Disney Food Post Round-Up: May 18, 2014

We’ve got lots of news to catch up on! Here we go…

Epcot Food and Wine Festival information is starting to trickle in, including a new marketplace booth, celebrity chefs, and new special events.

A Walt Disney World Free Dining offer opened to the general public for select 2014 vacation dates. And Jedi Masters and young padawans are enjoying the new Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine Character Meal at Hollywood and Vine in Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Star Wars Dessert Plate

Star Wars Dessert Plate

Click on the links below for details and more food news from Disney!

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, Cinco de Mayo Tastings at La Cava, 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!

Le Cellier in Epcot continues to impress diners! This pic was shared by DFB Reader Diandra: Filet Mignon, of course! Notice the NEW pea risotto!

Filet Mignon at Le Cellier

Filet Mignon at Le Cellier

And DFB Facebook Friend Rebecca cooks up her own version at home. Looks delish!

Homemade Version of Le Cellier's Filet Mignon

Homemade Version of Le Cellier’s Filet Mignon

To get you started in your home kitchens, check out the recipe for White Truffle Butter Sauce!

Thanks for sharing your mouth-watering finds with us!

The DFB Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks e-Book Deal

We’ve got more snacks! The 2014 Edition of The DFB Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks e-Book is now available!

It’s time to snag your copy! The DFB Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks e-Book is one of the many fun and informative Disney Dining e-Books offered by Disney Food Blog! Now we’ve updated our best-selling DFB Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks e-Book for 2014 with even more great information, photos, and…yep!…snacks!

We’ve made this guide instantly downloadable. It’s a PDF guide with photos, information, and advice on well over 150 delicious snacks (over 50 more than in our previous edition!) that you can savor in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. This guide is guaranteed to help you find the best snacks and treats for your family while visiting the Magic Kingdom, or your money back — we all know that treats at the Magic Kingdom are just as nostalgic as our first flight on Dumbo! With a 100% money-back guarantee, you have nothing to lose! :-)

The DFB Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks e-Book includes:

  • Full-color photos of over 150 of our favorite snacks
  • Current prices and Disney Dining Plan snack credit status
  • Snack locations
  • “Hidden treats” and add-ons that aren’t published on menus or that aren’t widely known
  • Disney Food Blog reviews of all snacks
  • Tips and tricks from experienced snack eaters
  • Special Bonus items you’re going to love! (Of course…how could we not include these?)

Know what you’re getting BEFORE using a precious snack credit or spending limited vacation dollars. Whether you want sweet, salty, crunchy, healthy, or something in between, The DFB Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks e-Book tells you where to find a snack to match your craving!

To thank you for your support of the blog, we’ll be offering the Guide for $2 off its already discounted purchase price for a limited time! Order your copy now for only $8.95 (regularly $10.95). The price will go up this week, so grab your copy now! To secure the discount, use code MAGIC14 at the check-out.

For more detailed information and screen shots from the e-Book, head over to DFBGuide.com! With a 100% money-back guarantee, you have nothing to lose! :-)

Want Even Greater Savings? Here’s How!

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Bundle for greater savings!

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R2D2 Measuring Cup Set

R2D2 Measuring Cup Set

On to the Round-Up!

Mickey Fix showcases an R2D2 Measuring Cup Set. Let R2D2 back you up in your kitchen; he’s a useful utility droid!

PassPorter Moms Podcast features Disney food news! Brought to you by AJ!

Eating (and Drinking) Around the World highlights this summer’s Taste of Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.

AllEars enjoys A Perfect Petals Brunch at Epcot. Vera Bradley fans will want to check out the new Disney-themed bags!

The Atomic Grog discusses Trader Sam’s coming to Walt Disney World’s Polynesian Village Resort.

The Buffalo News focuses on the restaurants in Epcot’s France pavilion. Includes interview with Chef Jerome Bocuse!

Disney Recipe: Gratin de Macaroni from Les Chefs de France in Epcot

Macaroni and Cheese — that glorious food that is both side dish and main dish.

But one of my favorite grown up versions is the baked Gratin de Macaroni at Les Chefs de France in Epcot’s France Pavilion.

The dish is so well loved that it’s even made its way onto the menu over the years for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival in the France Marketplace Booth. Will it make the cut for the 2014 Food and Wine Festival? Only time will tell!

But for the mac and cheese lover, this dish has everything! Sharp, tangy Gruyère cheese, golden crust, and it’s plenty big enough to share — if you want to! (Confession: Usually I don’t want to.)

But what are you to do if your next advance dining reservation for this wonderful spot is months off, and you’re craving some of this awesomeness, like, yesterday???

Gratin de Macaroni at Les Chefs de France

Gratin de Macaroni at Les Chefs de France

Why, make it at home, of course! Because with this recipe, the cheesy power is in your hands.

Gratin de Macaroni

Les Chefs de France

Ingredients: [Read more…]

DIY Disney Recipe: Shrimp Tacos from the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Shrimp Tacos are on the menu today! Our guest chef Carol provides in-depth instructions to a dish featured at the Mexico Marketplace during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World.

DIY Disney Recipe -- Crispy Shrimp Tacos

I don’t know about you, but the Epcot Food and Wine Festival season is my absolute favorite time of year to visit the parks at Walt Disney World. The weather starts cooling off just a bit (for us Floridians, 80s is definitely cooler)! Walking around the World Showcase sampling amazing food from many different countries is a great way to welcome Fall! If you’ve never been to the festival or are planning a visit, check out the end of this recipe to learn more about the festival along with a few helpful tips to maximize your journey!

I have to say, there are way too many great dishes to actually pick a favorite, but I can tell you that we LOVE the marketplace at Mexico. You HAVE to try the mango habanero margarita while visiting. It’s one of my favorite festival drinks of all time and is probably the most unique pairing of flavors in a drink that I’ve ever had. It pairs so well with the tacos from this marketplace, which by the way are amazing! They taste so fresh, and with a rib eye taco and a tempura shrimp taco to try, you learn quickly that this is definitely a gourmet food-lovers paradise!

Mexico Marketplace

Mexico Marketplace

I am excited that the festival sells a cookbook each year. It’s filled with classic festival recipes and updated each year with a few new ones, too! It’s a great way to keep the festival going year round in our house by making fun dishes that we tried on our journey around Epcot’s World Showcase. Luckily, the shrimp taco recipe is in my new 2013 festival cookbook!

Festival Cook Book

Festival Cookbook

I’ve already made this dish twice since visiting last year. Hopefully these tacos will get your family excited about visiting the festival or bring back great memories of your last trip to Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival. These fun little tacos are very easy to make, so let’s get started!

Mexico Booth: Crispy Shrimp Taco with Chipotle Lime Mayo and Cabbage Served on a Flour Tortilla

Mexico Booth: Crispy Shrimp Taco with Chipotle Lime Mayo and Cabbage Served on a Flour Tortilla


Makes 10 (6-inch) tacos.



Chipotle Mayo:

Chipotle Mayo

Chipotle Mayo

-2/3 cups mayonnaise
-7.5 ounce can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

Shrimp Tempura:

Shrimp Tempura Ingredients

Shrimp Tempura Ingredients

-1 egg white
-¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
-2 tablespoons cornstarch
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
-1/2 teaspoon paprika
-1/4 teaspoon baking powder
-1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
-1/8 teaspoon baking powder baking soda
-1/2 cup water
-1 pound large shrimp, peeled, deveined, with tails removed
(approximately 30-35 shrimp)

Shrimp Tacos:



-10 (6-inch) flour tortillas
-3 cups shredded red cabbage
-3/4 cup favorite salsa verde (green salsa)

-Vegetable Oil for Frying


Making Chipotle Mayonnaise:

Step 1: Puree chipotle peppers with adobo sauce in a food processor

Puree Chipotle Peppers

Puree Chipotle Peppers

Step 2: Mix mayo and pureed chipotle peppers in a medium bowl until smooth

Mix mayo with pureed peppers

Mix mayo with pureed peppers

Step 3: Cover and refrigerate

Mayo and Pepper Mixture

Mayo and Pepper Mixture

Making Tempura Shrimp:

Step 1: Heat about 2 inches of vegetable oil to 375 degrees Fahrenheit in a deep fryer or pan that can withstand heat

Heat Vegetable Oil

Heat Vegetable Oil

Step 2: Beat egg white in a small bowl until frothy and light. Do not overbeat. Set aside.

Separate Egg White

Separate Egg White

Beat Egg White

Beat Egg White

Step 3: In a large bowl, combine flour.

Combine Flour

Combine Flour

Add cornstarch.

Add Corn Starch

Add Corn Starch

Add salt, parsley, paprika, baking powder, garlic powder, baking soda, water, and egg white.

Mix until smooth.



Step 4: Add shrimp and toss until fully covered with batter. Drop 6-8 battered shrimp at a time in hot oil. Do not overcrowd. Fry 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Remove fried shrimp [Read more…]

Three Great Disney Pie Recipes for Pi Day!

Well, it’s Pi Day! And we’ve got three of our favorite Disney pie recipes for you to try this weekend as you celebrate all things pie (as I KNOW you’ll be doing)! ;-)

Chicken Pot Pie from 50’s Prime Time Cafe

Here’s a good one if you’re still stuck in the Polar Vortex! 50’s Prime Time Cafe‘s Chicken Pot Pie is the perfect comfort food…and it might just taste better than Mom’s!

Chicken Pot Pie at 50s Prime Time Cafe

Chicken Pot Pie at 50s Prime Time Cafe

But don’t tell her WE said that! Here’s the recipe… .

Peanut Butter, Banana, and Candied Bacon Pie from BoardWalk Bakery

This gorgeous pie features sweet, salty, and more in the perfect little package. So much flavor in one tiny treat!

Peanut Butter, Banana, and Candied Bacon Pie

Peanut Butter, Banana, and Candied Bacon Pie

You can find it at the BoardWalk Bakery in Disney World, or [Read more…]

News! 2014 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend Events and Registration Announced

Registration for the 2014 Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend Events opens March 4, 2014, at Noon!

Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members — booking starts today! Click here for registration.

wine and dine logo

Once again, runDisney invites you to a nighttime race that takes place during the 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. Our favorite time of the year!

This year’s race weekend is November 7-8, 2014!

Pre-Race Taste Party

This year, the weekend kicks off again with a Pre-Race Taste Party on Friday, November 7, 2014, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.! The party takes place at the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where guests can relax before the big race.

Wine and Dine Half Marathon!

The Pre-Race Taste will feature:

  • early entry into Disney’s Hollywood Studios at 6:00 p.m.;
  • a private party at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show;
  • four tastes from the Epcot Food & Wine Festival;
  • one “signature sip” drink coupon;
  • cash bar;
  • and Disney character meet & greets.

Tickets will be $79 (ages 3 and up). Children under 3 do not need a ticket.

Half Marathon and Finish Line Party

Join the ultimate runners night out as you race a half marathon through three Disney Theme Parks. Throughout your journey, you’ll pass entertainment and characters. Imagine running a race that circles the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, cruises down the Streets of America underneath the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and finishes near Spaceship Earth at Epcot.

Then, the party gets started after you cross the finish line! Celebrate your achievement at the Finish Line Party – an exclusive, after-hours [Read more…]

Review: Downtown Disney’s World Showcase of Flavors Food Truck

At long last (and as you may know from a previous DFB post), the final food truck has arrived at Downtown Disney’s West Side in Walt Disney World!

World Showcase of Flavors joins Superstar Catering, Namaste Café, and Fantasy Fare to complete the Disney Food Trucks lineup.

World Showcase of Flavors Food Truck pre-opening

World Showcase of Flavors Food Truck pre-opening

We’ve got a full review of that $18 lobster roll for ya, so scroll down to see that! In the meantime, let’s take a peek at this sleek truck!


Each Food Truck reflects the theme of a different Disney World Park (thus far Superstar Catering for Hollywood Studios, Namaste Café for Animal Kingdom, and Fantasy Fare for Magic Kingdom). World Showcase of Flavors represents Epcot — more specifically, the beloved Epcot Food & Wine Festival that comes to Epcot every Fall.

Banner on the back of the World Showcase of Flavors Food Truck

The adventure of travel and exploring other cultures for which World Showcase is known is captured in the design of the truck. I think the way it brings to mind an old-fashioned travel trunk covered with vintage-style “badges” collected along the way is pretty cool!

Vintage "stickers"

More vintage "stickers"

My favorite touch is the row of suitcases on top of the pickup window.

Pickup Window

By the way, my next pictures appear in a different setting – that’s because the trucks move :)! I snapped a few close-ups at its location by Cirque de Soleil pre-opening hours, but went back to eat when it was parked at the grassy area by Bongos Cuban Café.

Food Truck location by Bongos Cuban Cafe

Food Truck location by Bongos Cuban Cafe


The menu brings “The Best of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival” to guests year-round.

"The Best of the International Food and Wine Festival"

The three entrees are Festival favorites


Recipe: Eats From the Epcot Food and Wine Festival Cranberry Bog

Welp, the awesome 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is coming to a close! It’s been a great 45 days of eats, treats, drinks and, of course, cranberries. ;-)

Ocean Spray Cranberry Bog at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

The Ocean Spray Cranberry Bog was back again this year! You’ll remember the fun we had IN the BOG last year, and we got the chance again this year to traipse around in the berries for a bit…and sample some super yum eats…

Cocktail Party set up INSIDE the bog :-)

…and drinks!

Vodka, Cranberries, and Dancing Water!

And while we bid a fond farewell to the festival and that awesome Bog for another year, I thought it would be fun to share a great, wintry recipe that might carry the Festival fun through another couple of months for you! ;-) Cranberries (and CHEEZ!!!) are highlighted, of [Read more…]

Festival Sale! DFB Guide to the 2013 Epcot Internaional Food and Wine Festival

Festival time! The 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival begins this week!

From September 27 – November 11, 2013, Walt Disney World celebrates tastes from around the world at this annual festival. Taking place at Epcot, guests will have nearly 30 marketplace booths to explore with their taste buds. Festival-goers can also partake in culinary and beverage seminars, Special Events, Eat to the Beat concerts, and more! Don’t forget — there’s even a cranberry bog (one of my favorites!!)!

With all that’s in store for us at this year’s festival, it’s a great time to pick up a copy of our DFB Guide to the 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

The DFB Guide to the 2013 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book

Don’t forget to pick up your copy of the DFB Guide to the 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival e-Book THIS WEEK! It’s almost time for the festival to begin! With over 190 pages and multiple bonus items, it’s pretty substantial. And just in time to make your plans — the festival starts soon!

This week, we have a discount option for DFB readers (as always!). You can get the guide for $3 off the regular purchase price — just use code TRAY at the check-out!

As always, we’ve made this guide instantly downloadable for your convenience, and easily installed on your mobile devices. It’s a PDF guide with over 190 pages of detailed information about the Festival as well as photographs and customized bonus items to help you get the best experience possible.

Bonus Items

The DFB Guide to the 2013 Epcot Food & Wine Festival includes customized bonus items that go above and beyond any other Food & Wine Festival coverage currently available. These include:

  • A full, daily schedule of events for every day of the festival
  • A printable World Showcase Booth Menu Checklist that you can use to plan, and easily bring with you to the festival
  • Themed World Showcase booth crawls (there’s even one for the kids!)
  • Food and Wine Festival customized Touring Strategies for One Day visits, Budget-Conscious visits, visits with kids, and more
  • A chapter dedicated to [Read more…]

Make Your Own DFB Food and Wine Festival Tray!

Many of you know that one of my personal tips when visiting the Epcot Food and Wine Festival as an uber-fan is to bring along a tray to carry your goodies!

Yep — that’s right: a TRAY! Juggling a credit/gift card, a drink, a plate of food or two, your receipt, PLUS any extras like a day pack, purse, wallet, kid, etc. can get really annoying as you travel from booth to booth at the World Showcase.

So for the past few years I’ve visited with a tray, which makes it easy to hold my drink(s), plate(s) of food, credit card and receipt, and any other random things while I’m searching out a good place to eat. (Remember, tables can be few and far between at the festival, so it may take some searching to find one unoccupied.)

Make Your Own Official DFB Food and Wine Festival Tray

I’ve had many readers request that I start selling DFB branded trays for this purpose so that they could not only have a tray for the festival, but also promote their DFB reader status (which we greatly appreciate!). So I thought I’d make it one step MORE economical, and introduce…the OFFICIAL DFB TRAY BUMPER STICKER!

This way, you can use any tray you currently have — or head out and get a nice cheap one to use that suits your purposes and fits in your backpack/daypack!

Just slap on a DFB sticker and everyone will know you’ve got an official DFB Food and Wine Festival Tray! Here are a few examples…

The Mickey Tray

This adorable Disney-themed tray is the perfect choice for your festival adventures!

The Cheap and Easy Tray

This plain cafeteria tray works PERFECTLY as [Read more…]

Guest Review: Culinary Demos at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

It’s time to start getting excited about the 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! Today, we’re whetting your whistle as guest reviewer @MealTrip joins us with mini-reviews from four culinary demos presented at the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. Read on and learn what to expect this year at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival culinary demos.

The Culinary Demonstrations held at the Festival Welcome Center (the old Wonders of Life Pavilion), provide a great gateway for those looking into any of the extra “pay to attend” events at the Food and Wine Festival. At $12 to $15 per person, per seminar, they really are one of the best values at the festival.

Festival Center - Outside View

A representative from the winery, a chef, and an interviewer are present during the experience to talk about the wine you’re sampling, and actually prepare a version of the dish in an on-stage kitchen. In most cases, there’s also time to get a few questions from the audience answered. (Okay, again for the realists out there, there’s a much larger kitchen behind the kitchen on stage, where your food is being prepared at the same time.)

While it is recommended that you reserve a spot early (booking begins on August 13th for everyone; August 9th for Tables in Wonderland and DVC members, Golden Oak Residents, and Annual Passholders), you can also check in at the Festival Center when the park opens to see what’s still available for the day.

Demo and Seminar Check In

On to the fun stuff, a recap of a few events from the first week of the 2012 festival…

Celebrity Chef Cat Cora Culinary Demonstration

Details: Chef Cat Cora from Kouzzina – Disney’s BoardWalk Inn. Dish: Seared Shrimp with Spiced Hummus and Peppedew Relish. Wine: Brampton UnWooded Chardonnay.

We’ll start our little recap with the Iron Chef herself, Cat Cora.

Chef Cat Cora.

Chef Cora’s dish was [Read more…]