2017 International Food and Wine Festival Starts August 31

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Foodies get ready…the 2017 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival starts today at Walt Disney World, celebrating its 22nd year.

With 39 new dishes and 65 new cocktails and beverages, the annual festival features 35 marketplaces featuring food and beverage samples representing countries around the world.

With so many options, you’ll want to prepare by taking a look at the menus we posted earlier this month.

This year’s festival beer is the Florida Beer Company Passport 35 Triple Chocolate Milk Stout, which can be found at the Craft Beer marketplace. While there, try the cheeseburger and cheddar cheese macaroni handwich, a returning dish in honor of Epcot’s 35th anniversary.

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Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month Starts August 25, 2017

Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month Starts August 25, 2017

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month, sponsored by American Express, returns Aug. 25 – Oct. 1 with an unprecedented number of restaurants, each offering a three-course, prix fixe dinner menu for just $35 per person.

Celebrating its 12th year, the popular dining promotion offers over 100 restaurants throughout the Orlando area for local foodies or visiting gourmands who are looking to try out a local favorite or one of the hottest new venues added to Orlando’s growing culinary scene.

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Menus for the Marketplaces at the 2017 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

It’s almost time for the 2017 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, and we have the full listing of food and beverage that will be available at the marketplaces.

Each marketplaces centers on a specific country, featuring dishes native to that country. There are also a couple of marketplaces that group food to a concept, allowing more latitude in the menu.

We don’t have prices to share, but based on recent years, most samples will cost between $3-$8 per item.

To help you plan your visit(s) to the fest, here are all the food and beverage marketplaces to enjoy:

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BaseLine Tap House Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

BaseLine Tap House Coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios

As part of the revamp of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the park will be opening a new food and beverage location called BaseLine Tap House.

It will be located in a new area adjacent to the Muppet Courtyard called Grand Avenue. This area will be inspired by present-day Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA),

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Orlando Dining News Round-Up July 24, 2017: Ravenous Pig, Second Harvest Food Bank of CFL, Terralina Crafted Italian, More

In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up: special menus, new openings, and several closings. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

The interior of the Ravenous Pig restaurant in Winter Park.

The Ravenous Pig in Winter Park is launching a special summer 3 course prix fixe lunch menu starting July 25, 2017. Cost is $22, with the option to add select wine pairings for $22 a bottle. This menu will rotate with seasonal lunch items and includes dessert.

The restaurant will also be hosting a “Neighborhood Pig Roast” on Saturday, August 5th. The menu will consist of pulled pork, ribs, black eyed peas, collards, cornbread and a seasonal dessert for $17 a plate.

Neighboring Cask & Larder Brewery‘s Summer beer release will take place the same weekend. “Lardermelon” and all C&L draughts will be $5 a pint.

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D23: Walt Disney World to Add New Space-Themed Restaurant at Epcot

Walt Disney World to Add New Space-Themed Restaurant at Epcot

The D23 news is flying fast and furious, and word comes that a new space-themed restaurant will be coming to Epcot.

It will be located adjacent to the park’s Mission: SPACE attraction, according to Disney. Perhaps it will occupy the space where the Wonders of Life building currently sits mostly unused, but that wasn’t clarified during the D23 reveal by Walt Disney Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald.

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Out and About: Paddlefish Elevates Waterfront Dining at Disney Springs

Out and About: Paddlefish Elevates Waterfront Dining at Disney Springs

Paddlefish, a seafood-centric restaurant, is now open in The Landing at Disney Springs for your dining pleasure, and it’s definitely a don’t-miss place to eat.

Formerly known as Fulton’s Crab House, the restaurant has been completely revamped inside and out, taking on a contemporary interpretation of an elegant steamboat. The new design includes a variety of comfortable seating, large windows to enjoy the view of Disney Springs, and three floors for guests to enjoy, including a new rooftop deck on the third floor.

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Planet Hollywood Observatory at Disney Springs Reveals New Menu

Planet Hollywood will revamp its Orlando flagship location into a four-story building called Planet Hollywood Observatory.

We’re still a few weeks away from the opening of the revamped Planet Hollywood Observatory at Disney Springs, but they’ve released a sneak peek at the new menu.

The revamped menu highlights Planet Hollywood favorites while introducing new dishes from the likes of Chef Guy Fieri. Read more

Orlando Dining News Round-Up November 11 2016: 1921NVA, PizzeRizzo, Baoery

In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up: new openings, new brunches, special dining events, and a couple of closings. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

1921 by Norman Van Aken will start Sunday brunch service November 13.

1921 by Norman Van Aken will start Sunday brunch service November 13. The menu is a la carte and features dishes such as Corn Tamale Scramble, Acorn Squash Salad, Chicken & Waffles served with Asian spiced syrup, and the Full Moon Saloon Fish Sandwich with frites.

Hours are 11:30am to 2pm, and reservations are suggested. The restaurant is located at 142 East 4th Avenue in Mount Dora.

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Paddlefish at Disney Springs Now Hiring for Winter Opening

Paddlefish at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World

Paddlefish at Disney Springs is getting closer to their projected winter opening, and they are starting to hire for 350 positions.

Available positions include, but are not limited to: line cook, dishwashers, prep cooks, servers, bartenders, hosts, server assistants and food runners.

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Planet Hollywood Disney Springs Hiring for Fall 2016 Opening

Planet Hollywood will revamp its Orlando flagship location into a four-story building called Planet Hollywood Observatory.
Planet Hollywood Observatory artist rendering. [image courtesy Planet Hollywood]
Planet Hollywood at Disney Springs has been closed for extensive renovations, but they’re getting close to a Fall 2016 opening, and are looking for some employees.

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Orlando Dining News Round-Up September 9, 2016: Christner’s, Se7enbites, Orlando Cat Cafe

In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up: chef’s dinners, special menus, new openings, and a closing. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

Christner's Prime Steak & Lobster

Christner’s Cutting Board Dinner Series returns September 16 with a Jim Beam Bourbon Dinner. The interactive four-course small batch and single-barrel bourbon dinner will feature USDA Prime Bone-In Ribeye for the entree.

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STK Orlando at Disney Springs Offers Lunch Menu

STK Orlando at Disney Springs - Lil' BRGS

STK Orlando recently opened at Disney Springs, and is the only one to offer a lunch seating. The other locations in the brand are only open for dinner.

Created by Executive Chef James O’Donnell, the menu at lunch features many of the dishes found on the dinner menu, such as a variety of steaks, Free Range Chicken, and Florida grouper.

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