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Dining: The Food & Wine Classic at Walt Disney Swan & Dolphin is just days away

Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 12:51 pm


By Peter Covino

Lifestyles Editor

Diet now, Central Florida.

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic is just days away.

This is the fourth year for the event, held along the causeway of the two hotels, but Friday will be my first time going.

It is a two-night affair (Saturday in addition to Friday) and features food and beverages at more than 40  food and beverage stations featuring appetizing selections from restaurants, including Shula’s Steak House, Il Mulino New York Trattoria and Todd English’s bluezoo as well as wines, beers and cocktails from around the world.  There are some slight menu variations Friday and Saturday, but whichever day you choose to go, it will be a tasty affair.

The menu, available at, offers everything from beef and seafood to sushi, pasta, vegetarian selections and desserts.

And, of course, there are all those various wines, beers and cocktails to make it an even better experience.

There are just too many menu items to list here (plus it makes waiting for Friday all that more difficult) but from the press release: From a short rib Oscar, marrying beef, Maryland blue crab, asparagus and hollandaise; to a Chinese-inspired vegetarian bao; to a handcrafted convergence of bacon, black-eyed pea puree and maple, the food options are as innovative as they are enticing.  Finishing touches like raspberry s’mores and a milk chocolate mousse dome  with a center of caramel cream and hazelnut dacquoise sponge cake, provide even more intrigue.

If you got the time and some extra cash, there are a number of seminars held an hour before the main event. Seminars include one on pasta making, plus several geared toward wine (Italian, Spanish, champagne etc); as well as cocktail mixology and one exclusively devoted to beer.

While enjoying live entertainment and all those  food and wine samples, guests also can get a meet and greet with celebrity chef Todd English. English is a world-renowned restaurateur who has gained national acclaim through his line of restaurants and cookbooks, and his countless other food-related enterprises.  His concept, Todd English’s bluezoo, is a AAA four-diamond restaurant and one of the signature restaurants of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel. Other noted chefs, including Laurent Branlard, the hotel’s executive pastry chef –  and the world’s only two-time World Pastry Chef – will also be on-site throughout the weekend.
Event hours are 5:30 to 9 p.m. both days, seminars start at 4:30 p.m.  Advance purchase tickets for the event are $85 including taxes and includes unlimited food and beverage samples on the causeway.

One and two-night packages including tickets to the outdoor festival for two and overnight accommodations are available, starting at $300 per night
-Beverage seminars are $45 per person, per class including taxes
-Pasta seminar is $60 per person including taxes
-For more information or to book,  visit or call 1-800-227-1500