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New 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival DFB Guide!

It is hard to believe that the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival starts in less than one week! Once again it is the most wonderful time of year for us Disney foodies.  Bring on the lamb chops and cheese soup and tacos and beer and and and…  Clearly I’m not excited at all.

Because there is so much to see and do during the festival, planning is key!  For the past few years, I have relied on the DFB Guides to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival to help me plan what booths I want to visit, what demonstrations I want to book and help me put together a general plan of attack.  There are over 30 booths to choose from and I want to make sure that I don’t miss anything!

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The DFB Guide to the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival e-book has everything you need to know before heading to Walt Disney World.  From what’s NEW at the festival, to touring strategies, to detailed menus and an entire FAQ section!  Here’s more of what you will find:

  • In-depth descriptions, prices, dates and times of events, seminars, demonstrations, and tasting options at the festival and how to book them
  • A full, daily schedule of events for every day of the festival
  • Details on how and where to use Disney Dining Plan Snack Credits at the festival
  • A list of the most popular items and events and how to experience them
  • An updated Epcot Food & Wine Festival FAQ section with information on how to make your visit more enjoyable
  • Printable checklist of the World Showcase Booth menus
  • Full index of brand new additions to the festival

Since this will be my 6th year attending the festival (WOW!), my first stop in the guide is always the “What’s NEW!” section.  I have my favorites that I MUST get each year (lamb chops and pork lettuce wraps, I’m talking to you!), but I love to try new things.  This is so helpful in prioritizing what new items to try and some of the new events I might want to attend.

2014-DFB-Food-and-Wine-Guide-Whats-NewOne of my favorite features has to be all of the detailed information on the Marketplace Booths.  Each booth has it’s own page, complete with photos of the booths AND food as well as the full menu.  This gets me so excited for what is to come and makes it easy to plan out the booths I MUST visit.  The photos are also great if you are not familiar with a particular dish or ingredient.  Here’s what you’ll find at one of my favorite booths, South Korea:

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Another great feature are the special event listings.  Between the large events, like Party for the Senses, and the smaller culinary demonstrations, there is A LOT to keep track of.  The guide has a full daily schedule of events complete with times.  Are you as excited to see Sister Hazel as my friend Rick is?  No worries, this guide will tell you the dates and times they are performing!

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And that’s not all!  There are fun bonus items like:

  • Eleven themed World Showcase Booth Crawls!
  • Customized touring strategies for the festival based on how much time you have to spend, if you have children, what your priorities are to see, and more!
  • Indexes of food, beer, wine, wineries, and chefs – complete with chef bios!
  • A fun playlist of songs featuring artists appearing at the Eat to the Beat Concert Series

So what’s better than having this awesome e-book downloaded to your phone as you walk around the Festival or on your laptop as you’re planning your trip??  A discount of course!  Right now you can receive $3 off your purchase of the DFB Guide to the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival e-book by using the discount code CHEFS at checkout.

All books come with a 100% money-back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose!  But trust me, you won’t want to give it back.  Find out more about the DFB Guide to the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival e-book here!

Happy eating!!

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Friday Feast: A Culinary Adventure at Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival

It’s snowing here in CT (again!) and I am dreaming of flip flops and dole whips.  To make matters worse, my friend Amanda has been enjoying both of these things in Walt Disney World this week and I have jealously been stalking her Instagram feed to pretend like I’m there.  And then to top it off, the Epcot International Flower & Garden (F&G) Festival kicked off this week and this year they have a mini Food & Wine Festival to go along with it.

Breathtakingly Beautiful!

Breathtakingly Beautiful!

For this year’s F&G Festival, Disney has added 12 culinary marketplaces for visitors to enjoy around World Showcase Lagoon.  The marketplaces are meant to showcase the flavors of spring from around the world.  This is genius on Disney’s part.  The International Food & Wine Festival is extremely popular in fall and what better way to draw on that success than to do a mini-festival in the spring!  So let’s take a look at some of Amanda’s pics of the yummy food offerings this year and pretend like we’re there.  Sounds torturous fun right???

The Cottage is located in the UK Pavilion and the theme is Savories, Trifles and Tea…sign me up!  There are a variety of hot and iced teas available (fitting for the UK), as well as sparkling wine and lemonade.  The savory dishes include a Potato, Chive and Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare and Sour Cream (whoa!), Baked Goat’s Brie with Kumquat Chutney, and Waterkist Farms Heirloom Tomatoes with house-made Mozzarella, Minus 8 Vinegar and Basil.  All of these sounds delicious.

1. Potato, Chive and Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare and Sour Cream 2. Baked Goat’s Brie with Kumquat Chutney 3. Peach Iced Tea

Biscuit with Smoked Salmon, Baked Goat’s Brie, Peach Iced Tea from The Cottage

The trifles are served in little shot classes and are about 3 bites each.  They have 3 options Ginger and Tea, Chocolate and Berry.  Don’t worry if you can’t decide…you can get a trio plate 😉

Trio of Trifles from The Cottage

Trio of Trifles from The Cottage

Next up, we’re going to visit Taste of Marrakesh for a Spiced Lamb Kebob with Vegetable Couscous Salad.  Probably not my first choice to try, but it looks pretty good.  Also available here are Harissa & Lamb Confit Chicken Drumettes with Chermoula & Cucumber Salad, Baghrir, a Moroccan pancake with honey, almonds & Argan Oil, and various beers and wines from the region.

Lamb Kabobs

Lamb Kabobs from Morocco

Now my favorite booth would be The Smokehouse located in the American Adventure Courtyard.  How can you go wrong with barbecue and beer?!  Here we have a Pulled Pig Slider with Cole Slaw and Smoked Beef Brisket with Collard Greens and Jalapeño Corn Bread.  I’m seriously drooling.  For dessert, there is a Rocky Road Brownie Mousse!

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Pulled Pig, Brisket and Beer from The Smokehouse!

Did you catch that beer flight?  Here are 4-6 oz. pours of Mama’s Little Yella Pils, Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company, Red Ale from Orlando Brewing, and Blackwater Porter from Orlando Brewing Company.  I had an amazing beer flight at Food & Wine last year that was amazing…check it out here.

Moving back around to the front of World Showcase, it’s no surprise that Amanda would stop at Jardin de Fiestas in Mexico.  We have a shared love of Mexican food.  Say the word carnitas and I’m all over that, which is why these Tacos de Carnitas (Pork Tacos topped with Tamarindo salsa, served on a flour tortilla with Chicharrón) are right up my alley!  The Tostada is a Crab served with Chipotle Mayo and Valentina Salsa.  Pair this with the special Rosita Margarita and we’re set!

Tacos and Tostada from Jardins de Fiestas

Tacos and Tostada from Jardins de Fiestas

The Florida Fresh marketplace is very reminiscent of the Florida Local booth during Food & Wine, which had some of my favorite items.  How good does this Shrimp and Stone Ground Grits with Andouille Sausage, Zellwood Corn, Tomatoes & Cilantro look?!?  Here you can also get a Watermelon Salad with pickled Red Onions, Baby Arugula, Feta Cheese & Balsamic Reduction and Angel Food Cake with macerated Florida Berries.  There is also Tomato Wine and Carrot Wine available, but that seems super strange even for me.

Shrimp and Grits at Florida Fresh

Shrimp and Grits at Florida Fresh

The last stop on our culinary adventure today is Pineapple Promenade.   You’ve heard about it, you’ve dreamt about it, you’ve wished for it to be true…now it is.  Here was have the Dole® Whip with Siesta Key Spiced Rum…O.M.G.!  I think I would give my left arm for this…ok maybe not that crazy…

Dole® Whip with Siesta Key Spiced Rum

Dole® Whip with Siesta Key Spiced Rum

You can also get a classic Dole® Whip here or a Pineapple Upside Down Cake here, but that would just be crazy.  I’m now about to look up flights so I can get down and try one of these.

There are other booths also around the lagoon: L’Orangerie in France, Hanami in Japan, Primavera Kitchen in Italy, Bauernmarkt in Germany, Lotus House in China, and Fruits by the Glass.  If you want full reviews of all of the marketplaces, check out this great review over on The Disney Food Blog.  Also make sure to check out the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining for tips and strategies on this and all other dining experiences in Walt Disney World!

Well, now I’m both hungry and sad.  How about you?  What do you want to try at this year’s Flower & Garden Festival?

Big thanks to Amanda Tinney at Disney Every Day for giving me the rights to her awesome photos!

Friday Feast: The New 2013 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining

Great news…The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining is updated for 2013!  The book is now over 400 pages of full color photos, advice and information on your favorite Walt Disney World eats!

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If you have followed any of my trips to WDW on Instagram or read my Disney dining reviews, you know that food is one of my favorite things about traveling to the World.  (Let’s be real, food is one of my favorite things…period.)  Dining always takes priority (well except for races) on my vacations and I often plan my days around my meals.  This is why I love the DFB Guides.  They give me the most up to date information on all the dining experiences, including:

  • 5-Step Strategy for Disney Dining Planning, covering everything you need to know from budgeting and booking to kids’ meals, dining discounts, and fireworks.
  • A comprehensive and in-depth look at Disney World restaurants, including tips and tricks to ensure a positive and stress-free dining experience.
  • Free, downloadable worksheets for planning your trip. These worksheets are designed to help you execute all the steps of planning the perfect Disney dining experience. And they’re reusable for your next trip!
  • Seven sample one-day dining itineraries for a head-start on planning.
  • A comprehensive index of bars and lounges. An often under-appreciated option for both dining and entertainment, the e-Book devotes a whole index to the topic.
  • The ability to be read on your mobile device or computer! It’s fully portable right in your pocket!

If that wasn’t enough in past years, the 2013 version now has even MORE foodie details and exclusive information!  The folks over at The Disney Food Blog have done extensive research (tough job!) to help you get the most out of your trip.  Some of the new features are:

  • Over 100 NEW pages of Disney Dining information — 400 pages total!
  • A greatly expanded Disney Dining Restaurant Reviews section, covering all Disney restaurants, food kiosks, bars, and lounges
  • An updated Disney Dining Plan section and price analysis for 2013
  • NEW Disney food and restaurant photos
  • An updated Disney Snacks chapter for enjoying treats in the theme parks and resorts, one of the most popular Disney dining topics
  • An extended and updated section on birthday parties and specialty cakes in Disney World
  • A comprehensive, 10-page chapter of Disney Dining news and updates from the past year, including new restaurants, new menus, and more
  • Details about how the My Magic+ Planning System could affect your vacation planning
  • 11 Great Snacks you must try this year
  • Scavenger Hunts and Top 5 List updates
  • Updates on all pertinent facts such as dining hours, prices, resources, phone numbers, and restaurant closures/openings
  • All new restaurant additions, closures, refurbishments, and added dining experiences
  • And much more!

Planning a Walt Disney World vacation can be overwhelming, but the DFB team has already done the work for you.  Plus the guide has a ton of fun activities for you and your family to enjoy.  I personally LOVE the scavenger hunts and the snack crawls.  When you can make a game out of finding good food, that’s a WIN in my book 🙂

I’ve found the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining incredibly useful in planning meals for my trips and it has saved me money along the way.  I thought I knew everything there was to know about Disney dining, but boy was I wrong!  Click here to get one for yourself…trust me, you won’t be disappointed!

In addition to the full guide, DFB has numerous mini-guides available for when you are looking for more specific information…check them out!

DFB Mini-Guide to Epcot Snacks

DFB Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks

DFB Dining Adventures: Magic Kingdom

What’s your favorite food in Walt Disney World?

Friday Feast: DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays 2012

Is anyone else in total disbelief that it is now the holiday season??  It seems to come faster every year!  If you’re a Disney fan, you know that Walt Disney World has been in full holiday mode since early November.  Now, I’m admittedly not the biggest fan of the holidays, but Disney can’t help but put even the biggest Grinch in the holiday spirit.  How can you not be just a little moved by the Osborne Lights??

While I tend to avoid Walt Disney World during this time of year because it is so busy, I was able to enjoy some of the festivities while down for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon.  Before I went, I got a copy of DFB  Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays e-Book to help me experience some of the specialty dining options going on.  

The DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays e-Book features all the info you need to know before you head to the world for the holidays, to touring strategies, how to avoid lines during the busiest time of the year and a very helpful FAQ section. Included in this edition are several fun bonus items:

  • Four themed holiday crawls, including one for seasonal beverages (that’s right up my alley!)
  • Customized Holiday Touring Strategies for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, Disney resort gingerbread displays, and more
  • Suggestions for the best restaurants to visit when you don’t have a reservation…on the busiest days of the year
  • A full section on great holiday activities and events for kids
  • And more!

If you’re unfamiliar with the holiday happenings at Walt Disney World, the Guide is a great introduction to all of the activities you can find around the resort.  Not only are there tips on how and where to book your holiday dining, but there  is very detailed information on the various ticketed events, transportation and even where to meet Santa Claus!    

 

Looking for your favorite holiday treats in the parks?  Need that egg nog fix after a long day of touring?  This is your go to source to find them!  All of the holiday menu additions are included in the restaurant descriptions.  Did you know that Sleepy Hollow Refreshments offers seasonal ice cream flavors??       

My favorite part about the holidays in Walt Disney World are the resorts.  Each one is elaborately decorated in the  theme for that resort.  Some of the deluxe resorts even have huge holiday displays, most of which are edible.  The most noteworthy is the life-size gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian where you can actually buy a shingle of gingerbread!

These are just a few snippets of information from the 235 page guide…there is so much more!  Good news, the folks over at the Disney Food Blog have been nice enough to offer a discount for you RAD Readers out there!  You can receive $3 off your purchase of the DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays e-Book by using the discount code HOLIDAY.  That’s sure to get you in the holiday spirit 🙂    

All books come with with a 100% money-back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose!  But trust me you won’t want to give it back.  Find out more about the DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays e-Book here!

Don’t forget to check out all of the other awesome DFB Guides for your upcoming trips!  They make great holiday gifts 🙂

Or you can Bundle all the guides and save!!  Look at that…I just helped kick start your holiday shopping.  You can thank me later.  Happy eating!!

Friday Feast: The DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

I can’t believe the 2012 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is only 2 weeks away!!  As sad as I am to see the summer go, I look forward to this event every year.  This will be my 4th year attending the festival and I enjoy it more each year.  I have learned over this time that to get the most out of your visit to the festival, you need to plan.  There 29 Marketplace Booths and an overwhelming number of special events, culinary demonstrations and wine tasting….where do you begin??

Last year I got the DFB  Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival e-Book and it was a life saver!  The book features a full, daily schedule of events for each day of the 46-day festival.  This level of detail, organized by day, can’t be found anywhere else online or in print.  It is the perfect tool to help plan what events you want to book, and it’s a great feature to use on your mobile device when you’re at the Festival.

The DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 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, to touring strategies and a brand new FAQ section. Included in this edition are several bonus items like:

  • A full, daily schedule of events for every day of the festival
  • Eleven themed World Showcase booth crawls (these are so fun!!)
  • Food and Wine Festival customized Touring Strategies for One Day visits, Budget-Conscious visits, visits with kids, and more
  • A chapter dedicated to all “New for 2012″ events, menu items, booths, and more
  • Full food, wine, beer, winery, and chef indexes, including dates and locations of where you can find your favorites
  • And more!

One of my favorite features is the information on all of the Marketplace Booths.  Each World Showcase booth has its own page, complete with photos of the booths AND food as well as a full menu.  This gets me so excited for what is to come and makes it easy to plan out which ones I want to visit.  The photos are also great if you are not familiar with a particular dish or ingredient.  Here’s what you’ll find at the Hawaii booth:

Another great feature are the special event listings.  Between the large events, like Party for the Senses, and the smaller culinary demonstrations, there is A LOT to keep track of.  The Guide has a full daily schedule of events complete with times.  Looking to see Air Supply at the Eat to the Beat Concert Series, but don’t know what time and date they are performing?  Look no further!

This year, there is a brand new FAQ section answering broad and not-so-broad questions like “Are the booths open in the rain?”, “Are the booths open during Extra Magic Hours?”, and “Is there a way to pay one price for an all-you-can-eat option?”  If you have a question, the DFB Mini-Guide is sure to have the answer!

So, what’s better than having this awesome e-book downloaded to your phone as you walk around the Festival or on your laptop as you’re planning your trip??  Getting it at a discount!!  As we countdown to opening day of the Festival, you can receive $3 off your purchase of the DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book by using the discount code COUNTDOWN.

All books come with with a 100% money-back guarantee on all of our guides, you have nothing to lose!  But trust me you won’t want to give it back.  Find out more about the DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book here!

Don’t forget to check out my picks for the top for Healthy Items at the the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.  Here’s Part 1 & Part 2…let me know what you think!