Good morning everyone. In honor of EPCOT’s International Food & Wine Festival, we thought that we’d share an amazing article written by our very dear friend Karyn Locke from www.sandandorsnow.com. The title of the article is “The Best Walt Disney World Quick Service Restaurants From The Experts!” and showcases some of the most amazing quick service restaurants found on Walt Disney World property, from the mega-sized Restaurantosaurus at Disney’s Animal Kingdom (submitted by Terri Miller from WDWHints) to the simple yet delicious Earl Of Sandwich at Disney Springs (submitted by Tania Lamb at Lola Lambchops), you can find something for every appetite. And the best part? These are all submitted by experts in the area of WDW Quick Service dining locations…BLOGGERS! To check out this great article (and to get inspired to try new things while dining on the quick at Walt Disney World) head over to the article here. Thanks again for such a great article Karyn! We’ll see you all in the parks.
Just like thousands of other Disney fans, The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is something I look forward to each year. Sure the food, merchandise, cooking demonstrations and drinks are fun…but for me…it’s also got a lot to do with the 1300 square foot Ocean Spray Cranberry bog. The bog welcomes you as you enter Epcot from the front of Future World, with it’s 500 pounds of cranberry color and beauty. Friendly Ocean Spray cranberry farmers are also on hand to talk with you about this fascinating harvest. It is a gorgeous display of information combined with entertainment in classic Epcot style. Check out my previous post to learn more!
Sometime in my early blogging days I became aware of an event where the media was given a chance to put on waders and get a sense of what it’s like to participate in the harvesting of this beautiful fruit. I thought of it as some sort of Disney dream to be so successful – what kind of media proprietor would you have to be to get invited to such an event? I took this dream into my heart and shared it with my family and friends. I knew it sounded crazy – but we all have a Disney dream, right? Mine just happened to involve wearing waders!
I began reaching out to the wonderful people at Ocean Spray in 2013. As 2014 rolled around, it got close to cranberry time again. When I checked in with Ocean Spray, I was very sad to learn that the negotiations did not work out to bring the bog back. I thought my dream was all but lost. Fast forward to 2015 – I am still “bog obsessed” and I find out it will be back for the 20th anniversary of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!
A couple of days, a few emails and texts later – thanks to the generosity of Ocean Spray – I find myself right in the middle of my cranberry dream becoming actual reality. Only it was better, because when the time came, my two friends decided to join me. The only thing better than an Epcot cranberry bog dream come true…is to get an exclusive experience of the magic with a couple of friends. Other than the Disney cast members and the team from Ocean Spray – we were the only ones inside the bog. Mark (far right) was a little hesitant at first – but I was encouraging him, and so was Sharon from Ocean Spray. I will never forget the way he looked at her and said, “OK – but can I go with HER?” I’m so proud to think maybe my dreams are a little contagious.
We were provided with brand new big red socks to wear underneath our boots!We put on our waders, and we had a blast!
If you want to see first hand what an emotional response I had to this whole thing, here’s a video.
As if this weren’t enough, I was invited to the reception room to experience their fascinating Ocean Spray harvest oculus rift experience.
I learned about cranberry harvesting in a whole new way. Does this remind you of the scene from Carousel of Progress? I was able to look up, down, and even behind me as the movie played. Amazing!
Another incredible part of my evening was meeting author Lisl H. Detlefsen. Lisl and I have a lot in common for two girls who live so far apart. We will have a whole story on her for you soon.
To see more from the reception room, a hilarious demonstration of harvesting by me, our nitro fried dessert, glowing cocktail and MORE check out the YouTube playlist! Follow Ocean Spray online on facebook, twitter, pinterest and YouTube.
Have you checked out the best-selling DFB Guide to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book? If not, what are you waiting for? The Disney Food Blog Guide to the 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book is now available, and here at Disneyways, we’re offering a FREE BONUS gift! That’s right, when you order your Disney Food Blog Guide to the 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book by clicking any of our affiliate links on this page – you can help us cover costs here at Disneyways – with NO extra cost to you! Once your order is completed – be sure type your mailing address in the comments below. I will then verify that you used our links to purchase – and with that – I can send you a FREE BONUS gift from Walt Disney World. How’s that for an awesome deal?
This 250-page guide to the 2014 Festival offers insider tips and advice as well as all of the details you need to know to plan your best Festival visit ever. Your purchase includes several bonus items as well — including a full daily schedule of events at the Festival and a printable World Showcase Booth Menu Checklist to carry with you as you Eat around the World! The cost is just $14.95 if you had to pay full price but as a Disneyways reader you can…
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53 days of special events, over 30 food and beverage tasting booths, and celebrity chefs to meet? How do you fit it all in without breaking the budget? Make sure you make the most of your time at Disney World’s Food & Wine Festival!
The Disney Food Blog Guide to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival e-Book has the very best tips, information, and advice to be sure you enjoy every minute of your time at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival! With 220 pages of information, you can plan ahead and be ready to dive right in as soon as you arrive. So much is going on at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival this year; make sure you don’t have any regrets after you leave!
The DFB Guide to the Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book is 220 pages of in-depth information, including significant updates unique to this year’s festival! If you were one of the many who bought the guide last year, you know how important these details are. They’ve noted all of the new marketplace booth menu items, new events, and more! Plus, they’ve added an expanded FAQ section, a printable checklist of all World Showcase Booth menu items, Epcot Food and Wine Festival recipes, and even more bonus items (including new booth crawls and touring strategies)!
The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is quickly approaching! The biggest Food and Wine Festival of its kind in the world can be overwhelming, but by pre-planning you’ll be able to choose the parts that are most important to you and create a strategy to make sure you experience them all.
Plan Your Days Ahead of Time With Our Exclusive Full Schedule of Events for Every Day of the Festival!
This extremely valuable, exclusive resource allows you to easily flip to the days you’ll be there, see what’s offered, and be ready to book tickets — just like that! Use it on your mobile device when you’re at the festival to see what events are happening in real time.
Don’t Waste Money On Food and Beverages You Don’t Want!
You’ll have instant access to menus and food photos from the World Showcase booths. By choosing your must-eats before you get to the festival, you’ll save time, money, and all-important stomach space! You’ll also get location, time, and price details for every single event, concert, and seminar at the Festival. Exclusive and customized bonus sections will help make your trip to the Festival your best visit ever.
Take a look before your trip to decide what menu items and events your family will enjoy, then book early to make sure you’re one of the lucky attendees! Time is money on a Disney Vacation; get the most out of both!
Learn Tips to Avoid Endless Lines and to Get Into Popular Events!
Now in its 18th year, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is well-known for high quality presentations, celebrity chefs, and fantastic food. But each year the event gets bigger and bigger, and it becomes more difficult to simply pop in for the day and see everything.
Don’t get shut out of popular events, and don’t wait in winding lines! Remember, if you only have a few days (or less) to spend at the Festival, you want to be sure you’re making the right choices! The Disney Food Blog Guide to the 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book is now available! Order yours today!
In an MmmBop they’re gone – but hopefully they will be back next year! Back in 1996, when Mmmbop was first released, many teenage girls swooned over Hanson, myself being one of those. Finally adult me got to see them in concert at Eat to the Beat at Epcot, and yes, I did swoon some more. Those boys grew up to be good-looking men who sounded just as great, if not better, then when they were teenagers.
Hearing them in concert was amazing. They played a variety of music from their 5 albums, and one song off of their new album that has yet to be released. Of course, Mmmbop was played and the crowd went wild! I did not know they still had such a hard-core fan base still. People waited in line up to 5 hours ahead of the concert just so they could be in the front row, with their hand made ‘I love Hanson!’ signs.
The boys put on a great show and I would highly recommend seeing them if you ever get the opportunity. The chance to see Hanson play was fantastic and my teenage self jumped with joy! Eat to the Beat scores again!
Your 2013 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival map is here! Find all your kiosks, exact locations, menu items and more…all in one place! Just in time!
Maybe I was looking at the wrong websites, or just doing it wrong, but I was having a hard time finding a festival map that was large enough to read. The map I created below is from the official Disney website. You can click here to see it in it’s original format – all I did was make it bigger. I was able to get my printer to PRINT this map as well. It even came out all on one page, STILL large enough to read. I hope it does the same for you!
Thanks for allowing me to share this with you today. Friends don’t let friends go to food and wine without a plan!
Click on the mini-map below to enlarge it…and start planning you way around the world! Cheers!
Are you getting ready for Food and Wine? It’s never too early to begin planning! Today we got the scoop for you with an early announcement of just a few of the menu items that you have to look forward to!
Scotland Booth — NEW this year!
Scottish Salmon with Cauliflower Puree, Watercress and Malt Vinaigrette With Baby Root Vegetables
Brazil Booth — Newly RETURNING this year!
Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Onions, Avocado, and Cilantro
Cerveharias Kaiser Brewery, Xingu Black Beer
Carnaval Moscato White Sparkling
Florida Local Booth
Florida Grass Fed Beef Slider with White Cheddar and Sweet & Hot Pickles
Florida Orange Groves Hurricane Class 5, Florida White Sangria
South Korea Booth
Kimchi Dog with Spicy Mustard Sauce and Kimchi
The Vegan Vine Red Blend
Once Upon a Vine’s The Fairest Chardonnay
Craft Beers Booth
Sierra Nevada, Torpedo® Extra IPA
Frozen Szarlotka (Frozen Polish Apple Pie) featuring Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka
“Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce (YEP!! It’s BACK!!)
The Wolftrap Red (Syrah, Mourvèdre, Viognier)
New Zealand Booth
Mohua Sauvignon Blanc
Desserts & Champagne Booth
Chocolate Orange Cupcake
Hazelnut Chocolate Cheesecake
Morello Cherry Pistachio Mousse
Nicolas Feuillatte Rosé
All of this information is from Disney Food Blog .
We also have news on a Food and Wine Tables in Wonderland Event coming soon! Festival dates, concerts and how to save time at food and wine are all here on Disneyways! Click HERE and scroll down to see it all in one place!
Tables in Wonderland Food and Wine Festival Preview
For those Tables in Wonderland members who would like to try all of the dishes before the festival opens on September 27th, we’ve got great news! This year’s Tables in Wonderland Sneak Preview of the Festival will take place on Saturday July 27, 2013 at the Odyssey Pavilion at Epcot!
Cost is $133.13, tax and gratuity included, and the event is limited to 150 guests. Click HERE for self-booking and instant confirmation- but not until Monday, July 1, 2013 at 10:00am! This event may sell out quickly so be prepared!
Have the following information ready: Tables in Wonderland Ticket Number (number beginning with a W and includes a date), First and Last Name of everyone in your party (you may purchase up to 10 tickets), Home address, Phone number, Credit Card Number, Billing Address of the Credit Card, Personal Email Address, Food Allergies (if any.)
Oh, and I would really like to go – so if someone wants to sponsor me – I will join you!
Have a magical day!