Hello everyone and welcome to the October issue of the Gluten Free & Dairy Free at WDW Newsletter! You're probably not surprised to see that this month's newsletter is all about the upcoming Food & Wine Festival and 2nd Annual Special Diets Dessert Party Weekend festivities. There was a time that I didn't care as much about the Food & Wine Festival. And then suddenly everything changed. One day I was sitting in my apartment thinking about the possibilities of a gluten free & food allergy-friendly Food & Wine Festival-inspired event, and, just like Ellen's dream sequence in Ellen's Energy Adventure, an idea came to light! The 2nd Annual Special Diets Dessert Party was created.
As luck would have it, I was able to coordinate some amazing events with my friend, and cookbook writer and author, Laurie Sadowski. She is definitely the Bill Nye of food allergy baking! Laurie will be presenting a Lunch & Learn at Raglan Road Irish Pub in Downtown Disney sponsored by Magners Irish Cider! And she'll be meeting many guests at the Welcome Breakfast at Babycakes NYC sponsored by Enjoy Life Foods. Unlike Ellen's dream sequence, there is definitely eating, drinking, photography and video recording allowed! In fact, we encourage guests to share their photos with us on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter!
For those guests that can't attend, stay tuned to Gluten Free & Dairy Free for all the latest Food & Wine Festival special diets news. Disney has confirmed that they will not release a gluten free festival map this year, but I'll be reporting news about the booths, culinary demos and more as I hear them! You can also check out my friend Alexis' website Gluten Free in Orlando, where she is documenting her experiences at the festival.
When visiting the F&W Festival, it's important to know where the culinary creativity and products come from. In this month's newsletter, Krista Joy from Disneyways will explore the Ocean Spray cranberry and the famous cranberry bog at Epcot. It may not be the important discovery that sparks the progress of civilization but the cranberry sure is an important part of the festival, as Krista will explain!
This issue also includes a dessert party weekend-inspired recipe from Laurie at the Allergy-Free Cook. This month she's featuring a riff from her first book's Hearty Beer Bread, highlighting Magners Irish Cider! You can also check out her recent blog post with a non-alcoholic version. Don't forget--if you're heading to any of the events on the dessert party weekend, you can get discounts on Laurie's books and receive discounts on personalized one-on-one gluten free coaching sessions!
For the next issue of the newsletter, do you have a favorite Disney delight you'd like to make at home? Submit your favorites and Laurie will work her magic! And if you want to hear more about Laurie's gluten free & vegan Disney dining tips, you can catch her on Episode 008 of the Gluten Free & Dairy Free at WDW Podcast!
As always, this newsletter features our Disney GF/DF food photo of the month, updates on special events and meetups, and guest articles. Of course, you’ll always find the latest reviews, tips, and tricks on the Gluten Free & Dairy Free at WDW Blog! If you have a great idea for a series or feature you'd like to see in the newsletter, let us know by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to sharing this month's bevy of festivities with you and keeping you posted on the latest Food & Wine Festival news! And stay tuned for all the latest special diets Disney dining news at Gluten Free & Dairy Free at WDW. Disney, you make our special diets dining world go 'round!