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…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: July 23, 2017

Happy Sunday! We hope you’re enjoying a fun-filled summer weekend! Now it’s time to sit back, relax, and check out the latest in Disney food news.

Star Wars Hotel!

Star Wars Hotel!

The 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival starts on August 31 this year and we have a lot of news this week about the Festival! Check out all the booth menus and food photos here! And don’t forget to order your DFB Guide to the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-book.

And if you want even MORE food news, we also have news on the updated menus for the 2017 Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic!

We have a lot to share with you this week, so let’s jump right in…

Disney Food 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 menu updates, restaurant closures, special events, and more! We’ve got all the latest for you, so check it out before you go.

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Deal of the Week: Save 20% off the DFB Guide to the 2017 Epcot Food & Wine Festival!

Start your Epcot Food and Wine Festival planning now! The DFB Guide to the 2017 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book is now available to order! N

This 250+-page guide to the Festival offers insider tips and advice as well as all of the details you need to know to plan your best Festival visit ever.
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News! 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Culinary Demos, Beverage Seminar, and Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It Workshop FULL SCHEDULES and Details!

Today, we are excited to share details for the Culinary Demonstrations, Beverage Seminars, and Mix It! Make It! Celebrate It! Workshops that will take place during the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

See links to the individual Culinary Demonstrations, Beverage Seminar, and Mix It! Make It! Celebrate It! Workshop Pages for all the details!

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With not a minute to lose as you make all of your plans (WHEW!!!), we now have details on the low-cost demos, seminars, and workshops that are one of the hallmarks of the Festival.

I know you’re just as anxious as we are to see what’s new in 2017! (You can read our recent reviews of culinary demos here and here, a recent beverage seminar here, and a Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! workshop here!)

Booking all of your favorites starts in just a few days — Thursday, July 20 for the general public, and Tuesday, July 18 for Annual Passholders, DVC Members, Golden Oak Residents, and Tables in Wonderland Members!

Culinary demos and beverage seminars represent great value when it comes to Festival events. They’re also a great way to learn in a fun, festive setting.

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

The cost for all seminars and demos is $17 this year, and the events feature a wide range of talent from the culinary world. (Annual Passholders, DVC members, Golden Oak Residents, and Tables in Wonderland Members are eligible for $2 discounts on seminars and demonstrations held Monday through Thursday.)

Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! Hands On Workshops will be $49. No discount is offered on the workshops at this time.

Look for celebrity chefs as well as star talent from throughout the Walt Disney World company — and beyond. Representatives from wineries and other beverage companies also make learning about wine and spirits a hands-on experience with tastings and demonstrations.

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Shipyard Brewing Beer Flight During a Beverage Seminar

There will be many familiar names in 2017, so check the details to find out when notable local chefs like Kathleen Blake of The Rusty Spoon and James Petrakis of The Polite Pig as well as James Beard Award Winner Tony Mantuano take the stage! We’re excited to welcome back Maneet Chauhan and Keegan Gerhard as well!

With demos and seminars taking place daily during the Festival, you’re bound to find options that tempt your palate! [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Review: Mix It! Make It! Celebrate It! Hands-On Workshop: Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Perfectly Paired

It’s gettin’ real, y’all! The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival just wrapped, so you know what that means: the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is just around the corner!!!

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If you haven’t already, mark your calendars for August 31-November 13, as the festival extends to an unprecedented 75 full days for the first time ever! And be sure to bookmark our 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Main Page, because that’s where you can access all the details — including events, schedules, and booking dates!

Maybe you can’t tell, but we tend to get a little excited around here for F&W. ;-) And part of the countdown is reviewing some of the events that we had the pleasure to attend the previous year.

New to the festival in 2016, Disney added Mix It! Make It! Celebrate It! Hands-On Workshops at Festival Center — daily opportunities for guests to roll up their sleeves and participate in the learning process. And the event is BACK for 2017!

Festival Center During the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Festival Center During the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Last year, workshops were offered covering everything from sushi making to creating clean treats! We really enjoyed a workshop on the latter, as we learned how to make a killer brownie, courtesy of Erin McKenna of Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC in Disney Springs. [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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Disney Food Post Round-Up: November 13, 2016

Happy weekend! We hope you’re having a relaxing weekend and that you’re ready to check out the latest Disney food news in our round-up!

Disneyland’s Festival of Holidays opened this weekend, featuring 14 food booths with themed menus! We can’t wait to dig in ourselves next week — stay tuned for full coverage.

Eggnog Cheesecake with spiced whipped cream  ©Disney

Eggnog Cheesecake with spiced whipped cream ©Disney

And speaking of festivals, the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival ends this week, but you still have a few days to check it out. If you find yourself longing for dishes from the Food and Wine Festival, you’ll want to check out this recipe for Berbere Beef Tenderloin Tips from the Africa Booth!

And once the Food and Wine Festival is over it’s time to start thinking about Holidays Around the World at Epcot and the new food booths coming for this year!

We have a lot to share with you this week, so let’s jump right in…

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Disney Food Blog FAQ: How Much Should I Budget for the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival?

It’s here! I can hardly believe it, but the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is finally underway!

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The fun officially kicked off on September 14 and runs until November 14. That’s more than eight weeks of savoring all that this special event has to offer! And we had so much fun eating and drinking along the Promenade to discover our Best of the Fest dishes and drinks to recommend!

But of course, you can’t forget the tons of events that take place during the Festival. From Low Cost Events like Culinary Demonstrations and Beverage Seminars to high end Special Events like Party for the Senses, there’s so much to do at every turn. But here’s the catch — nearly all of it comes with a pricetag.

So that, of course, begs the question: how in the World do you plan for the Food Lover Trip of the Year?

We get it! So we’re here for you with some great tips for Budgeting for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. And if you like what you see, be sure to check out our 2016 DFB Guide to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, completely updated with everything you can expect to enjoy at this year’s event!

The Food and Wine Festival is HERE! But it can be pricey...

The Food and Wine Festival is HERE! But it can be pricey…

How Much Money Should I Budget For a Day at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival?

Well, the answer to that is…it totally depends! [Read more…]

Tips from the DFB Guide: 3 Reasons to Bring Your Kids to the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

You may think that you couldn’t possibly enjoy the Epcot Food and Wine Festival with kiddos along for the ride. But we think you totally can!

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While the festival is certainly a food lover’s paradise, there’s no reason that you can’t enjoy a day there with the younger set, too. After all, Epcot is first and foremost a theme park, so even during the Food and Wine Festival, you’ll find plenty of exhibits and entertainment geared toward the small fry.

We love coming up with strategies that help you to enjoy eating your way through Walt Disney World, no matter who’s along for the ride. So if you like what you see here, be sure to check out our 2016 DFB Guide to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival for even more great tips on managing the event with kids along.

In the meantime, check out these suggestions for making the festival fun for everyone in your party!

Attend a Culinary Demonstration or Other Special Event

If you have kids that are interested in what happens in the kitchen, consider checking out what Culinary Demonstrations are available at the Festival Center for the day. Kids are permitted to attend these events with a ticket (but aren’t served alcohol, obviously). We think it’s great fun, especially for older kiddos in your party. Who knows? A future chef may be born!

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Culinary Demo Featuring Chef Kevin Dundon

If your budget allows, you may even want to check out the brand new Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! Hands On Workshops. New in 2016, these events take place once a day, and offer guests the chance to get in on the action of exploring and creating. [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: July 17, 2016

Happy Sunday! We hope you’re having a great weekend! Now it’s time to sit back, relax, and catch up on all the Disney food news from the week!

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It has been an exciting week full of news for the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival including the grand launch of the DFB Guide to the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-book! You can order your copy today for 20% off the cover price with the code Chefs16!

We have a lot to share with you this week, so let’s jump right in…

Disney Food News

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News! 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! Workshops Schedule Now Available!

Today, we are excited to share details for the Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! Workshops that will take place during the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

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We now have details on the this hands-on, (fairly) low cost experience (woo!!!) that’s brand new to the festival. And just like the festival favorite culinary demos and beverage seminars, the Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! Workshops will take place in the Festival Center.

Booking all of your favorites starts in just a few daysJuly 21st for the general public, and July 19th for Annual Passholders, DVC members, Golden Oak Residents, Tables in Wonderland Members, and Chase Disney Visa Cardmembers*! 

We’re so excited to try this new offering for ourselves. Disney promises that this event will give guests a chance to “roll up your sleeves and learn some new techniques from the professionals. This new hands-on workshop series will give guests the opportunity to learn from the pros, whether it be cake decorating, garnishing, cocktail mixing, or a variety of other fun topics! ”

Frosting and drink making? Sign me up!!

Click through to our Low-Cost/Free Events, Seminars, and Demonstrations to see links to the Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! Workshops as well as the  Culinary Demos and Beverage Seminars! 

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