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First look at the upcoming 9th Annual Food & Wine Classic at The Swan and Dolphin Resort

by Tharin White

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic will return for its ninth year Oct. 26 to 28. This three day events allows guests to enjoy more than 90 food and beverage stations, 10 seminars and five themed areas.

Wine Bottles

This year, the Swan and Dolphin has added a new Hawaiian Luau themed area, The Pig and The Poke. This area will be located on the resort’s beach area and will immerse guests in the Pacific theme with numerous tropical food offerings and live music. While there will be plenty of other options, here’s look at the two food offerings we were able to sample.

Tuna Poke

Tuna Poke – Hawaiian yellowfin tuna, Koho sushi rice, avocado relish and crispy fried wontons


Kalua Pork

Kalua Pork – Traditional Earth Baked Kalua Pork Steamed White Rice, Barrel Aged Tamari and Napa Cabbage


Along with the new offerings in The Pig and The Poke area, we were also able to sample some selections from other food stations like Chinatown, Carnival Corner, Cib’s Smoke Shop and Todd English.

Iberico Pork

Iberico Pork at Cid’s Smoke Shop – Roasted & Smoked Iberico Pork, Fennel Puree, Honey Caramelized Apple and Buttered Turnip


Yu Chen’s Crispy Duck at Chinatown – Duck, Steamed Bun, Cucumber and Hoisin


Lobster Roll at Todd English – Brown Butter Poached Maine Lobster, toasted brioche bun, lemon aioli and frisee


Funfetti Fried Oreo

Funfetti Fried Oreo Cookie at Carnival Corner – Oreo Cookie and dark chocolate ganache

These delicious offerings, along with more than 30 others, will be available throughout the course of the weekend. There will also be an extensive offering of wine, with more than 60 wineries being represented at the event. Ticket upgrades will also allow guests access into the Beer Garden, which will feature a wide selection of craft beer and Oktoberfest-inspired cuisine.


Sunday Bubbles Brunch

For those wishing to end the event with something special, there is a separately-ticketed event on Sunday called Sunday Bubbles Brunch with J Vineyards and Winery. This meal will offer a lavish menu of traditional and unconventional dishes like various cured meats and imported cheese along with an array of sushi and trattoria inspired entrees. This separately-ticketed brunch will cost $94 a person and will last from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Since it is separately-ticketed, it is not required to have attended the previous two days of the event to enjoy this brunch.


Food & Wine Classic - Live Entertainment

Along with the food and drink offerings, there will also be three different live musical performances in the Dolphin clamshell fountain. Epic will be performing modern dance, pop and party rock music. 501 Blue will be playing the top blues, soul and classic rock hits from the past 40 years. And, Atlantic City Boys will feature rock ‘n’ roll harmonies from the Beach Boys, Drifters, the BeeGees and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.


Seminars

For an additional $50, guests will be able to add on interactive seminars, like Craft Cocktails. This seminar, hosted by Ariel Bruckner, a certified sommelier and general manager of Bluezoo, will let guests learn the secrets of the perfect cocktail classic. Guests will be able to break down the components of drinks like the Old Fashioned, Wiskey Sour, Gin Fizz and Cosmopolitan, and learn how to recreate them at home.


Swan and Dolphin

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct 26, 2018. One full night of food and wine pairings costs $127, or $155 with the Beer Garden access added on. You can purchase tickets at Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic.

They also offer a-la-cart ticket booklets for $50 at the event. Each booklet contains 25 tickets and each item is between 2 to 6 tickets.

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