October 30 & 31, 2015
Whether you’re seeking to delve into the details of wine blending or just looking for a few good eats, you’re sure to find a culinary experience you’ll enjoy. Appropriately taking place at the home of extraordinary culinary talent, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin showcases a passion for food and beverage. Conveniently taking place during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and located just a short walk from Epcot, this event offers foodies the ideal opportunity to continue their culinary experience while enjoying the festivities at Epcot.
This two-night event is held at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel, with chefs from the hotel’s 17 award-winning restaurants and lounges. Stroll the causeway on Crescent Lake immersed in a culinary festival with live music and over 30 different tasting stations from restaurants such as Il Mulino New York Trattoria, Todd English’s bluezoo, and more.
Beverage stations will offer mini-learning experiences and feature offerings such as wine, sake and beer. Those looking for a more in-depth experience can choose from a variety of hour-long beverage seminars taught by certified wine sommeliers and beer and cocktail specialists from the hotel’s team. Attendees will learn drink origins, pairing tips and enjoy an informative tasting experience.
This event is open to the general public, so regardless of where you are staying, at the Swan or Dolphin Resort or at a Disney-owned resort, you can still purchase causeway event tickets, seminar tickets or even a la carte tickets and have a great evening.
2015 Annual Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic Information
Causeway Food & Wine Tasting
Stroll the causeway on Crescent Lake to immerse in a culinary festival with live music and over 30 different tasting stations from the resort’s award-winning restaurants and lounges. This event will take place from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. both evenings on October 31 and November 1.
Causeway only tickets are $98.85 inclusive per person
Causeway tickets include as much food & beverage as you care to sample on a single day of the event, and it’s all paid for in advance with your ticket!
Causeway & Beer Garden tickets are $117.67 inclusive per person
Causeway tickets include as much food & beverage as you care to sample and Beer Garden admission on a single day of the event, and it’s all paid for in advance with your ticket!
A La Carte tickets will be available for purchase at the event. A La Carte ticket booklets containing 25 tickets will be available for purchase at the event at a cost of $50. These tickets are perfect for those with a lighter appetite and for young children. Offerings range from two to six tickets per item.
Of course, the food and drink will be exceptional, but the Swan and Dolphin will also offer live entertainment performing in the famous Dolphin clamshell fountain on both evenings.
In addition to the Classic Event on the Causeway, participants may chose to purchase an additional ticket for one of the following Educational Seminars. Causeway tickets and seminar tickets each sold separately. All seminars take place at either 4:00 or 4:30 p.m. on October 31 and November 19.
Seminar tickets range from $42.40 to $56.51 per person
Food Pairing Experiences – $56.51 per person
The Fine Art of Sushi and Sake – Fri. Oct. 30, 2015 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
The art of sushi combined with the masterful brewing of Japanese sake will take you on short trip to Japan. This course will provide the guest with the ability to identify quality sushi and further make informed decisions on sake pairing, typical flavor profiles, and styles when purchasing sake.
Instructors: Chef Robert Ciborowski, Complex Executive Chef
Chad Lobner, Certified Sake Expert, Assistant Director of Restaurants
The Cheese Course – Sat. Oct. 31, 2015 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Experience the nuances of the many different styles of cheese and how they are a natural match to the rich and varied options of Port wine. An homage to fromage, this class will offer a unique look at wine and cheese pairing.
Instructors: Chef Arnaud Violtat, Executive Sous Chef
Chad Lobner, Certified Sake Expert, Assistant Director of Restaurants
Pasta Making With Chef Cib – Sat. Oct. 31, 2015 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Experience the art of Pasta Making with Chef Robert Ciborowski, our Executive Chef and culinary mastermind behind the Food & Wine classic! Interact with key members of our culinary team while assisting with the preparation of 3 different specialty pastas, learn how to prepare pasta dough from scratch, take this opportunity to acquire Grandma Cib’s family recipe for potato gnocchi. Enjoy your pasta with a glass of wine from our Chef’s home state of California!
Instructor: Chef Robert Ciborowski, Complex Executive Chef
Beer & Wine Seminars – $42.40
Wine Blending Seminar – Fri. Oct. 30, 2015 4:30 p.m. and Sat. Oct. 31, 2015 4:30 p.m.
Swan and Dolphin certified sommeliers believe there is no better way to truly learn about wine than to taste it! During this hands-on seminar, we will break down the components of barrel samples while discussing the origins of the wine, review the plush varieties of grapes, and take a step-by-step look at the delicate wine making process. The real fun begins with an opportunity to blend your very own meritage! Become more adventurous and knowledgeable about the art of wine and always purchase the right bottle for any occasion.
Instructor: Tony Porcellini
Certified Sommelier / Director of Food & Beverage
Italian Wines – Fri. Oct. 30, 2015 4:30 p.m. and Sat. Oct. 31, 2015 4:30 p.m.
Take a journey with through the three main wine regions of Italy. This class will showcase the passion Italians have for their wine and how they are influenced by their food! Experience the history of the wines and how they have evolved to the modern palate without compromising their Italian traditions!
Instructor: Kristian LaPlante
Certified Sommelier / Director of Restaurants
Base to Bubbles – Sat. Oct. 31, 2015 4:30 p.m.
Learn the basics of champagne, including the importance of the grapes, land, climate, and viticulture to the process. Be introduced to the five key regions of Champagne and the different champagne styles in all areas of the world. Hone sight, smell and taste as we finish with a blind champagne tasting.
Instructor: Olivier Zambaux
Certified Sommelier / Assistant Director of Banquets
Beer, Please! – Fri. Oct. 30, 2015 4:30 p.m.
Does your beer knowledge start with “Bud” and end with “weiser”? Expand your beer horizons with micro brews and craft beers from around the world. Discover the process behind different brews and their impact on the food and beverage industry during the past few years as well as future trends. After completing a lesson on the brewing process, enjoy a personal tasting of the multiple styles of beer and perfect food pairings for any meal.
Instructor: Brian Exner
B.A.R. Certified, Certified Sommelier / General Manager of Il Mulino
Instructor: DJ Robertson
B.A.R. Certified, Certified Sommelier / Food and Beverage Purchasing Manager
Spirits Seminars – $42.40 per person
Modern Mixology – Fri. Oct. 30, 2015 4:30 p.m. and Sat. Oct. 31, 2015 4:30 p.m.
Learn the science behind the Swan and Dolphin’s mixologists’ methods as they play with aromas, temperature and texture. They apply the same concepts as some of the world’s most innovative chefs – Ferran Adria, Jose Andres, and Thomas Keller – to create our unconventional libations. They’ll balance out your experience in this course with tasty treats from our bluezoo chefs’ culinary laboratory. Impress guests at your next social gathering with these clever cocktail tips!
Instructor: Lindsay Skillman
B.A.R. Certified, Certified Sommelier / Assistant Director of Restaurants
Sheraton Boston Hotel
Caipirinha’s! – Sat. Oct. 31, 2015 4:30 p.m.
Life is more fun in Brazil, why you ask?! Learn about the libation behind Carnival, the difference between Cachaca and Rum, and the history of this tropical drink! You might think you have tried a Caipirinha (how the heck do you say that anyways?!) in the past, but in this class, you’ll be making the TRUE version with our very own resident Brazilian, Tatiana DeCastro! Once you’ve mastered the traditional cocktail, we’ll add in some special twists so you can impress your friends with your expert cocktail knowledge at your next party
Instructor: Tatiana DeCastro
Certified Sommelier / Catering Sales Manager
TQU: Tequila University – Fri. Oct. 30, 2015 4:30 p.m.
Welcome to TQU: Tequila University where we will share the magic of tequila with you through the eyes of our passionate instructor, Luciano Sperduto. Through your journey, you will learn about different styles of tequila, the making of a margarita and the artisans who have built a culture around their love for crafting the world’s finest Mexican products.
Instructor: Luciano Sperduto
B.A.R. Certified, Certified Sommelier / Assistant Director of Food & Beverage
For the latest information on the Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic, visit the Swan and Dolphin web site.