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Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic – A Royal Feast

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How does one even begin to describe the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Food and Wine Classic? It’s party, a festival, a soiree, wine tasting, fine dining, and neighborhood party all wrapped up into one. Add to that a beer garden, special food and wine educational seminars, and the opportunity to meet the chefs and top staff from the amazing restaurants inside the hotels and you have a terrific ticket. Then, you still get to enjoy the food tastings from each restaurant and discover new wines from around the globe.

The Food and Wine Classic really is the best value when it comes to food and wine anywhere on property. But it’s only one weekend a year. So remember to check the calendar come the end of summer next year and be sure to secure your tickets for next year’s event.

I started off my evening with a seminar on Wine Blending from the hotel’s top dog when it comes to dining – Tony Porcellini, ‎Director Food and Beverage at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin. It was my first ever wine blending seminar. I learned a ton about wine and in the end blended my own Bordeaux. It was a fantastic experience and Porcellini was a fantastic host, sort of the Al Pacino of hotels.

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From the seminars you move down onto the causeway between the two hotels. Every guest is provided a tray with a convenient holder for your wine glass. Water is provided at each station so you can rinse the previous taste from your glass. This was the BBQ pork from Cid’s Smokehouse, the clear winner of the night for me.Read More »Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic – A Royal Feast

Food and Wine Classic at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin – Tasting Menus

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If there’s one event I look forward to every year, it’s the Food and Wine Classic at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin hotels. Each year the chefs from the hotel’s 17 award winning restaurants prepare and serve samples of their best dishes, which you can pair with amazing wine tastings from around the globe.

The event runs two nights, October 31st and November 1st and is a very affordable $90 with an advanced purchase. No theme park admission is required, but there is a fee to park.

The tasting menus for each evening have been released and they look amazing. The menus are actually slight different on Friday and Saturday, so maybe you’ll want to attend both.

Both nights: Oct 31st

  • Shula’s – Tenderloin, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, sauce bordelaise.
  • Picabu – Taqueria – Corn Tortilla, Barbacoa of Beef, Organic Vegetables, Cheddar Cheese, Lime Wedge, Lettuce, Onion, Shaved Radish, Pico de Gallo, Assorted Hot Sauces
  • Desserts by Executive Pastry Chef – Laurent Branlard:
    • Chocolate Crunch Napoleon, Hazelnut Daquoise, Chocolate Whipped Cream, Chocolate Layer
    • Lemon Peel Mousse and Blueberry Cream Dome, Lemon Angel Food Cake
    • Tres Leche Sponge, Exotic Cremeu, Vanilla Bavaroise, Exotic Gelee, and Coconut Marshmallow
    • Chocolate Dome Bavaroise, Caramel Cremeu, Chocolate Flourless Cake, Milk Chocolate Glaze
    • Raspberry Compote, Yogurt Pannacotta, Jam Filled Raspberry, Raspberry Marshmallow
    • Orange Peel and Gran Marnier Cream Puff, Almond Sable, Chocolate Coated Almonds

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Swan & Dolphin Food & Wine Classic Returns For Fourth Year of Treats

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You may not realize this, but the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival is not the only must-attend event for foodies this fall. The culinary team at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel is already gearing up for the annual Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic. Get your plates and wine cups ready for two nights of outdoor food and fun on October 18 – 19.

Last year was my second year attending and it was bigger and better that the previous year. I left with a very fun stomach and a list of wines I knew I wanted to try again. The chefs and staff of the Swan and Dolphin’s best restaurants partner with their top vendors to make this an experience you’ll savor. Now that the classic is returning for its fourth year I urge you to attend and savor the flavor of culinary innovation along the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel’s lush causeway.

So what will you find at the classic? Join me below:
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Swan and Dolphin Hotels, Urban Legend Explained

In a great piece of history telling, Yesterland dives into the urban myth that the iconic sculptures for the Swan and Dolphin hotels were accidentally incorrectly placed by the construction helicopter during construction leading to a forced name change for each hotel. After all, why… Read More »Swan and Dolphin Hotels, Urban Legend Explained