Review and Preview: 2017 Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic Causeway and Seminars

The Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic has become a must-do food event in Orlando over the past few years.

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In its eighth year in 2017, the Epcot-area resorts’ festivities include innovative dishes from renowned chefs, lots of spectacular wine offerings, and a variety of informative seminars.

Ticket holders for the event will enjoy the activities on Friday, October 27, and/or Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 5:30PM to 9PM. As in the past, there are several ticket options, which you can find on the event website. The Causeway Ticket provides unlimited access to food and drinks along the Causeway between the two resorts. The Causeway Ticket and Beer Garden ticket allows access to the unlimited Causeway offerings as well as the Beer Garden. There are also a la carte tickets, tickets for seminars, and a Sunday Bubbles Brunch.

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Click here for Full Seminar Details

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The Causeway

Intro and Check In

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Review: Territory Lounge in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

The landscape sure has changed at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

With this summer’s opening of the Disney Vacation Club Copper Creek Villas and Cabins, it was anticipated that more and elevated dining options would be needed at the already popular Resort. Hence the refurbishment of Roaring Fork as well as the addition of Geyser Point Bar & Grill.

And honestly, Geyser Point really is a terrific new spot. But today I’m taking you back to where it all started (in regards to great lounges at Wilderness Lodge): Territory Lounge.  I don’t care how many terrific enhancements they make to the Lodge. This spot will continue to rank among the best lounges in Walt Disney World, in my opinion.

They serve great drinks (with lots of Canadian beer options), but even better than the drinks is the upscale pub grub with old favorites served up in new ways, and less familiar dishes heavily inspired by the Pacific Northwest. [Read more…]

DFB Video: Where to Find Late Night Eats in Disney World

Hey Guys! We’re back with another DFB Video today, and we’re getting down to the serious business of late night snacking at Walt Disney World!

Cheese Fries with Chili!

Cheese Fries with Chili!

Making the most of a Walt Disney World vacation often means burning the candle at both ends — and you’ve gotta fuel your late night push! Here are our picks for the best late night snacks and where to find them. [Read more…]

Dos (and a Few Don’ts) for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

We wait all year for the start of it. Yep — the Epcot Food and Wine Festival is underway!

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If you haven’t been, be sure to put the event on your Disney Bucket List. At this time of year, Epcot is transformed into a food lover’s paradise. With Festival Marketplace Booths throughout both Future World and World Showcase, the opportunity to Eat Your Way Around the World(s) is even more exciting!

But then there are also so many events to attend. From free options like book signings and Back to Basics Seminars, to Low Cost Seminars and Demonstrations, there are lots of less expensive options.

But there are also some choices if you’d like to splurge a little. Party for the Senses draws big crowds every year, as do pairing events and signature dining options at restaurants throughout the resort.

Booths Are Going Up!

Booths Are Going Up! It’s Almost Time!

It’s a lot to plan for! So we’d love to offer you advice on a few Dos and Don’ts for navigating the Epcot Food and Wine Festival like a pro. Consider these pointers as you make plans to attend this year’s event. [Read more…]

Review: Abracadabar Spiced Fries!!! (seriously. get these.)

What’s a Disney foodie to do when the parks close, but she’s still raring to go? Hit the BoardWalk, baby!

And while you can pretty much always count on seeing me sitting in the back of Jellyrolls Dueling Piano Bar editing photos til 2AM, there’s another bar on the BoardWalk that is so fun and unusual that you’ve got to check it out at least once!

Abracadabar opened just over a year ago, and it’s been enticing guests ever since. The backstory is that this was the gathering place for BoardWalk magicians and entertainers decades ago — and that the magic is still in the air. (I mean, you’re at Disney World so Disney magic is everywhere already! But this is magic magic!)

You can experience the Abracadabar magic nightly (the bar opens at 4PM), and it’s accessible via the BoardWalk and via hallways to both Flying Fish and Trattoria al Forno, so you can start or finish your meal here easily!

Atmosphere

The exterior of Abracadabar fits with the BoardWalk theming while also giving a hint to the vintage magic you’ll find inside.

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AbracadaBar

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Photos: BaseLine Tap House Construction Shots in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

We got an unexpected look at the construction of BaseLine Tap House in Disney’s Hollywood Studios today. The construction walls, which normally hide this very un-magical work from guest view, were down, presumably due to the approaching hurricane.

BaseLine Tap House — which will serve beer, wine, and appetizers — will reside on Grand Avenue, a new-ish area that’s designed to capture “the spirit of Downtown Los Angeles.” We say new-ish because it’ll mostly be located in the remnants of Streets of America.

BaseLine Tap House Logo and Signage

BaseLine Tap House Logo and Signage

Let’s take a look! So far there’s lots of stylized fencing and lamp posts.

Wrought iron fencing and light post work

Wrought iron fencing and light post work

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New Video: The Epcot Food and Wine Festival Best of the Fest!

Yay! It’s finally HERE! I’m talking about the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! We’ve been busy at Epcot, checking out every single one of the 35 booths that are part of this year’s festival, and in today’s DFB Video, we’re bringing you a closer look at our picks for the 2017 Best of the Fest!

Baked Shrimp Scampi Dip with Sourdough Baguette

Baked Shrimp Scampi Dip with Sourdough Baguette

It’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it. ;-D And YOUR DFB team has been touring both World Showcase and Future World to take photos and sample every single dish so that we can tell you what you simply can’t miss when you hit the festival.

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Epcot Food and Wine Festival — ‘Just the New Stuff’ Crawl!

We’re in high gear around here, anticipating the beginning of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, which starts in a few days!

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No doubt we’ll be out and about at the Marketplace Booths lots of times. But sometimes, we like to play with our food! And one of the best ways I’ve found to do that is with a themed crawl.

We have lots of fun crawl suggestions in our DFB Guide to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival E-book — save 20% with discount code Chefs! — including the Desserts Crawl, the Vegetarian Crawl, the Cheese Crawl, and more!

Today, we’re going to take you one of our favorites — the “Just the New Stuff Crawl”! This tour of the booths is especially helpful if you are limited on time, and you’re only interested in seeking out the dishes that are new in 2017.

“Just the New Stuff” Epcot Food and Wine Festival Crawl

Sweet Avocado Crema — Active Eats

Our first stop is the new Active Eats booth. While we’ve seen some of the booth’s other dishes before (the Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Peppers and Green Onions is a DFB Favorite), we’re after dessert on this mission. Stop by and try 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

It’s a cool, refreshing, and contemporary take on a traditional trifle! [Read more…]

New DFB Video: DON’T MISS THESE Disney World Bars and Lounges!

Hey Guys! In today’s DFB Video, we’re visiting some of our favorite Disney spots — the bars and lounges of Walt Disney World!

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Krakatoa Punch, a Signature Cocktail at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto

Bars and Lounges at Disney World are more than just watering holes. We love them for a ton of reasons. From fantastic signature cocktails and amazing pub grub, to themeing that you have to see to believe, these stops are well worth your time. [Read more…]

New Video: Our Top Tips for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

OMGeeeeeeee! It’s almost here! The Epcot Food and Wine Festival is just around the corner. Like, it starts this week! So there’s no better time than RIGHT NOW to share our Top Tips for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival in our latest DFB Video!

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If you’re truly a fan of Disney, Food, and Disney Food, then this really is The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. The festival has grown to mammoth proportions — 75 days in 2017! — with tons of great eats and drinks to sample. [Read more…]