Category Archives: Food & Wine Festival

Eat to the Beat Concerts Are ‘All For You’ throughout 19th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

22 ‘Eat to the Beat’ Concert Acts Perform Sept. 19-Nov. 10. 

Five new Eat to the Beat musical acts join 17 fan-favorite bands to complete a genre-spanning lineup of pop hit greats during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Sept. 19-Nov. 10 at Walt Disney World Resort.

New-to-the-festival bands Jo Dee Messina, Fuel, Jim Brickman, Los Lonely Boys and David Cook — and 17 returning acts including Sister Hazel, Hanson and Boyz II Men — will rock the America Gardens Theatre stage during concerts at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. daily. The lineup (subject to change and included in Epcot admission) includes:

Sept. 19-21 – Jo Dee Messina NEW! ”Lesson in Leavin’”

Sept. 22-23 — The Pointer Sisters “I’m So Excited”

Sept. 24-25 — Rick Springfield “Jessie’s Girl”

Sept. 26-27 — Christopher Cross “Sailing”

Sept. 28-29 — Hanson “I Will Come to You”

Sept. 30-Oct. 2 — Air Supply “All Out of Love”

Oct. 3-5 — STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas “We Built This City”

Oct. 6-8 — Sugar Ray “Fly”

Oct. 9-10 – Fuel NEW! ”Shimmer”

Oct. 11-12 — Sister Hazel “All For You”

Oct. 13-14 — Richard Marx “Hold On to the Night”

Oct. 15-16 — Billy Ocean “Caribbean Queen”

Oct. 17-19 — Night Ranger “Sister Christian”

Oct. 20-22 — Smash Mouth “Walkin’ On the Sun”

Oct. 23-24 – Jim Brickman NEW! “Valentine”

Oct. 25-26 – Los Lonely Boys NEW! “Heaven”

Oct. 27-28 — Wilson Phillips “Hold On”

Oct. 29-31 — Dennis DeYoung, original member of the group STYX “Come Sail Away”

Nov. 1-2 — 38 Special “Caught Up in You”

Nov. 3-5 — Boyz II Men “End of the Road”

Nov. 6-7 – David Cook NEW! “The Time of My Life”

Nov. 8-10 — Big Bad Voodoo Daddy “Go Daddy-O”

(Songs listed are for artist recognition only and may not be included in the concert play list)

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Looking to the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

On Wednesday, a Tables in Wonderland experience was announced for the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival Sneak Preview “Taste Your Way Around The World.” I thought it would be fun to take a look at the menu for the event and do a bit of speculation as to what we can expect in late September. Registration begins Monday, June 23, 2014 at 10:00am, so be sure to set a reminder of you want to attend!

The preview begins with a Buffet Reception:

Africa: South African Bobotie with Turkey and Mushrooms

tusker-house-donalds-safari-breakfast-plate-1Bobotie is the egg & beef dish to the left of the photo, atop the rice

Bobotie is far from being a stranger to menus around Animal Kingdom park and the Lodge. You can find it on the breakfast menus at Tusker House (Animal Kingdom) Boma, and The Mara (Animal Kingdom Lodge), as well as the dinner menu at Boma.

Scotland: Sea Scallop with Spinach Cheddar Gratin and Crispy Bacon

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I’m really excited about this dish from Scotland, especially since I was a bit underwhelmed by 2013’s offerings (with the exception of the Banoffee Tart, that is). Last year, the Brazil kiosk served a perfectly cooked Scallop, though it’s pairing were a bit lacking. Serve a Spinach Cheddar Gratin and Crispy Bacon alongside it? I’m sold!

Puerto Rico: “Papa Rellena” Crispy Fried Potato Balls stuffed with Pork and Beef

bongos-papa-rellena-fillingBongos’ Papa Rellena

Another dish I’m looking forward to is Puerto Rico’s Papa Rellena. If I enjoy them as much as I enjoy the ones from Bongos at Downtown Disney, I’ll be a happy girl.

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Tables in Wonderland: Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival Sneak Preview “Taste Your Way Around The World”

2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival Sneak Preview “Taste Your Way Around The World”

Where: East Hall, World ShowPlace Pavilion at Epcot®
When: Saturday July 19, 2014 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Price: $143.78, tax & gratuity included

Counting down the days to the Festival? Looking forward to international marketplaces featuring tasty tapas-sized dishes and refreshing beverages? Eager to try your hand at mixology? Ready for some Culinary Demonstrations? Excited to enjoy an exhilarating outdoor concert?

With the 19th Annual Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival just around the corner, we would like to invite Tables in Wonderland members only to a “sneak preview” of this year’s Festival! Join us as we sample the food and hear speakers talk about the new and exciting things we have in store for you this year! Learn what new marketplaces will be added, as well as new special events. Be one of the first to be “in the know” as we taste our way around the world!

Please visit the following website for self-booking and instant confirmation.

The website will go live and begin taking reservations on Monday, June 23, 2014 at 10:00am.

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What’s Cooking in Fall 2014 at WDW

Family Friendly Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Extends to 26 Nights

Not-so-spooky ghosts and goblins return this fall with three extra nights of fun during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, delighting fun-seekers of all ages in the Magic Kingdom. On select nights September 1 through October 31, the Magic Kingdom will host this special hard ticket event from 7 p.m. – midnight.  Highlights include Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade; Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Spectacular; Disney characters dressed in their favorite Halloween costumes; and candy galore with treat trails throughout the Magic Kingdom. Plus partygoers can enjoy favorite attractions including the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Visit for party dates and prices, or call 407-W-DISNEY.


19th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Extended to Record 53 Days in 2014 — New Dates Run Sept. 19-Nov. 10

Disney’s fall culinary extravaganza will arrive a week early this year and debut new flavors from South America when the 19th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival kicks off Sept. 19 at Walt Disney World Resort.  The 2014 festival runs a record 53 days – up seven days from the previous 46-day event — until Nov. 10 and introduces its first Patagonia Marketplace showcasing tastes of Argentina and Chile.

Celebrated for its creative tapas-sized dishes and inspired sips, high-energy entertainment and premium signature dinners and tastings, the festival will sizzle with a variety of ethnic and specialized marketplaces. Guests can pair wines and beers with their food as they stroll the World Showcase Promenade.

Celebrity and Disney chefs will present culinary demonstrations, and beverage experts will host daily wine tastings and mixology seminars for a nominal fee.  Eat to the Beat concerts starring pop bands such as Rick Springfield and The Pointer Sisters will rock the festival party each evening. Guests can call 407/WDW-FEST (939-3378) or visit for information and updates about booking premium culinary programs, dinners and tasting events such as the popular Party for the Senses.

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Disney at Home: Aulani Sunrise

With weather heating up across most of the nation (except for those of you in the Midwest and Great Lakes states – you could use this sunshine in a glass!), it’s about time we get our bars ready for some summer pink drinks! Today we’re breaking out our Tiki glassware and shaking up an Aulani Sunrise!


This drink was featuring during the 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. And with the recent release of the 2014 Eat to the Beat Concert Series lineup, what better reason to toast to what’s ahead!

2013-Epcot-food-wine-Hawaii-menu2013 Hawaii Menu

While I passed on ordering the cocktail at the kiosk last year, here’s a look at the cocktail from the 2013 official cookbook for the festival. I love the Mickey ice cube!


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2014 Eat to the Beat Concert Lineup Announced for Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Is it too early to start thinking about the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival? Heck no! I’m looking forward to BBVD, as usual! Fresh from the Disney Parks Blog:

This year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will return to the park September 19 – November 10, and we just received the list of performers who will participate in the Eat to the Beat concert series.

New acts coming this year include the Jo Dee Messina, Fuel and Los Lonely Boys. There are also several returning favorites, including Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Boyz II Men.

Here’s a look at the schedule:

  • Sept 19-21 – Jo Dee Messina
  • Sept. 22-23 – The Pointer Sisters
  • Sept. 24-25 – Rick Springfield
  • Sept. 26-27 – Christopher Cross
  • Sept. 28-29 – Hanson
  • Sept. 30-Oct. 2 – Air Supply
  • Oct. 3-5 – STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas
  • Oct. 6-8 – Sugar Ray
  • Oct. 9-10 – Fuel
  • Oct. 11-12 – Sister Hazel
  • Oct. 13-14 – TBD
  • Oct. 15-16 – Billy Ocean
  • Oct. 17-19 – Night Ranger
  • Oct. 20-22 – Smash Mouth
  • Oct. 23-24 – Jim Brickman
  • Oct. 25-26 – Los Lonely Boys
  • Oct. 27-28 – Wilson Phillips
  • Oct. 29-31 – Dennis DeYoung, original member of STYX
  • Nov. 1-2 – 38 Special
  • Nov. 3-5 – Boyz II Men
  • Nov. 6-7 – David Cook
  • Nov. 8-10 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Guess I better start setting up my festival pages! Check out last year’s coverage here!

Who is performing during your Food & Wine vacation? Is there any act your looking forward to seeing (or sad that you’re missing)?

Disney at Home: Flame Tree Barbeque Sauce

Flame Tree Barbecue at Animal Kingdom has a bit of a cult following. Rightfully so, as they have some really great dishes, like their 1/2 Chicken and Onion Rings, of course paired with their Sweet and Spicy Barbeque Sauce.


We have recipes of the barbecue sauce in two of our cookbooks, and they differ slightly. For this “Disney at Home,” we combined the version in “Chef Mickey” with the “Cooking with Mickey and the Disney Chefs.” The differences? We used the 1/4 cup of water listed with “Cooking” and added the 1/2 teaspoon of salt listed in “Chef.”

Flame-Tree-BBQ-SaucesFlame Tree’s Barbecue Sauces

Now I just made the sauce and am reviewing the recipe solely on its own merits. I’ll likely be dipping some chicken in it tonight. If you have the time, you could always cook up some ribs! :)

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The best part about this recipe is that there’s a good chance you already have all the ingredients on hand. If not, you might have substitutions. I had to pick up molasses, but I could have subbed extra brown sugar or honey, both of which were on deck.


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