2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival News: Two New Booths and “The Chew” Broadcasting Live From Epcot!

Editor’s Note: Tickets for the taping of The Chew at the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival have gone quickly! Go to TheChew.com for more information on possible waitlist spots.

We have some super big news for you today about the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Food and Wine Festival Updates

The fun is just around the corner — the festival, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, will take place September 25-November 16, 2015. That’s more than seven weeks of food and fun!

And today, we’re finding out more of what we can expect from this special year!

“The Chew” to Tape Shows from the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

We all love ABC’s The Chew, right? And we’ve enjoyed Host Carla Hall in her appearances at the Food and Wine Festival.

But this year, they’ll take it a step further, as the show tapes episodes on location at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival on October 7, 8, and 9! Expect to see the episodes air the week of October 12-16.

And — it looks like The Chew crew won’t just be taping shows, but will also be hosting some additional Special Events! Stay tuned and we’ll keep you posted as information more becomes available.

Shows will be taped before a live audience. Check out thechew.com for information on how to obtain tickets.

You may run into your favorite The Chew host in Epcot...

You may run into your favorite The Chew host in Epcot…

First Ever Future World Marketplace Booths

In addition, we are learning more today something that we’ve heard hints about: Food and Wine Festival Booths are expanding into Future World! [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival FAQ: When are the Marketplace Booths Open?

Time to dive back into the DFB Reader Question Mailbag!

2015 Epcot Food and Wine Logo

We love getting questions from you guys about all things Disney food-related. And that’s especially true when it comes time to plan for the Food and Wine Festival.

The 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival will run for more than 7 weeks — September 25-November 16, 2015. And one of the biggest draws to the festival are the World Showcase Marketplace Booths that are set up throughout the different countries of World Showcase. (Check out our Booth Page for lots of details about the booths and what you can expect when you visit them.) And be sure to keep checking back — we’re adding new information constantly!

Readers send us lots of questions about the booths, especially about [Read more…]

Tips from the DFB Guide: Recommended Epcot Food and Wine Festival One-Day Strategy

The 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival will be here before you know it! Mark your calendars for September 25-November 16, 2015!

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That’s more than seven full weeks to enjoy all that this incredible event has to offer. And there is so much to do and see!

I’ve often thought through the years that it would be great to stick around for the entire Food and Wine Festival and take in every special event, cooking demonstration, and Eat to the Beat Concert. But we both know that’s not gonna happen. Who has that kind of time, right?

Well, here’s the good news. Even if you’re short on time, you can still enjoy so much of what the festival has to offer by planning ahead.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll take a look at some of the Touring Strategies featured in the DFB Guide to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. And don’t forget — when you pre-order the 2015 Guide, you’ll receive the 2014 immediately for free, so you can get started planning right away!

Today, we’ll get started by discussing how to make the most of the festival when you only have one day to enjoy it!

Get An Early Start

Even if you only have one day to spend at the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, you can still make the most of your time. Plan to arrive early — a day where there are morning Extra Magic Hours would be ideal. And then head to the Festival Center when it opens at 9:00AM.

Festival Center

Festival Center

Here, you can browse the shops and pick up your free [Read more…]

2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth Preview: Greece and Puerto Rico

We are just a couple of weeks from the start of the most wonderful time of the year! The 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival gets underway on September 19!

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Today, we’re bringing you another preview of some of the Marketplace Booths that will be featured at this year’s festival.

It’s hard to figure out just which one of the more than 25 kiosks is our favorite. We love trying returning classics and brand new dishes every year.

Come check out what’s new and what’s returning at the Greece and Puerto Rico Marketplace Booths.

Greece Marketplace Booth

Night and day, it’s never surprising to see loooooong lines at the Greece Marketplace Booth. This exotic spot has been a favorite for as long as it’s been around.

Greece Marketplace Booth

Greece Marketplace Booth

But a few years back, it cemented its claim to fame when they introduced a simple dish — Griddled Greek Cheese with Pistachios and Honey. It’s a favorite, and it’s returning again this year.

2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Greece Booth Menu

  • Vegetarian Moussaka
  • Griddled Greek Cheese with Pistachios and Honey (gluten free)
  • Chicken gyro with tzatziki Sauce
  • Spanakopita
  • Domaine Skouras Moscofilero
  • Domaine Siglas Assyrtiko/Athiri
  • Alpha Estate Axia Syrah-Xinomavro
  • Tzatziki Martini featuring Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka and BOLS Natural Yoghurt Liqueur

Throughout the Food and Wine Festival, we continue to see a commitment on Disney’s part to offer inventive and delicious vegetarian dishes. Brand new for 2014, the Greece Marketplace will offer a classic dish – Moussaka! But this version is vegetarian, made with soy as a meat replacement. We tried it at the Food and Wine Festival Preview dinner, and it won rave reviews.

Vegetarian Moussaka

Vegetarian Moussaka

The dish was surprisingly hearty and full of bold flavor.

But our real reason for trip after trip to the Greece Booth is the super simple  [Read more…]

Epcot Food & Wine Festival Food Pictures and Review: 2013 Belgium and Canada Booths

The 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is still going strong at Walt Disney World! And today, we’re back with another delicious marketplace booth review.

This has been a terrific year at the festival for revisiting favorite dishes from the past while enjoying some really delicious new options. And two booths that demonstrate this beautifully are Belgium and Canada!

Let’s take a closer look at what each offers guests in 2013, and talk a little about our favorite dishes!


Belgium celebrates its fourth year as part of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

In the past few years, the savory offering has been mussels prepared in a variety of ways. (I’m still waiting for them to catch the vision of those amazing frites that Belgium is known for!)

Belgium Booth

This year, the booth departs radically from mussels, and instead has decided to offer a full menu of another Belgian staple: Waffles!

2013 Belgium Menu

This probably makes sense, since the sweet waffle that’s been a staple here has always been popular. But it does make things a bit homogenous over here. Regardless, I was excited to try the savory waffle that was added to the lineup.

The Potato and Leek Waffle with Braised Beef was so impressive (primarily because they douse it with melted butter) when we tasted it that we immediately named it one of our Best of the Fest dishes for 2013.

A fresh waffle — crispy on the outside, tender on the inside — is smothered with a thick, rich beef stew. The braised beef features chunks of beef and carrots in a flavorful sauce that soaks right into that tasty waffle. The whole thing was topped with that aforementioned melted butter. Amazing!

Potato and Leek Waffle with Braised Beef

And what better way to top off a meal of waffle than with [Read more…]

Disney Food Blog Challenge: Epcot Food and Wine Festival Bingo!

It’s finally here!

Today marks the official kickoff of the 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

So far, we are having a fantastic time sampling all that’s new and savoring returning favorites. Be sure to read all about it and see ALL THE FOOD PHOTOS! on our updated booth pages!

But we couldn’t let such a momentous occasion go by without some kind of celebration. And I have the perfect way for you to gear up and get excited about YOUR very first trip to this year’s Food and Wine Festival: Disney Food Blog Bingo!

Disney Food Blog Bingo: Epcot Food and Wine Festival Edition

We first introduced you to Disney Food Blog Bingo a while back, as we attempted to finish both the Magic Kingdom and Epcot bingo cards. But today, we have a couple of brand new cards to celebrate the Food and Wine Festival!

This is a great way to explore all of the Marketplace Booths. You’ll likely try some new things that you’ve never had before!

So will it be vertical, horizontal, or diagonal as you work toward victory? Print both cards below and challenge your friend to see who can get BINGO first!

A mixture of classic and new tastes will bag you the win with this version of our bingo card.

I’ll take any excuse for stopping by the France Booth to sample Escargot

Escargots Persillade en Brioche in France

…Followed by a Grass Fed Beef Slider from Florida Local!

A Slider Featuring Grass Fed Beef Debuts This Year at the Florida Local Booth

I spy lots of [Read more…]

News! Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Food Booths Are Arriving (And the Menu Has Been Updated)!

Epcot is starting to bloom for this year’s Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, which will be held March 6-May 19th! And we’ve UPDATED OUR FULL MENU!!!

And we’ve just updated our FULL Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Menu available at this year’s festival.

Don’t forget to check out the FOOD PHOTOS featuring some of the goodies that can be found at the TWELVE specialty food marketplaces this year!

The Epcot Flower and Garden festival menu items are sure to be crowd-pleasers, and we’re excited to see the food booths and topiaries already popping up around the Showcase…

2013 Cinderella Topiary at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

Many of these booths — OK, ALL of the booths — are going to look very familiar to those of us who attend the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

In Mexico, we’re headed for a margarita along with some yummy tacos. What will you try? The Jardin De Fiestas Mexico booth will offer: Crab Tostadas with Chipotle Aioli and Valentina Salsa: Pork Tacos served over flour tortilla and topped with Cactus leaves, Tamarind and [Read more…]

Top 6 Disney Dining Plan Snack Credit Values for 2012

As always, we want to make sure all of us are getting the best value with our Disney Dining Plan snack credits!

For those who are unfamiliar with the Disney Dining Plan, it’s a way for guests to pre-pay for their dining when visiting Disney World. “Snack credits” are used by guest to purchase items like popcorn, candy, ice cream, and other low-cost treats.

I’ll list my top six choices, then you tell me your experiences. Let’s work together on finding the best snack credit deals!

Note that snack credits are usually accepted for items that are a single serving, and cost $4.50 or less (though some cost as much as $4.99 out of pocket).

1. Bakeries

A Disney Food Blog staff and reader favorite — bakeries! Not only can you use your snack credit for some incredible treats, but you can also get a pastry for your morning meal. Hey, it’s vacation!

Don’t forget to check out our Disney World Bakery Throw Down to see some of the very best spots to spend those credits.

Disney World Cinnamon Roll at Main Street Bakery

Consider some of these options at bakeries around Disney World: cinnamon rolls, butterfinger cupcakes, caramel cupcakes, white chocolate elephant cupcake, crepes, school bread…and so much more!

These are all great deals for one single snack credit.

2. Ice Cream Sundaes and Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

Recently, I’ve been overwhelmed with what kinds of sundaes you can get for a snack credit in Disney World! Easily costing $4.50 or more out of pocket, these sundaes are awesome deals!

Stop by Storybook Treats in the Magic Kingdom to snag a Cookie Fudge Sundae that you can easily split between two! Other options at Storybook Treats include a Brownie Sundae and a yummy Strawberry Shortcake Sundae!

Hot Fudge and Caramel Cookie Sundae at Storybook Treats

Another ice creamy treat that’s not-to-be-missed is the homemade ice cream cookie sandwich. You can get these at all four parks, and while the snack credit payment option [Read more…]

Mid-Festival Sale on the DFB Mini-Guide to the 2011 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book!

The 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival has reached its midpoint and we’re celebrating with a sale for this week only!

The DFB Mini-Guide to the 2011 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival e-Book is our helpful guide that gives you the tools you’ll need to navigate the flavors, feasts and fun offered at this year’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival! See an Orlando Sentinel review of the e-Book here!

And this week you’ll be able to purchase the book at 20% off — our deepest discount yet! Just use code MIDPOINT at the check-out screen. :-)

Plan Your Visit With Our Full Daily Schedule of Events

The first step in planning is to know what’s happening at the Festival during YOUR visit. We’ve organized the full schedule of events — for every single day of the Epcot Food & Wine Festival — in this new Disney Food Blog Mini-Guide.

Use our full event schedule to review only the information you need to make your Food & Wine Festival visit as magical as possible.

Here’s a screen shot of the daily event schedule!

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With photos of World Showcase Booths and food, and menus for each booth, you’ll get to map out your touring strategy before you arrive!

Food and Wine Festival Customized Touring Strategies and Food Crawls

We have touring strategies to make the most out of your visit – whether you’ll be there for a day or a week! These include: [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: October 23, 2011

Cottontop Tamarin Cupcake

A new cupcake and lots of foodie photos (and reviews) from the Epcot Food and Wine Festival are highlighted this week! Let’s get right to the yummy news.

Latest Disney Food News

Read on for this week’s Disney Food news highlights!

Don’t forget to stay up-to-date with our Epcot Food & Wine Festival coverage — we’re still buzzing with news, reviews, and updates over on our Epcot Food & Wine Festival Pages!

The DFB Mini-Guide to the 2011 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book Review

Thanks to Gabe Travers with WESH.com, Orlando’s NBC affiliate news source, for this recent review of our Disney Food Blog Mini-Guide to the 2011 Epcot Food & Wine Festival! Here’s an excerpt…

If you want some tried and true picks, it’s worth it to check out the Disney Food Blog Mini-Guide to the 2011 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, which features five themed “crawls” you can use to tackle the World Showcase marketplaces. Read the full review here!

You can get YOUR copy of our new e-Book right here! Be sure to use code CHEF at check-out for a $2 discount!

On to the Round-Up!

Walt Disney World for Grownups says Aloha! Escape to the Tambu Lounge for a Lapu Lapu and some yummy new bar food! The bread service looks delicious!

DisMarks continues to highlight Disney news in the blogosphere with their 32nd Disney Blog Carnival! Tons of great Disney articles here — head over and check ‘em out! :-)

Main Street Gazette provides a catalog of Epcot’s restaurant signs! Love this!

DisneyTouristBlog.com names some top snacks at the Food and Wine Festival, along with gorgeous taste-testing photos!

Stitch Kingdom offers the latest news on new Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, which will open in stages beginning May 31, 2012. We can’t wait to taste-test the fresh smoothies, hand-scooped gelato and Mongolian barbecue in the food court!

AllEars.Net has updated Blizzard Beach menus, including the eats at Lottawatta Lodge.

The Portland Daily Sun showcases Linda Bean’s success with her lobster offerings at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. (Thanks to Erin Foster and Epcyclopedia for the tip!)