Epcot Food and Wine Festival Review: Lobster Creole Culinary Demo with the Authors of Good Catch

Summer is in full swing, and that means lots of long, lazy days, summer fun, barbecues — and the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival will be here before we know it!

Festival Center During the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Festival Center During the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

While we love spending time at the festival, hitting up all the great eats and drinks at Festival Booths, I also love to carve out a little time to attend a Culinary Demonstration or Beverage Seminar. And I have to say, of the two, the culinary demos are my favorite.

These Low Cost Events take place daily in the Chef’s Showcase at Festival Center, and offer guests a great opportunity to see a live cooking demonstration.

Chef's Showcase Set Up

Chef’s Showcase, Festival Center

But even better, the events include a tasting portion of the dish that’s prepared during the demonstration, and usually include a beverage pairing as well.

Last year, we had the opportunity to attend a couple culinary demonstrations. Join us as we share our experience at one of them today. [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Review: CakeLove Healthy Bites by Warren Brown

The 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival will be here before you know it! We’re counting down the days, and soon, we’ll be Eating and Drinking our way Around the World with you guys!

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And recently, we shared a TON of info with you! We now know the full list of Booths, Menus, and Special Events. But best of all, we know booking dates! Mark you calendars for July 20!

We are still awaiting schedules for Culinary Demos and Beverage Seminars, and Hand On Workshops, we’re sharing a closer look at some of the fantastic events that we enjoyed at the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

While the Marketplace Booths are great for grazing and tasting food from all over the globe, we love the opportunity to take in Culinary Demonstrations — and possibly learn a little something new. In addition, it’s fun to check out suggested pairing. And you always leave a culinary demo armed with a brand new recipe.

Place Setting with Recipe

Place Setting with Recipe

This demo actually offered guests something a little different — a sweet treat that’s both delicious and healthy. Join us as we head into Festival Center to check out Chef Warren Brown on the Chef’s Showcase stage! [Read more…]

New DFB Video: EAT THIS at Disney Springs Part 2!

Welp, we spent a little time in Disney Springs the other day with our EAT THIS in Disney Springs Part 1 video. So I bet you’ll have no problems figuring out what we’re doing today! ;-D

Yep — we’re back with another DFB Video today — specifically, Part 2 of what you can’t miss in Disney Springs!

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In this installment, join us as we give you some great tips for can’t miss dishes and treats. We’ll take you inside some of Disney Springs newest spots as we uncover hidden gems at D-Luxe Burger and The Ganachery. [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 and Review: Haight Ashberry Sundae (PLUS ACCESSORIES!) from Ghirardelli in Disney Springs

Just when you think an ice cream sundae from Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop can’t get any better, the clever minds behind Disney Springs’ iconic shop throw in some totally rad accessories!

Haight-Ashberry Sundae with Accessories!

Haight-Ashberry Sundae with Accessories!

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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: Special Snacks to Celebrate Fantasmic! at Disneyland Park

Have you heard? The nighttime spectacular Fantasmic! returns to Disneyland on July 17th! And there will be plenty of special snacks on hand to celebrate the occasion.

Look around New Orleans Square, Frontierland, and Critter Country for the following treats.

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New Orleans Square

Churros, Churros everywhere! Find the following flavors out and about… the Churro Cart in Critter Country will serve S’mores Churros (a graham cracker churro with chocolate and marshmallow dipping sauce), and the Churro Carts in Frontierland and New Orleans Square will offer Sour Watermelon Churros.

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New DFB Video: EAT THIS at Disney Springs Part 1

Hey Guys! Lately, we’ve been on a mission to share with you ALL THE THINGS. There are tons of don’t miss eats and drinks in Walt Disney World, and we’re serious about showing you the best of the best in our DFB Videos.

Today, we’re turning our attention to Disney Springs! But with all of the incredible food that’s happening there, you know this is going to take more than one video. So hang onto your Mickey Ears as we share everything you can’t miss at Disney Springs — Part 1!

Super Stretchy Cheese on the Crazy Corn

Super Stretchy Cheese on the Crazy Corn

In our first installment, we’re taking you inside of some of our new favorite spots, like Homecomin’, Boathouse, and Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar. But we’ll also make time in the schedule to stop by some classics that are still bringing it! After all it’s not a trip to Disney Springs without popping by Ghirardelli or enjoying a Guinness at Raglan Road. [Read more…]

News: Terralina Crafted Italian to Open in Disney Springs this Fall

In late April, Portobello Country Italian Trattoria in Disney Springs closed its doors. And today, we’ve received news of what’s going to come of the space! Terralina Crafted Italian will continue the Italian cuisine tradition when it opens this fall!

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©Disney

Chef Tony Mantuano — James Beard Award Winner — will return from Portobello to create Terralina’s menu, and will be joined once more by Chef Justin Plank who will run the kitchen. But there is plenty of change in store, too, for this all-new restaurant, which is currently undergoing a multi-million-dollar refurbishment.

The result in the atmosphere will be “reminiscent of an Italian home” inspired by Italy’s Lake District, featuring an open kitchen and dining rooms as well as an outdoor veranda bar. [Read more…]

The Return of the Jungle Juice Slush, New Breakfast Options, Boozy Shave Ice, and More at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Sure, there’s plenty of new stuff to check out at Animal Kingdom these days, what with Pandora — The World of AVATAR still less than two months old.

Welcome to Animal Kingdom!

Welcome to Animal Kingdom!

But we’re starting our tour around the Park with the return of an old favorite… [Read more…]