2017 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Starts August31

2017 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Foodies get ready…the 2017 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival starts August 31 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.

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Out and About: Taste! Central Florida Offers Great Food and Drink for a Local Cause

Taste! Central Florida Offers Great Food and Drink for a Local Cause

This weekend the annual Taste! Central Florida took place, and it was an evening of great food and drink which raised funds for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and the Coalition for the Homeless.

The numbers have yet to come in, but it’s safe to say the event raised a lot of money that will stay in Central Florida to help those in need.

Since I can’t report on the numbers, I’m going to list my choices for favorites at the event. Keep in mind I have food allergies so I couldn’t try everything. But of the dishes I tried, here’s my most memorable:

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

Epcot International Food & 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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Walt Disney World Announces Dates for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2017

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World is one of the best holiday celebrations in Orlando, and we have the 2017 dates for the event.

This family-friendly celebration has several returning favorites, including “Holiday Wishes,” and “A Frozen Holiday Wish,” along with the centerpiece of the party, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.

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Dates Announced for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2017 at Walt Disney World

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Mark your calendars Disney fans, dates have been announced for this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World.

This family-friendly Halloween features trick-or-treating, Disney characters dressed up in their spooky finest, and several fan favorite shows.

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‘The Music of Pixar Live!” to Debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Memorial Day Weekend 2017

'The Music of Pixar Live!" to Debut at Disney's Hollywood Studios Memorial Day Weekend 2017

Walt Disney World has announced Disney’s Hollywood Studios will present “The Music of Pixar Live! – A Symphony of Characters” starting May 26, 2017.

This limited-time event will showcase music from Pixar Animation Studios films, like Toy Story, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, and Cars, complete with a live orchestra.

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Out and About: Planet Hollywood Observatory at Disney Springs Brings Flavortown to Orlando

Planet Hollywood Observatory at Disney Springs

Planet Hollywood has been an iconic restaurant on Disney property since it opened, but many wondered if the recent remodel and revamp would change the great food and fun atmosphere.

It did…and for the better, in my opinion.

The finished version of the Planet Hollywood Observatory features three floors of seating inside, with a new outside screened terrace that offers a great view of Disney Springs.

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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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Headlining Acts Announced for 2017 Garden Rocks Concert Series at Epcot

Jack Blades of Night Ranger - photo by M.Snow

One of the highlights of the annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is the Garden Rocks Concert Series, and we have the list of acts that will be appearing.

The festival will run March 1 through May 29, but the concerts will only be held Friday through Monday (which is one day more each week than previous years).

There are several new acts making their first appearance at the Garden Rocks concerts, including pop punk rockers Simple Plan, and 80s hitmaker Berlin featuring Terri Nunn. Mark your calendars, because here is the full schedule:

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Rivers of Light to Open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Feb 17, 2017

Rivers of Light to Open at Disney's Animal Kingdom Feb 17, 2017

The much anticipated Rivers of Light will finally debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World on February 17, 2017.

Rivers of Light is a 15-minute show combining live performance, floating set pieces, a soaring musical score, fountains and more in a celebration of animals and nature on the Discovery River inside the park.

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Patriots Running Back James White Celebrates Super Bowl Win at Walt Disney World

Patriots Running Back James White Celebrates Super Bowl Win at Walt Disney World

Mere hours after helping the New England Patriots win this year’s Super Bowl, running back James White celebrated with Mickey Mouse at Walt Disney World.

In a parade than ran down Main Street U.S.A., White and Mickey shared a perch on a float that also had Goofy and Minnie Mouse, all dressed in their football finest.

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Orlando Dining News Round-Up January 6 2017: The Meatball Stoppe, Culver’s, PB&G at Four Seasons

We start the year off with a lot of Orlando dining news. In this week’s round-up: new openings, new chefs, and some local beverage news. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

The Southern-inspired, farm-fresh restaurant PB&G at Four Seasons Resort Orlando now has its own custom bourbon.

The Southern-inspired, farm-fresh restaurant PB&G at Four Seasons Resort Orlando now has its own custom bourbon.

In partnership with Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, this particular bourbon has been aged in a charred oak barrel since October 2004, and is made up of 60 percent corn, 35 percent rye, and a 5 percent malted barley base.

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Walt Disney World to Live Stream Magic Kingdom NYE Fireworks Dec 31

Fantasy In the Sky fireworks from the Magic Kingdom

This year you can enjoy the New Year’s Eve fireworks at the Magic Kingdom from the comfort of your home when Walt DIsney World streams them online.

The December 31 edition of Fantasy in the Sky will be shown live, starting at 11:45pm EST, on the official Disney Parks Blog. It will appear in a blog post at the top of the page.

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Merry Christmas From CitySurfing Orlando feat. The Osborne Lights

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Whether you’re an Orlando native, or you’re visiting to get away from the cold, CitySurfing Orlando wishes you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays!

Last year was the final year for the much loved Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, which ran for 20 years at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. So we thought it would be fun to revisit our coverage of the holiday event.

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