Category Archives: Food & Wine Festival

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!

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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.”

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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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Disney at Home: Lamb Meatballs with Spicy Tomato Chutney

One of the kiosks Matt and I never pass up at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is the New Zealand kiosk. We like the Lamb Meatball with Spicy Tomato Chutney served, and since we didn’t end up ordering during the 2013 festival, I decided to make it at home using the recipe found in the 2013 cookbook. While the ingredient list is a bit long, you might have most of the items already in your pantry. I already had the basil plant and picked up a rosemary one as well, and also a package a thyme. Of course, dried herbs can always be subbed (which I had in my pantry). The only items I didn’t have on hand were the lamb, tomatoes, onions, and bread.


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Epcot 2013 Food & Wine Festival Recipe: Outpost’s Brown Elephant

Amarula Cream Liqueur is a bit of a staple at Animal Kingdom and Animal Kingdom Lodge, popping up in mixed drinks at various restaurants and bars (such as the African Coffee served at Tamu Tamu Refreshments). The South African liqueur is comprised of cream, sugar and fruit from the African marula tree. During the 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, the Outpost, the African-inspired “village” located between China and Germany, served a cocktail called the Brown Elephant (Melissa Sue of Mouse on the Mind was a fan!). Since I didn’t have a chance to sample it during the festival, I was happy to see its recipe in this year’s festival cookbook.


The cocktail is a simple one, featuring Amarula (which I found with the other cream liqueurs, such as Bailey’s Irish Cream, in my local Publix liquor store), milk and Coca-Cola. As you can see above, I used Caffeine Free Diet Coke (we only drink diet soda, and since I was making this drink at night, I didn’t want the caffeine).

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2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival: Terra

Last year, when Terra was introduced to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, I was excited to see vegan options making their way into festival. Unfortunately, I didn’t care for the Chili Colorado that I tried, and wasn’t too keen on trying the other items that were available. I’ve heard reviews from both ends of the spectrum regarding the food served here, from love to straight up hate. Like every other post on the blog, I’m honest as to what I think of what I try. And I’ll be honest in saying that I wasn’t planning on revisiting Terra until I spotted the Fresh Watermelon Juice.



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The idea of Fresh Watermelon Juice on the hot day I was in Epcot sounded wonderful. I gladly will sip the juice that escapes watermelon when I slice it up at home. It’s light, summery and just sweet enough, and the juice served at Terra is no different.

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