DFB Reader Spotlight: Make Your Own Epcot Food and Wine Festival Tray!

So, you all know that you’re the best readers in the history of blogging. Here’s a little story sent in via email (with pictures, of course) to prove it.

As many of you are aware, I highly advocate bringing your own tray to Epcot for the Food and Wine Festival every year. After all, there usually isn’t a great place to sit and eat at every booth; so it can be helpful to have a method for carrying all of your goodies and drinks around with you as you’re looking for a good stopping point in the shade. As it turns out, this is true for the rest of the parks as well!

Disney Food Blog Reader, Jocelyn Martins, explored the Epcot Food and Wine Festival (and other Walt Disney World parks) with her own Disney Food Blog Tray!

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That’s right; she took our unique bumper sticker and attached it to the food tray she brought from home. Totally L.O.V.E. that she brought it to Disney with her!!!

Jocelyn reports that she loved using the tray and apparently other guests admired it, too. She was asked several times where to get one! Take a look…

DFB Tray with Eats and Drinks

“I had to grab just one more pumpkin ice cream macaron sandwich, but couldn’t pass on the martini either… thank goodness I had my own DFB Tray to balance on the stroller!” (We knew we loved her.) Head to L’Artisan des Glaces in Epcot’s France for your own ice cream treats.

Pumpkin Ice Cream Macaron Sandwich and Coconut-White Chocolate Ice Cream Martini with Whipped Cream Vodka

Pumpkin Ice Cream Macaron Sandwich and Coconut-White Chocolate Ice Cream Martini with Whipped Cream Vodka

“Luckily I knew  from the DFB to look for the Harambe Popcorn Cart because our most-awesome-ess server, Neil, at our Tusker House Breakfast had worked there forever and had no idea where I could find the Jungle Juice Slushies.”

DFB tray for Jungle Juice Slushies & Rum

DFB tray for Jungle Juice Slushies & Rum

Jocelyn then used her homemade DFB Tray to [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: September 21, 2014

It’s underway! We’re reporting LIVE from the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!! We have photos and updated pricing of ALL of the menu items.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Plus, click below for all the details on this week’s Disney Food News!

Disney Festival 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 restaurant closures, Menu Update at Boatwright’s, More Candy at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties, 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!

Ice Cream is one of our favorite treats in Disney World. A unique version of this fun treat is the Chocolate Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich at Epcot’s L’Artisan des Glaces. Thanks to Facebook Friend Amanda for sharing this interesting view!

Chocolate Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich

Chocolate Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich

And we love helping our readers find their favorite treats. Alyssa tweeted this picture of the homemade ice cream cookie sandwich in Magic Kingdom! YAY!!!

Found: Ice Cream Sandwich!

Found: Ice Cream Sandwich!

What’s your Favorite Find? Send it in!

The DFB Guide to the 2014 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book Has a Special Opening Weekend Discount!

Pick up your copy of the DFB Guide to the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival e-Book for $4 off today using code OPENINGDAY!

2014 Food and Wine Guide 3D

The DFB Guide to the 2014 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book features all the info you need to know before you attend the Food and Wine Festival this year, from what’s NEW this year to touring strategies — and a new section with top tips on how to use MyMagic+ at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

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 220 pages of detailed information about the Festival as well as photographs and customized bonus items to help you get the best experience possible. On a budget? Find out how to make those dollars (or Disney Dining Plan snack credits) stretch all around World Showcase. And we have a fully updated FAQ section that answers questions you didn’t even know you had!

Bonus Items

The DFB Guide to the 2014 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 all [Read more…]

Top Tips for the 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

The 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival kicks off this week! Get ready for 53 days of food and fun, starting this Friday, September 19!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Tips

We know that you are just as excited as we are! But it’s a pretty big undertaking. With Special Events, Low Cost Demonstrations and Seminars, and of course, International Marketplace Booths, it can quickly become overwhelming.

Today, we thought we’d lend a hand by giving you a few of our tried-and-true Top Tips from our DFB Guide to the 2014 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book. We’ll help you make this the best Epcot Food and Wine Festival yet!

1. Plan Ahead

If you don’t read or heed any other tip in this post, pay attention to this one: it pays to plan ahead when mapping out your visit to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

It’s a good idea to check out all of the Marketplaces and their Menus before you ever set foot inside of Epcot. After all, the portions may be appetizer-sized, but visits to just a couple of spots could mean you’re stuffed before you’re finished exploring!

Will the Mushroom Filet at the Canada Marketplace Be Part of Your Plan?

Will the Mushroom Filet at the Canada Marketplace Be Part of Your Plan?

If you have an idea about what’s offered at the kiosks and how much things cost, then you’ll be better equipped to make decisions and stick to a budget. Be sure to keep an eye on DFB’s 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival main page for links to booths, menus, prices, and more.

Disney also gives you some great tools to plan ahead. This year, they’ve published ahead of time a full listing of gluten-free items. We also expect that vegetarian dishes will be marked on the menus. And don’t forget to pick up a Festival Passport at the Festival Center! It’s a fun way to keep track of the dishes you’ve tried!

Collect Those Awesome Stamps in Your Food & Wine Festival Passport!

Collect Those Awesome Stamps in Your Food & Wine Festival Passport!

Worried about your budget? You may want to pick up a Food and Wine Festival Gift Card and have it pre-loaded for convenience.

Food and Wine Festival Gift Card

Food and Wine Festival Gift Card

Not only is this a quick way to pay at the booths, but it also makes easy work of tracking how much you’ve spent.

2. Know How to Beat the Crowds

There’s a reason that the festival is celebrating its 19th year — it’s kind of a big deal! So don’t be surprised when you encounter larger crowds than you might expect during the Fall at Disney World.

But there are ways to deal with the crowds. First, know that [Read more…]

News! 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Culinary Demos and Beverage Seminar Details

Today, we are excited to share details for the Culinary Demonstrations and Beverage Seminars that will take place during the 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Food and Wine Festival Updates

With not a moment to spare (whew!) we now have details on the low-cost demos and seminars that are one of the hallmarks of the Festival. Everyone is anxious to see what’s available, and to book their favorites (starting July 31st for general public; July 25th for Annual Passholders, DVC members, Golden Oak Residents, and Tables in Wonderland Members; and July 29th for Chase Disney Visa Cardmembers)!

Not only do the demos and seminars represent good value; they also offer some of the most interesting educational and cultural options that guests enjoy during the Festival.

Click through to our Culinary and Beverage Seminars and Demonstrations page to see links to the Culinary, Beverage, and Mixology events.

All seminars and demos are $15 this year, and feature a mix of talent from the culinary world. You’ll find celebrity chefs as well as standout talent from throughout the Walt Disney World company — and beyond. And representatives from wineries and other beverage companies make learning about wine and spirits a hands-on experience with tastings.

Presenter During a Mixology Seminar

Presenter During a Mixology Seminar

There will be many familiar names returning in 2014, so check the details to find out when guest favorites like Gale Gand, Robert Irvine, and Carla Hall take the stage! With demos and seminars taking place daily during the Festival, you’re bound to find options that tempt your palate!

As always, stay tuned to DisneyFoodBlog.com, the DFB Newsletter, and our DFB Food and Wine Festival Fans Facebook Page for all the details as soon as they happen!

Booking and Discounts

You can book most of the events on [Read more…]

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! :-)

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Our Snack Guides vibrantly display and review over 500 Disney World snacks (!!), but also showcase some of our favorite under-the-radar treats and eats in the parks. Get your DFB Guide & Snacks Bundle — including the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining 2014, the DFB Guide to Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom Snacks, the DFB Guide to Epcot Snacks, and the DFB Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks — for over 40% off here.

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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

Ingredients

Makes 10 (6-inch) tacos.

Ingredients

Ingredients

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:

Ingredients

Ingredients

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

Extras:
-Vegetable Oil for Frying

Instructions

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.

Mixture.

Mixture.

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!

Atmosphere

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

Eats

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

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