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Food & Wine Fun Outside of Epcot

Food & Wine Classic

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In addition to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, on Friday, October 28th and Saturday, October 29th from 5:30pm – 9:00pm you can also attend the Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic. Stroll the causeway and sample the offerings from the Swan and Dolphin’s award winning chefs and meet an all star line-up of award-winning chefs including Todd English, a celebrity chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author. You’ll also meet Robert Ciborowski, the executive chef of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort and Laurent Branlard the executive pastry chef for the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort.

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There will be a little something for everyone and the Food & Wine Classic booths. Each day there will be new dishes to try from pasta to sushi to vegetarian items. There will also be lots of desserts to choose from. You can check out the full menu at the official site.

Food & Wine Classic

Falafel – Chick Pea Fritter, Tahini, and Traditional Garnish

You can also sample fine wine, beer and spirits from around the world. There will be a certified sommeliers will be on hand as well to answer questions.

Beer Garden

The Beer Garden is on the tree-shaded Crescent Terrace you can travel around the world tasting local and seasonal brews. There will also be house-made “bar snacks” to pair with the beers available.

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Seminars begin at 4:30 pm and last approximately one hour. They can fill up fast so make sure you register ahead of time online. You can also attend three Food Pairing Experiences:

  • The Fine Art of Sushi and Sake – Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 4:00 p.m.
  • The Cheese Course – Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 2:30 p.m.
  • Pasta Making – Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 2:30 p.m.

There are also wine, beer, and mixology seminars available.


Causeway tickets allow you to stroll the causeway between the Swan and Dolphin hotels, tasting the offerings from the resort’s chefs, and enjoying live music. This year you can also add Beer Garden admission to your ticket. Causeway only tickets are $98.85 and causeway plus admission to the beer garden is $122.39 and they can be purchased online.

You can also purchase a La Carte ticket booklets containing 25 tickets. These will be available for purchase at the event for $50. Most of the offering at the Food & Wine classic will range from two to six tickets per item so the a la carte booklets are perfect if you only want to sample a few items.

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Room and ticket packages are also available. You can choose between a one-night package that includes two tickets to the event on the causeway Friday night and a two-night package that includes two tickets for the causeway event for Friday night as well as Saturday night. Just remember that if you choose to sign up for a seminar those tickets are sold separately.

New in 2016

Can’t get enough of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic? Join us at Il Mulino New York Trattoria on Sunday, October 30 for our first ever Sunday Bubbles Brunch with J Vineyards and Winery. From 10am – 2pm, this lavish brunch will feature traditional and not-so-traditional items, including a variety of cured meats, imported cheeses, an array of sushi and trattoria inspired entrees. A la carte options prepared to order by our award-winning chefs will also be available. One glass of champagne or specialty mimosa will be included in the menu price, along with the option to upgrade to bottomless champagne and mimosas at the time of seating. The Sunday Bubbles Brunch is just $75 and can be reserved online or by calling 888-828-8850.


For more Food & Wine Festival information check out these great posts from the Blogorail!

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  1. RoeMo326 on October 9, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    I have never heard of this but now it’s on my “must-do” list! The price is slightly steep but it seems like you get A LOT of bang for your buck. 
    Rosanne @ The Disney Point

  2. CapMagicalMem on September 28, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    I have always wanted to do this.  But if would definitely be a ‘no-kids’ weekend.  Or even a no spouse weekend.  😉

  3. Mickey_MDOD on September 24, 2014 at 8:51 am

    I had never heard of this until you mentioned it.  Thanks for sharing Melissa!  If you make it one year I’d love to hear all about it!

  4. disneyonwheels on September 23, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    LoriKetcherside I haven’t found any information about their food allergy procedures but I’ll keep looking.

  5. disneyonwheels on September 23, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    LisaDiDomenicoCameron We haven’t. We’re attending our first Mixology seminars at Food & Wine this year so maybe next time!

  6. disneyonwheels on September 23, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    HeidiPortzlineStrawser We were hoping to go for the first time this year but I think we’re going to have to postpone. It looks fun!

  7. disneyonwheels on September 23, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    adisneymom We haven’t attended yet but it does look like a lot of fun!

  8. disneyonwheels on September 23, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    camilledashana I’m not sure but I am guessing since it’s so close to Disney that they will probably have a few gluten free options.

  9. disneyonwheels on September 23, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Jenn Lissak We were hoping to attend this year for the first time but it’s looking like we’ll have to wait until next year.

  10. disneyonwheels on September 23, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    DawnCullo1 We are attending our first Mixology seminars this year. I can’t wait!

  11. Jenn Lissak on September 23, 2014 at 10:32 am

    I’ve heard Lou’s review of this festival in the past and it does sound awesome! Have you been to it or just share in the excitement?

  12. DawnCullo1 on September 22, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    What a great event, I never even knew it was available.  Have you done any of the mixology seminars before?

  13. camilledashana on September 21, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    This is very cool, my husband would love the beer garden. I’m with Lori, I see there are vegetarian options, I wonder if they will offer gluten-free choices? Either way, looks delicious!

  14. LoriKetcherside on September 19, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    I’ve heard about this but never headed over to try it. Do you know if they handle food allergies as well? The food looks excellent.

  15. DisneyMamaLin on September 18, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    I had NO IDEA this existed! What an awesome alternative or addition to the Epcot festival! Thank you so much for sharing!

  16. LisaDiDomenicoCameron on September 18, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    I never knew about this either. I wish we had more time to attend but it is definitely going on the to do list for another visit. Have you had the chance to participate in any of the seminars?

  17. FrontierlandSta on September 18, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    I had no idea about this event! I thought F&W was limited to Epcot only. How fun!

  18. HeidiPortzlineStrawser on September 18, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Never heard of it!  Sounds like a neat event.  Have you attended?

  19. adisneymom on September 17, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    WOW!  I had no idea this even existed!  Have you been before?  There is so much to do at F&W already, I’m not sure I’d want to spend the extra money on this, but it looks like a lot of fun!

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