Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival may get most of the attention each fall, but another epicurean event around the corner will be celebrating its eighth anniversary when the 2017 Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic returns to Walt Disney World on October 27 and 28.
The 2017 Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic will return for its eighth year Friday, October 27, and Saturday, October 28, with new dishes debuting alongside returning festival favorites. Highlights of the 2017 menu include featured items from the hotel’s signature restaurants: Kobe beef mini burgers with truffle aioli, Applewood smoked bacon and roma tomato chutney from The Fountain; seared Yellowfin Tuna salad from Todd English’s bluezoo; ricotta gnocchi with wild mushrooms, baby spinach and fennel sausage from Il Mulino Trattoria and oven-roasted beef ribeye with mashed potatoes and sauce bordelaise from Shula’s Steakhouse. Returning dishes include the dragon sushi roll from Kimonos and fish ‘n’ chips with sea salt and vinegar potato chips from Garden Grove.
The Swan and Dolphin’s Executive Chef, Robert Ciborowski will also be bringing back his signature barbecue at the Cib’s Smoke House station with hand-crafted pork belly and smoked Spanish Iberico pork collar.
World Champion Pastry Chef Laurent Branlard will bring sweetness to the festivities with desserts like the crunchy chocolate passion fruit truffle and key lime vanilla cream. The returning Sundae Action Station will let guests pick their own unique ice cream toppings, like raspberry whipped cream and caramelized hazelnuts.
Also returning this year will be Carnival Corner and Chinatown, offering specialty cuisine in immersive themed areas, as well as the Sunday Bubbles Brunch on Sunday, Oct. 29. Original dessert offerings will once again be served by World Champion Pastry Chef Laurent Branlard. For a full list of current menu offerings, visit their website.
“One of our favorite parts about this festival is showcasing our creativity and adding new experiences each year,” said Tony Porcellini, Director of Food and Beverage at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts. “Things that won’t change are the quality of our food and beverage selections and our vibrant street party atmosphere.”
The 2017 Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic offers guests unlimited tastings at more than 60 stations featuring culinary selections from the hotel’s award-winning restaurants and wine from more than 30 wineries amidst live entertainment on the hotel’s scenic causeway.
Also available this year are 11 educational seminars led by members of the resort’s award-winning food and beverage team. This year’s seminars include Italian wines, wine blending, Argentinian wines, beer, champagne, craft cocktails, Riesling, suhi and sake pairing, wine and cheese pairing, and pasta making. All seminars require separate tickets and admission is limited.
A new seminar this year, the Grand Tasting Experience, will be hosted by a master sommelier, as they highlight the unique Nebbiolo grape of Northern Italy. Master Sommelier Matthew Citriglia, one of 149 master sommeliers in the Americas, will showcase rare vintages from the Piedmont region. Tickets to this experience will be extremely limited.
Another new experience this year is the Bubbles Lounge, a secluded, fun area that will showcase sparkling beverages including sparkling wine and champagne, inspired by Lawrence Welk. Guests will receive an entrance ticket to the lounge upon check-in.
Upgraded ticket options allow guests access to a beer garden featuring a wide selection of craft beers and Oktoberfest-inspired cuisine. The event also features hands-on seminars with the hotel’s chefs and certified beverage experts (additional ticket required).
Overnight and multiple-night package options are available for the eighth-annual Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic and can be booked by phone at 1-888-828-8850. One-night packages start at $424, and include room accommodations and two tickets to the outdoor festival; two-night packages start at $824, and include room accommodations and two tickets to the outdoor festival for both nights (seminar tickets and beer garden tickets may be added for an additional fee).
Individual ticket options are also available for the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic and can be purchased online (pricing is inclusive of tax and service fees). Advance-purchase, event-only tickets to enjoy unlimited tastings on the causeway are $115 per person; Upgraded tickets, including unlimited tastings on the causeway and access to the beer garden, are $140 per person.
For the latest information about the event, visit SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com to view the 2017 food menu as well as book overnight packages and purchase tickets, and watch this episode of Attractions The Show for a look at last year’s Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic: