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This Food and Wine Event Is Disney’s Best-Kept Culinary Secret

Theme Parks Food + Drink
by Eben Diskin Oct 16, 2018

Walt Disney World is known for many things. There’s still one thing that’s flown under the radar for years, however: the Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic. The festival is one of Disney’s can’t-miss events for food, wine, beer, and cocktail connoisseurs, and it’s currently in its ninth year. This year’s event will be held from October 26th to the 27th and will feature 90 booths where guests can try food from around the world and sip drinks from the beer garden.

Located at the Swan and Dolphin Resort, just past Disney’s Beach Club and Yacht Club hotels, the property’s private beach will be transformed into a tropical getaway with live music and Hawaiian-themed Kalua pork, tuna poke, and shaved ice. Samples from Disney World’s most upscale restaurants will also be available, including Il Mulino New York Trattoria, Shula’s Steak House, and more.

If you want to learn about what you’re consuming rather than simply indulge, ticketed seminars will be offered on subjects ranging from wine blending to pasta making. And for $85 per person, you can make the weekend last a little longer with a Sunday Bubbles Brunch in the Il Mulino restaurant. A spread of meats, cheeses, sushi, and dishes like saltimbocca and lobster Benedict will be served. Of course, no brunch is complete without the option of ordering endless mimosas.

The event is held from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM with seminars generally starting an hour earlier at 4:30 PM. If you need another excuse to head to Orlando that weekend, the Homestead Harvest at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando is also happening on the 26th, with award-winning chefs hosting a dinner dedicated to sustainable food practices.

The Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic is open to the public and does not require park admission. Wristbands for unlimited food and drink are available here, starting at $119 per person.

H/T: Food & Wine

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