Epcot Food and Wine Festival Tip: Should I Bring My Kids to the Festival?

The 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is the event that Disney World Food Lovers — us included! — wait for all year long! And it will be here before you know it!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Tips

Summer is a busy time here at DFB, as we’re on the lookout for all of the latest festival news. And this year promises to be the biggest one yet, spanning 75 days, and even reaching into August. We can’t wait!

And I know you can’t either. But we gotta. ;-)  So in the meantime, we’ve set out to offer you some super helpful tips as you gear up for another memorable Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

They come from the DFB Guide to the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival e-book. This year’s guide is available for pre-order ahead of the festival. And when you pre-order your 2017 guide, you’ll receive the 2016 guide as an immediate download for FREE, so you can get started with your planning right away!

Today’s question comes courtesy of the guide’s helpful Frequently Asked Questions section.

Should I Bring My Kids to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival?

Want to know the short answer? We say: Yes!

But why? Well…lots of reasons!

There’s still morning in Future World! Don’t forget — first and foremost, Epcot is still a theme park. Listen, I know that they’ve gone a little bonkers with the whole festival thing (not that we mind at all), but at the end of the day — or rather, at the beginning — Epcot is still a park with cool rides and educational attractions.

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Mission Space

Don’t forget to spend some time exploring and reacquainting yourself with Soarin’, Test Track, Mission Space, and more. [Read more…]

2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival News! More Eat to the Beat Concert Series Acts

The news about the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival continues to trickle in. We are keeping our ears to the ground to bring you all of the news as soon as we get it!

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While we await pieces of information like more details about the 35 booths celebrating 35 years of Epcot and when The Chew might be in town this year, we’re also keeping an eye on just which acts we can expect to see for Eat to the Beat.

The Eat to the Beat Concert Series takes place nearly every night of the festival. Shows are scheduled three times each evening, so you’re guaranteed to be able to catch your favorite acts, even if you have special events or low cost demonstrations or seminars booked.

We’re still awaiting the full line up — it could be announced any day now — but today, we’re sharing with you a few additional acts that we’ve learned about in recent days!

As always, the information we share is subject to change. For the very latest information on this year’s festival, keep an eye on our main 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival page. And for the very latest updates delivered directly to you, subscribe to the DFB Newsletter! [Read more…]

2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Tip: How Many Days Should I Budget For the Festival?

You Guys! It’ll be here before we know it!! YEP — I’m talking about the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! If you haven’t already, mark your calendars for August 31-November 13. This year’s festival offers a record 75 days of fantastic eats, drinks, and more!

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Already, we’re starting to get our very first big pieces of news about how this year’s festival will shape up.

We know for sure that there will be 35 booths to celebrate the 35 years of Epcot, and that both India and Spain will return in 2017.

While we await the announcement of the rest of the new booths, we can still start our planning! If you haven’t already done it, this is a great time to preorder the 2017 DFB Guide to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. We have all the tips, tricks, and strategies that will make this your best fest yet! AND when you preorder the 2017 guide, you get the 2016 guide for free as an immediate download — so you can start your planning now!

In the meantime, we’re sharing some of our best tips for making the most of your time at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival from our guide’s Frequently Asked Questions section. Today’s question is:

How Many Days Should I Budge For The Epcot Food and Wine Festival?

We get this one all the time! And while there’s no right or wrong answer, we definitely have a few things for you to consider as you make your decision.

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Epcot Food and Wine Festival

If possible, plan for two or more days. See, here’s the thing. For all that we talk about the festival centerpiece — the marketplace booths — there is so much more to do and experience. And it’s not all super pricey. [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: May 7, 2017

Happy weekend! We hope you’re enjoying a wonderful and relaxing weekend! Now it’s time to sit back with a cuppa tea or java, and check out the latest in Disney food news… .

Warm Apple Crisp at Sunshine Seasons

Warm Apple Crisp at Sunshine Seasons

There are just a few more weeks to enjoy the 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival with its Outdoor Kitchens, and we have all the menus and food photos for you!

Don’t forget, the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival starts in August this year! YAY! Don’t forget to check out all the details here.

And if you want even MORE food news, we also have news on the updated menus for the 2017 Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic!

We have a lot to share with you this week, so let’s jump right in…

Disney Food News

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 menu updates, restaurant closures, special events, and more! We’ve got all the latest for you, so check it out before you go.

New DFB Video!

Have you subscribed to the DFB YouTube Channel? We’ve got great content going up twice a week showcasing our adventures in Disney World and Disneyland! This week, we’re talking about the Best Margaritas at Disney World! Check it out below — and subscribe here!

Deal of the Week: Save on The 2017 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book Second Edition!

Do you have your DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining 2017 Second Edition? To celebrate this milestone — the first time we’ve shared a second edition — and to say thank you to all of our loyal DFB readers – you can order the Second Edition for 20% OFF your purchase with code SAVE2017!

Why a Second Edition, You Ask?

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2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival: NEW Booths, Special Events, and More!

We have a few updates for the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, which is running for a record 75 days this year from August 31 until November 13!

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We’ve been sharing all the latest details with you as soon as we hear them, including the Eat to the Beat concert lineup and the Food and Wine Festival Marketplace Booths!

2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Updates

Disney starts releasing Food and Wine Festival information in small bites this time every year. And right now we have details on the NEW Marketplace Booths, Party for the Senses, new activities and dishes for kids, and special events! Read on for more! [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: April 23, 2017

Happy weekend! We hope you’re enjoying a couple days of rest and relaxation! Now it’s time to sit back with a cuppa tea or java, and check out the latest in Disney food news… .

Cinnamon French Toast Bread Pudding at Sunshine Seasons

Cinnamon French Toast Bread Pudding at Sunshine Seasons

The 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival with its Outdoor Kitchens is in full bloom through the end of May, and we have all the menus and food photos for you!

Don’t forget, the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival starts in August this year! Whew!!

And if you want even MORE food news, we also have news on the updated menus for the 2017 Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic!

We have a lot to share with you this week, so let’s jump right in…

Disney Food News

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 menu updates, restaurant closures, special events, and more! We’ve got all the latest for you, so check it out before you go.

New DFB Video!

Have you subscribed to the DFB YouTube Channel? We’ve got great content going up twice a week showcasing our adventures in Disney World and Disneyland! This week, we’re expecting the Free Dining Offer to come out, so we did a video all about the details! Check it out below — and subscribe here!

Deal of the Week: Save on The 2017 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book Second Edition!

This week we launched the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining 2017 Second Edition! To celebrate this milestone — the first time we’ve shared a second edition — and to say thank you to all of our loyal DFB readers – you can order the Second Edition for 20% OFF your purchase with code SAVE2017!

Why a Second Edition, You Ask?

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38 Special Confirmed for Eat to the Beat Concert Series at Epcot Food and Wine Festival

We’re in high gear here, closely monitoring all the news so that we can bring you the latest, most up to date info about the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

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The festival will begin August 31 this year, and runs through November 13! That’s 75 days to eat, drink, and rock.

Wait, what? Yep — Rock! Because the Eat to the Beat Concert Series keeps getting better and better!

If you’re a newbie to the festival, we’ll bring you up to speed. Eat to the Beat features musical acts from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s each year, and concerts take place most evenings of the Festival — not just during the weekends.

The concerts are performed three times per evening, so you have three opportunities every night to see your favorite acts — at 5:30PM, 6:45PM, and 8:00PM.

We already told you about some of the bands that we expect to see playing in the America Gardens Theatre during this year’s series. And recently, we learned that fan favorite 38 Special will be returning in 2017 once again as well!

The Southern rock band will perform September 28 and 29, so mark your calendars if they are one of your favorites.

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© 38 Special

Be sure to check out our Eat to the Beat page for all of the acts you can expect to see during the 2017 Eat to the Beat Concert Series as well as the very latest information on Eat to the Beat Dining Packages. [Read more…]

News: Permits Filed for the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

The 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is still a few months away, but we have some exciting news to share! We’re hearing that several popular booths may be returning for the 2017 Festival.

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According to the Orlando Business Journal, permits have been filed to “provide labor, materials and/or electrical for construction” for Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booths.

The returning booths as noted in the permits are: Scotland, New Zealand, Ireland, Belgium, Islands of the Caribbean, Patagonia, Brazil, the Chocolate Studio, and Sustainable Chew. [Read more…]

News! Updated Menus Now Available for 2017 Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

We first told you the dates and details for the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic — one of our favorite food events of the year — way back in January!

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This event ALWAYS gets tons of kudos from our readers!

The event, which takes place one weekend during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, is back again in 2017. Mark your calendars for Friday, October 27, and Saturday, October 28!

This event may only be two days long, but there’s a lot of wonderful eating and drinking to pack into that time.

The Food and Wine Classic offers guests informative and fun food and beverage seminars on a wide range of topics. We’ve enjoyed learning about mixology and all about Champagne in the past.

And food topics like how to make pasta are delicious and educational! To see the full list with descriptions of each, check out our Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic Seminar Page.

But today, we’re excited to bring you the full menus for this year’s Causeway Event.

More than 50 Tasting Stations will be set up along the scenic Causeway between the Swan and Dolphin Resorts.

The Causeway

The Causeway

Booths will feature tasting plates from the resort’s 17 different restaurants and lounges, and more than 30 wineries from all over the world will offer pairings for the dishes. Craft breweries are also well represented, and live entertainment keeps the party going all evening long, as day fades into night. [Read more…]

News! 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Concert Preliminary Bands

It’s that time of year again, Epcot Food and Wine Festival Fans!

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You know that here at DFB we pride ourselves on reporting Epcot Food and Wine Festival Info just as soon as we have it! And today, we’re sharing with you a look at the VERY FIRST artists you can expect to return for the 2017 Eat to the Beat concert series!

Just in case you’re new to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, lemme tell you a little about what all this means. Eat to the Beat is a concert series that takes place during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, which runs this year from August 31-November 13. The series features musical acts from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s each year, and concerts take place most evenings of the Festival.

Since this partial list is preliminary, be sure to stay tuned to the Disney Food Blog for additions and/or changes to the schedule! We will bring you all the latest news first!

Eat to the Beat concerts are performed three times per evening, so you have three opportunities every night to see your favorite acts — at 5:30PM, 6:45PM, and 8:00PM.

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2017 Eat to the Beat Concert Line Up…So Far

Note: this schedule is subject to change.

August 31-September 1: Delta Rae
October 4-5: Rumor: Christopher Cross
October 14-15: Jeffrey Osbourne
October 27-29: Starship featuring Mickey Thomas

We’ll be updating our Eat to the Beat Schedule Page as soon as we have more bands confirmed!

All concerts take place in the American Gardens Theater at Epcot’s America Pavilion. Concerts are “free” — included in the price of your Epcot admission!

Lots of Festival goers plan their trips around which bands will be playing, so we’re pretty serious about bringing you news of bands and and dates as soon as we get our hands on them! Check back with our 2017 Eat to the Beat Concert schedule frequently to see updates. 

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We can’t wait for more Food and Wine info to be released! Be sure to join our DFB Newsletter for Epcot Food and Wine Festival details!

Start Your Planning NOW!

News! The DFB Guide to the 2017 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book is now available for pre-order! And if you pre-order the 2017 edition, you get the 2016 edition (with TONS of great info!) for FREE!!!

This 250+-page guide to the Festival offers insider tips and advice as well as all of the details you need to know to plan your best Festival visit ever.

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Your purchase includes several bonus items as well — including a full daily schedule of events at the Festival and a printable World Showcase Booth Menu Checklist to carry with you as you Eat around the World!

Order your 2017 edition today and we’ll immediately send you the 2016 edition for FREE to get started on planning right away! Don’t miss a moment of the fun!

Use code Chefs at check-out for a 20% discount!

Be sure to stay tuned to Disney Food Blog for all of the latest coverage about the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. We’ll have the details FIRST!

Now let’s hear from all of you Eat to the Beat Fans — what music acts are you hoping to catch at this year’s Festival? Leave a comment below!