I think this is a really smart thing. The Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Hotels, which usually sit over to the side during the six weeks of Epcot’s International Food & Wine festival, unable to beat ‘em has decided to join ‘em. This weekend, Oct. 8 and 9, the hotels are offering their own little festival, called the Food & Wine Classic. Here are some of the details as presented by the Swan and Dolphin’s pressers:
“Each evening will feature beverage seminars and a culinary festival with live music and tastings from the hotel’s award-winning restaurants and lounges.
“Guests have the opportunity to choose from six hands-on beverage classes taught by certified wine sommeliers and beer and cocktail specialists from the hotel’s team. Attendees will learn about their topic of choice - ranging from a wine-blending seminar to a sake hour - through watching, listening, touching and of course, tasting!
“Immediately following the lessons, guests can wander the causeway while being serenaded by live musicians and savoring numerous tasty offerings. The food samplings will include “Steamrollers,” a creative take on molecular cuisine, from celebrity chef venue Todd English’s bluezoo; “Pick Your Own Filet” from Shula’s Steak House; a simple yet flavorful hand-crafted pasta from Il Mulino New York Trattoria and more. Each day of the event will feature a different selection of food.
“Beverage stations will offer mini-learning experiences and feature offerings such as wine, sake, beer and cocktails using liquid nitrogen. Finally, guests can delight in a selection of desserts from the only two-time World Pastry Champion, Laurent Branlard, the hotel’s executive pastry chef.
“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 features more than 70 certified wine sommeliers and 1,400 wine selections, including organic and rare vintages, plus tastes from unique regions such as Greece, Turkey and Israel.”
It sounds like a nice complement to the goings-on at Epcot. Can’t wait to see how it plays out. If you’re out there Friday or Saturday, wander over and take a look.
Here are some more details:
What: Food & Wine Classic at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
Who: Food & Wine Enthusiasts
When: Friday, Oct. 8 and Saturday, Oct. 9
4:30pm – 5:30pm – Beverage Classes
5:30pm – 9:30pm – Tasting Stations Open on Causeway
Where: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel
1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
-One and two night packages are available starting at $169 per night and include a beverage seminar for two plus unlimited food and beverage samplings
- Advance purchase event-only tickets are available for $50 and include one seminar and unlimited food and beverage samples on the causeway
-Food and wine samplings also can be purchased a la carte on the day of event. Tickets are $2 each or 25 tickets for $45; or a bracelet for $50 which allows unlimited food and beverage samples can be purchased.
For tickets and more information, visit SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com