One of our most anticipated events of every year is the Food & Wine Classic held around Halloween every year at the Swan and Dolphin Resorts near EPCOT. The event was canceled last year due to the public health emergency, but the resort vowed to be back with more events in the future.
Now, in 2021, the Swan and Dolphin has announced that the popular outdoor festival will return. And the good news is you don’t have to wait until October to enjoy the tasty bites and savor the wine; for the first time, ever there will be a spring edition.
Circle April 17 on your calendar, then secure a ticket to reserve your spot as there will be limited attendance at the spring event.
While the number of booths will be reduced, as at previous events there will be unlimited food and beverage tastings plus live music to enjoy.
The event will offer culinary selections from the hotel’s award-winning restaurants as well as wine samplings from around the world and a selection of other beverages, all amidst a festive backdrop of live entertainment. As a limited-ticket event, guests will be able to socially distance themselves throughout the resort’s expansive, spacious and scenic outdoor spaces.
The event, taking place 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., will feature several themed stations including the Beer Garden, Chinatown and the luau-inspired The Pig & Poke. In total, there will be 12 food stations, including dessert from executive pastry chef and world pastry champion Laurent Branlard and more than 50 beverage selections.
Menu highlights include:
- Sweet & smokey St. Louis style smoked ribs with macaroni & cheese from Executive Chef Dan Herman’s Smokin’ D’s BBQ
- Salt roasted prime NY strip loin with roasted marble potatoes, onion purée and truffle veal jus from Shula’s Steak House
- Vegetarian bao filled with glazed savory jackfruit, green onion, and ginger served in Chinatown themed area
- Shrimp & Grits with sautéed Gulf shrimp, buttered white corn grits and tasso ham gravy from Todd English’s bluezoo
Due to limited attendance requirements, tickets are only available to those 21 years of age or older. Event-only tickets are $125 per person.
What about safety?
The Swan and Dolphin has guest safety at the top of the list for this event. Among the protocols implemented for the event are: Temperature checks for all attending guests; plexiglass walls for all food service areas; all cast members wearing PPE; socially distanced stations; touchless menus and clearly marked social distancing signage.
Face coverings will be required for all guests, including those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine, and must be worn at all times, except when dining. You can remove face coverings while actively eating or drinking but must be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing.
We’re also excited to learn that the fall event will be back as well. Mak Oct 29 & 30 down for the fall edition of the Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic. More information to come.
Overnight packages and tickets for the Spring Event are now on sale at www.FoodandWineClassic.com.