Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic Returns Nov. 10-11, 2023 With New Themed Areas and More Food and Drink

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic will celebrate its eighth year October 27-28, 2017 with new dishes and themed areas.

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic will return Friday, Nov. 10 and Saturday, Nov. 11 as the largest version ever, offering more food and beverage selections than any time in the event’s 14 years.

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Food/Drink

Tasting booths will extend along the resort’s causeway, private lake and private beach, allowing guests to sip and savor more than 25 food offerings from the resort’s award-winning restaurants and over 200 wine, beer and spirits samplings from around the globe.

New dishes on the 2023 menu include:

  • Red chile chicken taco with avocado, tomatillo, pico de gallo and queso fresco on corn tortillas from Rosa Mexicano
  • Smoked American Lamb: Hand crafted lamb, smoked cumin and harissa barbeque sauce, roasted black pepper and date puree and pickled mustard greens from Smokin’ D’s BBQ specialty area
  • Gorgonzola cheese filled agnolotti with spiced pear, walnuts, nasturtium and ‘Nduja vinaigrette from Il Mulino
  • Tonnarelli Pasta: House-made tonnarelli pasta, steamed baby clams, roasted tomato sauce, Calabrian chili and guanciale from Amare
  • Congee: Slow-cooked rice porridge, shrimp dumpling, fried shallot, green onion, garlic, and crispy chili flakes from Chinatown specialty area
swan and dolphin food and wine classic: Red chile chicken taco
Red chile chicken taco

Returning favorites include:

  • Roasted Linz heritage black angus beef tenderloin with potato puree, pearl onion, Dijon mustard and cognac sauce from Shula’s Steak House
  • Signature classic guacamole en molcajete with fresh tortilla chips and roasted tomato salsa from Rosa Mexicano
  • Crispy cauliflower with sweet and spicy Thai chili sauce shoyu from the Beer Garden
  • Dragon roll: Crispy shrimp, yellowfin tuna, Haas avocado and kewpie mayonnaise from Kimonos
  • Baked ricotta cheese, carrot two ways, radish, tomato, and pine nut “gremolata” from Il Mulino
swan and dolphin food and wine classic: Dragon roll
Dragon roll

All-new dessert options will include:

  • Triple Chocolate Cherry Ring Flambé with Kirschwasser chocolate sauce and caramelized sesame ice cream
  • Pear Pecan Praline Cake with black fig compote
  • Blood Orange and Raspberry Tart
  • Wild Strawberry Éclair
  • 70% Single Origin Peruvian Chocolate Mousse with mango and passion fruit gel

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Themed Areas

This year’s event will even offer two new themed areas:

For the Love of Florida will brighten guests’ taste buds as it celebrates local cuisine and ingredients with flavors of the Sunshine State. Dishes will include:

  • Seminole Pumpkin Fry Bread with powdered sugar and warm pumpkin spice sauce
  • Grilled Florida Oysters with housemade kumquat hot sauce and shallot butter
  • Butter Poached Bay Scallops with Florida corn puree, charred scallion vinaigrette, radish threads and shallot butter
swan and dolphin food and wine classic: scallops
Butter Poached Bay Scallops

The Rosé Room will transport guests to a tranquil garden party, complete with topiaries, roses and classical-style covers of modern-day hits. The Rosé Room will serve various selections of rosé amidst a pink color palette perfect for sipping – whether still or sparkling.

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Seminars

The popular interactive seminars return this year, perfect for those who want to learn more about what they eat and drink.

Taught by members of the resort’s award-winning food and beverage team. This year’s classes include: “Craft Cocktails,” “Wine Blending,” “Pasta Making,” “It’s Better to Wine in Italian (Italian Wines),” “Base to Bubbles (Champagne),” and “Beer, Please!”

5th Annual Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic - Bordeaux Wine Blending
My blending work station; Me with my final blend

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Upgraded Experiences

Guests looking to enhance their evening can upgrade their experience with two VIP options:

The Grand Tasting: Guests will be led through a journey of elite wines curated by Master Sommelier John?Blazon, paired with a custom chef’s table menu from the resort’s Executive Chef Dan Herman. The experience takes place on Saturday, Nov. 11, beginning with a welcome reception at 2pm. Cost is $425 per person.

VIP Dessert & Champagne Party: This limited-space dessert and champagne reception offers guests the opportunity to experience fireworks viewing and more at the Swan Reserve’s 15th-floor private event space, The Vue, which offers floor-to-ceiling views of all Walt Disney World theme parks. The resort’s pastry team teamed up with its certified sommeliers to pair incredible champagnes and sparkling wines with delectable desserts. The experience takes place on Saturday, Nov. 11 from 8:30-10pm. Cost is $150 per person.

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

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Charity Benefactor

New in 2023, since this year’s event falls over Veterans Day, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin has partnered with the charity Friends of Fisher House Orlando, who will receive a charitable contribution from the event. Orlando Fisher House provides free accommodations for military and veteran families while a loved one is receiving medical treatment.

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Event and Ticket Information

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic offers guests unlimited tastings of more than 25 dishes and over 200 beverage offerings, featuring culinary selections from the hotel’s award-winning restaurants amidst a festive backdrop of live entertainment on the hotel’s scenic causeway, from 5:30-9pm each night. Tickets are $185 per person, per evening.

There will also be live entertainment to enjoy.

Interactive educational seminars highlighting wine, whiskey, beer, pasta and more will take place prior to the causeway event both days, and are a separate ticketed item.

Seminar tickets, event tickets, weekend packages that include hotel stays, and more information can be found at SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com.

swan and dolphin food and wine classic: causeway

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida, and is head editor/writer at TheDisneyBlog.com. She's lived in Orlando near Walt Disney World since 1995, and still finds there's so much fun to be had in Central Florida.
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