Disney Food Post Round-Up: March 9, 2014

We’ve got full reviews of EVERY food item at the 2014 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Booths!

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Must Eat Treats

Think this is just flowers and plants? No, sir! As of last year, Disney World has planted some serious foodstuffs into the festival…it’s almost as good as Food and Wine! Spiked Dole Whip? Check! Dole Whip on a waffle? Check! Duck Confit with Garlic Potatoes? Check! Kumquat Pie? Check! And so much more.

Check out our FULL Reviews of all the goodies (including the Piggylicious Cupcake!) here!

There’s even more fun food news from Disney; click on the links below!

Disney Food News

Of course, there’s more! Check out all the latest Disney Food News — even the stuff we don’t mention in posts on the blog! — on our Disney Food News Pin Board, including restaurant closures, and more!

DFB Reader Finds

If you find a fun new food — or other edible awesomeness — in or from Disney, share a photo with us on facebook or twitter so we can add it to our DFB Reader Finds each Sunday!

In honor of Frozen’s Oscar wins, we’re featuring Frozen-themed goodies! Little Miss Party Cakes, a Facebook friend, sent in this cake created for her daughter’s birthday.

Frozen Birthday Cake

Frozen Birthday Cake

Also, Facebook friend Tarin put her baking skills to work for her daughter’s birthday.

Frozen Birthday Cake

Frozen Birthday Cake

Thank you for sharing your birthday celebrations. We can’t wait to see what our readers share with us next!

The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2014 e-Book Grand Launch

The fully updated DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2014 e-Book is an instantly downloadable PDF guide, featuring over 450 full-color pages of photographs, information, and advice about our favorite subjects — food and dining in Walt Disney World.

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It’s guaranteed to help you navigate your way to delicious dining on your next trip! And if you’re ready to get yours now, head on over to DFBGuide.com to pick it up!!

For our Grand Launch Sale, use code: 2014 to get a $4 discount for a limited time! And at the end of this post, we have details on even more savings!

Here Are Just Some Of What You Get With Our 2014 Guide:

  • Over 450 Pages of Disney Dining and Planning information, tips, reviews, and recommendations!
  • An in-depth Disney Dining Restaurant Reviews section, covering all Disney restaurants, food kiosks, bars, and lounges
  • An updated Disney Dining Plan section and price analysis for 2014
  • NEW Disney food and restaurant photos
  • An updated Disney Snacks chapter, including our list of dozens of must-try snacks AND our Top 11 Must-Have Snacks for 2014.
  • An updated section on birthday parties and specialty cakes in Disney World
  • A comprehensive, 10-page chapter of What’s New in Disney World in 2014, including new restaurants, menu updates, and more
  • Details about how the My Magic+ Planning System and FastPass+ will affect your vacation planning
  • Our picks for the 11 Great Snacks you must try this year
  • Scavenger Hunts, Trivia, and Top 5 List updates
  • Bingo Cards
  • Updates on all pertinent facts such as dining hours, prices, resources, phone numbers, and restaurant closures/openings
  • All new restaurant additions, closures, refurbishments, and added dining experiences
  • And much more!

But, of course we’re offering a discount for our Grand Launch week!! Again, to celebrate the launch and to thank you for your support of the blog, we’ll be offering the Guide for $4 off its standard rate for a limited time! Order your copy now at DFBGuide.com and use code: [Read more…]

What’s New Around Disney World and Disneyland for March 8, 2014!

There’s lots new to see all over the World and the Land! So settle in, friends, and read on!

Hollywood Studios

We’re starting this round at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant!

Sci Fi Diner

“…It came from the snack bar”

The House-made Sci-Fi Candy Bar has hit the dessert menu: a white and dark chocolate mousse layered between sponge cake and dipped in chocolate ganache.

Sci Fi Dessert Menu

Sci Fi Dessert Menu

There have been a couple of additions to 50’s Prime Time Café as well.

50s Prime Time Sign

50s Prime Time Sign

Another vegetarian entrée has been added to the menu: Sissy’s Vegetarian Favorite Multigrain Spaghetti! “Vegetable Protein and Mushrooms tossed in Marinara Sauce, just like Spaghetti and Meatballs.”

And don’t forget dessert! All your favorites remain, but Old-fashioned Handmade Milk Shakes are listed, featuring the famous “Peanut Butter & Jelly” and the limited time “Red Velvet Cupcake.”

Magic Kingdom

Okay, this next update isn’t about food… it’s just next to food ;) . But I couldn’t resist [Read more…]

2014 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival FULL Food Booth Menus, Photos, and Reviews

The 2014 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival started yesterday and runs through May 18. We now have food photos and reviews for EVERY food item (and most of the drinks!) at the 11 amazing Outdoor Kitchens! See our Overall Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Food Booths Page for details!

Simply click on the links for each booth to see photos of the booth, the full menu, and every single food item!

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Must Eat Treats

And the festival isn’t resting on its laurels from last year. We were in Epcot for the better part of opening day, trying lots and lots of new things! We have lots to show you, so let’s get to it!

NEW!: Urban Farm Eats

Urban Farm Eats is brand new to the festival this year. Featuring a bevy of farm fresh foods and sustainably farm-raised fish, we didn’t quite know what to expect.

Urban Farm Eats Menu

Urban Farm Eats Menu

The Ghost Pepper-dusted Tilapia with Crisp Winter Melon Slaw and Mint Oil featuring The Original Sauce Man’s Kick It Up Rub was a real winner, though! The fish was cooked to perfection, and the spicy ghost pepper lent a kick to the plate.

Ghost Pepper-dusted Tilapia

Ghost Pepper-dusted Tilapia

The Eggplant “Scallop” wasn’t our favorite dish of the day, though. Our serving was way too salty. And even though the eggplant was a miss, the spicy Romesco sauce on the side was great!

Land-grown Eggplant “Scallop”

Land-grown Eggplant “Scallop”

Huge kudos to the staff for using LAND-grown produce, though! Be sure to check out the Urban Farm Eats page for additional photos and reviews!

Intermissions Cafe

Intermissions Cafe, located at the Festival Center in Future World, will open at 10 a.m. throughout the festival. It features several light and fresh food options.

Intermissions Cafe Menu

Intermissions Cafe Menu

This year, they’re showcasing a fun TRYit! food item again for the kiddos — a Push Pop!

Caprese Push Pop

Caprese Push Pop

This year, the 1-bite treat features a traditional Caprese Salad mix — with Tomato, Mozzarella, and Balsamic Vinegar.

Pineapple Promenade

If there was one thing that we heard from plenty of you last year, it was the suggestion that Dole Whips served at the festival should be spiked with Coconut Rum. Well, guess what? Disney clearly agrees with you.

Pineapple Promenade Menu

Pineapple Promenade Menu

This year’s festival debuts not one, but TWO different [Read more…]

First Look! 2014 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival MUST-EAT Treats!

We’ve been touring the 2014 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival all day, indulging in the gorgeous views and good eats! See the full menus for this year’s booths here!

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Must Eat Treats

As many of you remember, the Flower and Garden Festival added multiple food booths to its offerings last year. They’re all back this year — including one extra addition — to tempt the tastebuds of Springtime visitors to Epcot this time around!

Don't forget to grab your Flower and Garden Festival passport and keep track of all the eats!

Don’t forget to grab your Flower and Garden Festival passport and keep track of all the eats!

We’ll have a full review of ALL the goodies for you tomorrow, but let’s take a peek at some of the must-try items this year!

Ahhh, Epcot in the Spring.

Ahhh, Epcot in the Spring.

Sweet Potato Cinnamon Waffle with Dole Whip at Pineapple Promenade

This awesome combo of sweet potato waffle and everyone’s favorite pineapple deliciousness is a must-try for Epcot guests. We were really surprised how much we enjoyed the cinnamon + pineapple combo!

Find it at the Pineapple Promenade booth at the front of the World Showcase!

Sweet Potato Cinnamon Waffle with Dole Whip

Sweet Potato Cinnamon Waffle with Dole Whip

Piggylicious Cupcake at The Smokehouse

If you woke up this morning thinking you should really have bacon AND cupcakes for breakfast, well, we’ve got the ticket! Just head over to the Smokehouse booth!

This Piggylicious cupcake gives you a bacon cupcake topped with maple frosting AND pretzels! Where do the pretzels come from? Who cares? Yum. Our team says the cake has lots of salty, smoky bacon; and the cake base is less sweet than normal yellow cake.

The maple frosting is much better than we expected, and altogether, this treat really works! Pancakes and bacon in a cupcake? Shore!!

Piggylicious Cupcake -- Bacon cupcake with maple frosting and pretzels

Piggylicious Cupcake — Bacon cupcake with maple frosting and pretzels

Kumquat Pie at Florida Fresh

New at the Florida Fresh booth this year, guests can partake in a Kumquat Pie!

We found the texture a [Read more…]

News! 2014 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival FULL Food Menus!

We have big news from Epcot today!

With just a few weeks to go before the opening of the 2014 Flower and Garden Festival, and thanks to a heads up from DFB reader Linda, we have the full list of menus for the super popular Outdoor Kitchens! Mark your calendars — the Festival lasts from March 5 through May 18.

Disney Food Blog Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

These kiosks, which are reminiscent of the Marketplace Booths that dominate the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, feature delicious small plates that allow you to taste fresh flavors from the garden.

We Loved This Violet Lemonade at the 2013 Flower and Garden Festival!

We Loved This Violet Lemonade at the 2013 Flower and Garden Festival!

There are lots and lots of new things to try. One new booth will debut — Urban Farm Eats — while we say Auf Wiedersehen to the German-inspired Bauernmarkt for 2014. (Let’s hope it’s back next year!)

Without further ado, let’s get to it!

NEW!: Urban Farm Eats

This year, a brand new booth, Urban Farm Eats, debuts with Land-grown produce and the best of farm-raised fish.

Land-grown Eggplant “Scallop” with Romesco Sauce and Spaghetti Squash from the Urban  Farm Eats Outdoor Kitchen

Land-grown Eggplant “Scallop” with Romesco Sauce and Spaghetti Squash from the Urban Farm Eats Outdoor Kitchen

2014 Menu

  • Pickled beet salad with goat cheese cream, mizuna and pistachios
  • Land-grown eggplant “scallop” with romesco sauce and spaghetti squash (TRYit!)
  • Ghost pepper-dusted tilapia with crisp winter melon slaw and mint oil featuring The Original Sauce Man’s Kick It Up Rub
  • Cucumber lemon spa water, finished with a sprig of fresh mint
  • The Vegan Vine Chardonnay
  • The Vegan Vine Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Redbridge Gluten-Free Sorghum Beer, Anheuser-Busch (St. Louis, Missouri)

Intermissions Cafe

Visit Intermissions Cafe at Festival Center for a jump start on fresh flavors before heading out to visit the Outdoor Kitchens!

Last Year's Beet Lollipop - Push Up. Can't Wait to Try the New Caprese Version!

Last Year’s Beet Lollipop – Push Up. Can’t Wait to Try the New Caprese Version!

2014 Menu

  • Grapes
  • Fruit & Cheese Plate
  • Vegan Trio
  • Southwest Chicken Wrap
  • Tuna Salad with Pita
  • Side Salad
  • Asian Tuna Salad with Noodles
  • Caprese Push-Pop — Tomato, Mozzarella, and Balsamic (TRYit! Selection)
  • Hurricane Class 5 White Sangria, Florida Orange Groves (St. Petersburg, Florida)
  • Garda Italian Wine Blend, Quantum Leap Winery (Orlando, Florida)
  • Rogue Valley Pinot Noir, Quantum Leap Winery (Orlando, Florida)
  • Martini Prosecco
  • Strongbow Cider, Bulmers Cider Company (White Plains, New York)
  • SweetWater Blue, SweetWater Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia)

Pineapple Promenade

Back for a second year, this is your chance to enjoy Dole Whip in lots of different ways — including toppers of Myer’s Dark Rum or Parrot Bay Coconut Rum! I can’t wait for this one!

Dole Whip with Spiced Rum at the 2013 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

Dole Whip with Spiced Rum at the 2013 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

And don’t miss the Violet Lemonade!

2014 Menu [Read more…]

News! 2014 Epcot Flower and Garden New Booths and Dishes!

We were so excited to bring you word that Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival this Spring will once again offer Food Kiosks in 2014. And today, we have more news about some of the things you can expect to see this year!

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New for the 21st Annual Festival, the kiosks have officially been given the name Outdoor Kitchens. This distinguishes them from their Food and Wine Festival cousins, the Marketplace Booths, which tend to be themed mostly to countries. (If you want to see last year’s Festival Eats, check out our full review!)

In all, expect to see 11 Outdoor Kitchens at this year’s festival, which are sure to pair delicious foods with a full array of beverages once more.

Watermelon Salad with pickled Red Onions, Baby Arugula, Feta Cheese and Balsamic Reduction

Watermelon Salad with pickled Red Onions, Baby Arugula, Feta Cheese and Balsamic Reduction

Some popular items are expected to return, but chefs promise that there will be plenty of new dishes to pique our interest as well.

NEW Urban Farm Eats Outdoor Kitchen Debuts at the 2014 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

This year, guests who attend the festival will be treated to a brand new Outdoor Kitchen featuring a hot new growing trend. The Urban Farm Eats Kitchen will feature sustainably farmed food, such as tilapia and eggplant. Dishes will include Land-Grown Eggplant “Scallop” with Romesco Sauce as well as Ghost Pepper-Dusted Tilapia served with Winter Melon Salad and Mango Chutney. To round out the menu, you can enjoy Vegan Wines in both Red and White Varieties, as well as Gluten-Free Beer.

How awesome is it that we’ll be enjoying foods grown right in The Land Attraction?!

Delicious New Dishes at Smokehouse BBQ

Some of the most highly anticipated treats will be featured at the popular [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: September 22, 2013

This week, we got our first look at the 2013 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! Once again, the party is brimming with unique treats!

From candy corn soft serve to cupcakes galore (YUM!), we recommend snacking your way through the party. Don’t forget about the complimentary trick-or-treat candy!

Here’s some more food news from your favorite Disney parks…

Disney Food News

Enjoy this week’s delicious news!

Of course, there’s more! Check out all the latest Disney Food News — even the stuff we don’t mention in posts on the blog! — on our Disney Food News Pin Board, including a Ghirardelli at El Capitan Theatre, and more.

DFB Reader Finds

If you find a fun new food — or other edible awesomeness — in or from Disney, share a photo with us on facebook or twitter so we can add it to our DFB Reader Finds each Sunday!

We’re featuring delicious eats from Disneyland this week from Reader Wendy Hofmann!

First up: “Bowl of gumbo ($9) from Cafe Orleans! Delicious! The bowl is a much better deal than the cup ($6). The gumbo is rich, with lots of chunky chicken and sausage. The restaurant serves it with a big serving of dirty rice on top of the soup.”

Gumbo Soup

Wendy shares this next delight: “OK, next picture does not do this item justice…carrot cake from [Read more…]

News! Food Kiosks Return for the 2014 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Today, we’ve got big news about the 2014 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival!

In 2013, Epcot celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Flower and Garden Festival with a fun new first — Food and Beverage Marketplace Booths! (Read our FULL review of last year’s event here!)

Dole Whip with Spiced Rum at the 2013 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival!

The marketplaces, similar to those you find at the Food and Wine Festival, celebrated fresh flavors from different countries. Many also featured surrounding gardens growing some of the ingredients used in the marketplace dishes!

Will Beijing-Style Candied Strawberries Return to the Lotus House?

Well, today, we are excited to bring you news that the food and beverage marketplace booths [Read more…]