Celebrity Chef Todd English Headlines Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

One of our favorite resorts at Walt Disney World is the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin due to its proximity to two theme parks and reasonable pricing.  Previously, I wrote about how the Dolphin Fountain is a hidden ice cream gem, and that’s not the only spectacular food find on property.  Each fall Epcot, one theme park within walking distance of the Swan/Dolphin, stages the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival – one of the largest foodie events in the world.  The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic is also held on the causeway between the two hotels one weekend of the Epcot event’s run.  The Swan/Dolphin event has proven an incredibly popular add on to the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, and it’s worth timing your trip to take advantage of the seminars, tastings, and music.  Continue reading for more details from the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort’s press release.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

From Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin’s press release

The culinary team at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel is gearing up for the annual Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic, October 18 – 19, 2013.

Back for its fourth year, the event presents the perfect opportunity for everyone – from novices to enthusiasts – to savor the flavor of culinary innovation at this two-night outdoor evening festival hosted along the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel’s lush causeway.

WDW Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

Guests can enjoy the delights of numerous food and wine stations; immerse themselves in food and wine education seminars; meet the masters behind the culinary magic and take in some live entertainment at the same time.

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.

In addition to sampling all things savory and sweet, guests will be able to purchase featured wines on site and other event merchandise.

New to the educational lineup is a pasta-making seminar hosted by hotel executive chef Robert Ciborowski.  Guests will learn to make pasta dough from scratch and assist with the creation of specialty pastas.  The wine education tract will feature a new Italian wine class, where guests will learn the history of Italian wine and its influence on culture and cuisine.  Returning beverage seminars include modern mixology, sake, beer, wine-blending, champagne, Riesling and Spanish wines.  The seminars are led by the hotel’s certified culinary and beverage experts.

Il Mulino - Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin

While enjoying live entertainment and enticing 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.

With 17 restaurants and lounges, a distinguished culinary and beverage team and unmatched customer service, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel continually receives national recognition for its food and beverage program.  The hotel boasts more than 70 certified wine sommeliers and 1,400 wine selections, including organic and rare vintages.  The hotel’s restaurants are annual winners of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence including Shula’s Steak House, a three-time recipient of the exclusive Best of Award of Excellence.

Tickets to the Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic are available as part of a hotel package or individually. For more information or to book, please visit www.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com or call 1-800-227-1500.

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About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.