News! Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booths Going UP!

It’s COMING SOON 

I’m talking about the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! Kicking off on August 31st, the longer-than-ever Festival will run all the way through November 13th!

There will be 35 Festival Marketplace Booths in celebration of Epcot’s 35th Anniversary (in fact, you can check out the full list of menus here!).

Coming Soon! sign

Coming Soon! sign

So I guess with more Booths AND more days than ever, the Food and Wine Festival crew needed some extra time to prepare. Because we are ALREADY seeing the Festival Marketplace Booths popping up all over World Showcase!

So you see, I’m not the only one telling you it’s COMING SOON

Coming Soon sign

Coming Soon sign

That’s actually the only current designation on the signage posted on top of the standing booths. But after years and years of attending the Food and Wine Festival, I’ve gotten to know these buildings pretty darn well! So, it’s now no trouble spotting the Ireland Marketplace Booth. (SUPER excited about the Warm Irish Cheddar Cheese and Stout Dip with Irish Brown Bread here! It’s SOOOO GOOD.)

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2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth Preview: Active Eats and Flavors from Fire

We’re counting down the days until the start of the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival – which, by the way, is August 31 this year!

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As part of our countdown to the Food and Wine Festival, we’re making a list of all the things we MUST eat and that list includes items from two of the new booths this year – Active Eats and Flavors from Fire.

This year’s Festival features 35 Marketplace booths in celebration of Epcot’s 35th anniversary, including several that are returning from hiatus, and five that are brand new for this year, including the two we’re showcasing today.

Let’s check out what you’ll find at Active Eats and Flavors from Fire!

Active Eats

Active Eats brings back a few favorites from previous Epcot Food and Wine Festivals including a favorite here at the DFB – Loaded Mac and Cheese with bacon and green onions.

Food:

  • Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Peppers and Green Onions
  • Roasted Verlasso Salmon with Quinoa Salad and Arugula Chimichurri (GF)
  • Sweet Avocado Crema with Strawberries, Yellow Cake and Tortilla Streusel

Beverages:

  • M.I.A. Beer Company HRD WTR Cucumber & Lemon Lime Hard Sparkling Water, Doral, FL
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Riesling, Washington
  • Evolution by Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

We’re so happy the Loaded Mac and Cheese is back this year! Be sure to budget for two helpings of this! This one was relocated from Farm Fresh to Active Eats this year.

Loaded mac and cheese with Nueske's pepper bacon cheddar cheese peppers and green onions

Loaded mac and cheese with Nueske’s pepper bacon cheddar cheese peppers and green onions

The Roasted Verlasso Salmon with Quinoa Salad and Arugula Chimichurri is also on the menu this year, relocated from the Patagonia booth.

Roasted Verlasso salmon with quinoa salad and arugula chimichurri

Roasted Verlasso salmon with quinoa salad and arugula chimichurri

And you’ll want to save room for dessert at Active Eats where you’ll find the Sweet Avocado Crema with Strawberries, Yellow Cake and Tortilla Streusel.

•Sweet Avocado Crema with Strawberries, Yellow Cake and Tortilla Streusel

Sweet Avocado Crema with Strawberries, Yellow Cake and Tortilla Streusel

Next up — Flavors from Fire is bringing spicy foods and dishes to the Festival this year!

News! The DFB Guide to the 2017 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book is now available!

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. 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!

Flavors from Fire

We’re really excited about this new booth. The Smoked Corned Beef with Warm Crispy Potatoes, Pickled Onions and Blonde Ale Beer Fondue is one of our top New Menu Item picks for the festival.

2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menu Flavors of Fire
Food:

  • Piggy Wings: Roasted Pork Wings with Korean BBQ Sauce and Sesame Seeds
  • Smoked Corned Beef with Warm Crispy Potatoes, Pickled Onions and Blonde Ale Beer Fondue featuring BelGioioso Romano and America Grana Cheeses
  • Sweet Pancake with Spicy Chipotle Chicken Sausage, Onion Jam and Maple Butter Syrup
  • Chocolate Picante: Dark Chocolate Mousse with Cayenne Pepper, Chili Powder and Raspberry Dust

Beverages:

  • Orlando Brewery Smokin’ Blackwater Porter
  • Ravenswood Zinfandel, Napa Valley
  • Swine Brine featuring Evan Williams Bourbon

You really need to add the Smoked Corned Beef with Warm Crispy Potatoes, Pickled Onions, and Blonde Ale Beer Fondue featuring BelGioioso Romano and America Grana Cheeses to your must-eat list!

This is so crazy good that I had two helpings at the preview last week!

Smoked Corn Beef with Warm Crispy Potatoes

Smoked Corn Beef with Warm Crispy Potatoes

The Piggy Wings from the 2016 South Korea booth remain at the Festival thanks to Flavors from Fire!

Piggy Wings return from 2016's South Korea Booth!

Piggy Wings return from 2016’s South Korea Booth!

The Sweet Pancake with Spicy Chipotle Chicken Sausage, Onion Jam and Maple Butter Syrup offers up some serious flavor pairings! We liked the sausage on this one, but the pancake wasn’t the best. The maple butter syrup was a great flavor profile, though.

Sweet Pancake with Spicy Chipotle Chicken Sausage, Onion Jam and Maple Butter Syrup

Sweet Pancake with Spicy Chipotle Chicken Sausage, Onion Jam and Maple Butter Syrup

Even the dessert, Chocolate Picante: Dark Chocolate Mousse with Cayenne Pepper, Chili Powder and Raspberry Dust, has a bit of heat! You gotta save room for this!

Chocolate Picante: Dark Chocolate Mousse with Cayenne Pepper, Chili Powder and Raspberry Dust

Chocolate Picante: Dark Chocolate Mousse with Cayenne Pepper, Chili Powder and Raspberry Dust

These are two booths we can’t wait to visit at this year’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

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How to Book Epcot Food & Wine Festival Events

To book all special events and demonstrations, call 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378) starting July 20 at 7:00AM ET. Culinary Demonstrations and Beverage Seminars and general admission for some special events may be bookable online at www.epcotfoodfestival.com as well as by phone.

Tables in Wonderland members, Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and Golden Oak Residents are eligible for a $2 discount (per person, per event) for beverage and seminars and culinary demos taking place Mon-Thurs during the festival. Members of these groups can also book all Special Events early on July 18th beginning at 9:00AM ET. Discounts are by phone only at 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378). Stay tuned to DisneyFoodBlog.com and the Disney Food Blog Newsletter for details.

Chase Disney Visa Cardholders will not have early access to booking.

What are you looking forward to eating at Active Eats and Flavors from Fire? Let us know in the comments.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Review: Party for the Senses

It’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival Time. And that means we’re heading back into World ShowPlace for the grandest of the Food and Wine Festival Special EventsParty for the Senses!

In previous years, Party for the Senses one of the festival’s biggest (and priciest) Special Events, brought together over-the-top food and drink, paired with up close and personal entertainment provided by Cirque de Soleil. But in 2016, that all changed, as the events became much more specifically themed and the slate of entertainment changed with each party.

Disney Springs Featured at Party for the Senses

Disney Springs Featured at Party for the Senses

Join us as we look back at one of the events from last year, which celebrated Disney Springs.

Party for the Senses: A Sense of Disney Springs

Have you ever been inside the cavernous World ShowPlace? What? You don’t even know what that is?

Well, that’s because it’s a special events pavilion that’s only opened up for big doings, such as holiday dinner buffets… and grand tasting events during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, like Party for the Senses. During the rest of the year, the venue, located between the Canada and UK Pavilions, is hidden behind a large set of wooden doors.

Inside World ShowPlace

Inside World ShowPlace

As you enter, the first room is normally sort of like a giant receiving hall. Go past this area, and that’s where the party really starts. [Read more…]

Confirmed! Food and Wine Festival Early Booking Date and Discounts For TiW and DVC Members, and Annual Passholders

Food and Wine Festival Updates 2016 Info Graphic SquareDid you see ALL THE NEWS about the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival that just dropped yesterday?!

We’re talking Food Booth Menus, Eat to the Beat Dining Packages, Special Events, and more!

Early Booking Date Confirmed

And speaking of Special Events, it has been confirmed that Disney Vacation Club Members and Tables in Wonderland Members are eligible for early booking for this year’s Festival. While the general public can book all events July 20th at 7:00 am EST, DVC Members (as well as the previously confirmed Tables in Wonderland, Annual Passholders, and, we believe, Golden Oak Residents) can book select Special Events such as Culinary Demonstrations, Beverage Seminars, and “Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It” Workshops and “Party for the Senses” starting at 9:00 am EST on July 18th.

Food and Wine Festival Discount and Perks

These affinity groups are also confirmed as eligible to receive a $2 discount for low-cost events on Mondays through Thursdays.

Additionally, DVC Members who are looking forward to the “Party for the Senses” may book from a block of 50 seats reserved specifically for Members for the September 23 and October 21 party dates!

Party for the Senses

Party for the Senses

After August 4th, remaining spaces will be available for both Members and guests. DVC Members who book from the reserved seating block will also receive a complimentary wine glass designed for the occasion.

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News! 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival BOOTH MENUS, FOOD PHOTOS, and SPECIAL EVENTS Details!

Woohoo! It’s finally here! We have a WHOLE LOTTA INFO TO SHARE WITH YOU TODAY!

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That’s right — today we are sharing NEARLY ALL of the information that you need to plan your 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival visit!

See the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menus and Start Planning!

Be sure to click on our individual pages for each booth to see food photos of most of the dishes!

The festival runs from August 31 through November 13. That’s 75 full days of eating and drinking All the Things Around the World! And general booking for ALL EVENTS begins on Thursday, July 20!

We know that you’re anxious to get planning, so let’s get right to it — here is all the information on everything happening at this year’s Food and Wine Festival!

2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booths and Menu Items

Once again, the fun is officially expanding into Future World, as Marketplace Booths will once again be located in this part of the park. Enjoy 35 different booths in all to celebrate 35 years of Epcot!

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New in 2017, Epcot is going regional and themed! Lots of the new booths center around a certain theme or food. What does that mean? Read on! [Read more…]

News: Win a Trip to Disney World with The Chew’s Magical Adventure Culinary Sweepstakes

Did you hear the news? It’s official: the cast of ABC’s daytime cooking show, The Chew, will be returning to the Epcot Food & Wine Festival this fall.

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And just like last year, YOU have a chance to join them!

The Chew’s Magical Culinary Adventure Sweepstakes is once again running for the 2017 Epcot Food & Wine Festival!

Enter To Win A Trip to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

You can enter The Chew’s Magical Culinary Adventure Sweepstakes between now and 11:59 pm on September 15th. The chosen winner (age 18 or older) will be able to bring three guests along to Disney World between October 3rd through 8th, 2017 to enjoy the Food and Wine Festival and attend a live taping of The Chew!

This year, the winner will also receive a $500 Disney Gift Card (for use at select stores in Disney Springs).

AND, after watching the live taping of “The Chew,” the winner will be able to try dishes at The Chew’s brand new Marketplace Booth this year, Earth Eats!

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©Disney

Read all about The Chew’s appearance at the 2017 Epcot Food & Wine Festival here! And DON’T FORGET to visit The Chew’s Magical Culinary Adventure Sweepstakes webpage to enter the contest! [Read more…]

Seven Things To Do BEFORE the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

You’re going to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival! Hooray!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Tips

Ok. Now what?

In 2017, the Epcot Food and Wine Festival will take place August 31 through November 13. That’s 75 days of discovering new dishes, enjoying interesting wines, and learning about exciting cocktails and craft beers.

But unless you’re independently wealthy, you probably won’t be enjoying the entire two and a half month stretch.

Luckily, we know a thing or two about planning a GREAT Epcot Food and Wine Festival trip. We’ve even compiled our best tips in our DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Food and Wine Festival, available right now for pre-order.

To get you started on everything from choosing your dates, to what to pack, and how you pay for it all, let’s check out our best tips for Preparing for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, From Start to Finish.

1) Schedule Your Dates

It may seem basic, but get the calendar out and decide when you’d like to visit.

But really, it’s not so basic, right? There are all kinds of things to consider: When are crowds the largest? What’s the weather like? And OMG is Hanson going to be there this year??? (Spoiler Alert: Yep. They are.)

OMG! Hanson! (©Hanson)

OMG! Hanson! (©Hanson)

Unfortunately, with respect to schedules, if you have to plan in advance, you’re going to have to do so with some unknowns. Disney always puts out the final schedule of events, for everything from Special Events to Demonstrations and Seminars, pretty much at the last minute. Even Eat to the Beat is coming later and later (although we do have that full lineup — see it here!)

Beverage Seminar

Beverage Seminar

Our suggestion? Plan as much as you can based upon weather, crowds, and a general idea of when Special Events have taken place historically. For a look back at all of the details of previous Festivals, check out our Disney Food and Wine Festivals Page. [Read more…]

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.

Mission Space

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: 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…]

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…]