Anticipation… Swan & Dolphin Food & Wine Classic 2013

This event is TOPS in our wish-list for the Epcot Food & Wine Seasons… We’ve been to the Swan & Dolphin Food & Wine Classic every evening that it’s been in existence… That’s Friday and Saturday night in 2010, ditto 2011, and ditto 2012. And guess what nora did each night…

She went to Chad Lobner‘s Sake Class (2010, 2011, and 2012)!!! Nick went to all but one, because on Saturday night in 2012 he went to the Beer Please class with Calvin (here).

We also partook of some fabulous food (and some just okay food)… in 2010, in 2011 Friday and Saturday (Friday night’s noshings were cut short by a big ol’ rainstorm), and in 2012


In 2010 we were particularly impressed with the tuna nachos…


Sushi from Kimono’s … Friday night 2011 (we ate a lot of this!)


Cib’s Smoked Pork Belly… Saturday night 2011! This was DELISH! And everyone seemed to be avoiding it, more for us!

More calamari - this time with tentacles

Calamari with tentacles – Food & Wine Classic 2012

Why is this so much fun? Why should you do everything in your power to get to the Swan & Dolphin Food & Wine Classic?

The first year, we went with Calvin and Kate one night and by ourselves one night. It was so delightful to share the weekend with good friends! In fact, it was so much fun that we’ve gone with Calvin and Kate on at least one night of the Food & Wine Classic every year since (they’re taking a miss this year, schedules conflict). In 2012, we had a huge group on Saturday night: Calvin & Kate, Asta & Mrs Asta, and one of our favorite bartenders and his cousin. Great fun!

This year, our friends K2 (see some our past escapades: breakfast at Kouzzina’s, Wild Africa Trek 1, 2, 3, 4, Thanksgiving Day and Thanksgiving at Raglan Road) are going with us both nights. On Friday night we’re all going to Chad’s “All Things Sake!” class (and our friend B is joining us) and then on Saturday night we’re going to the new Pasta Class. We’re really excited to do this event again.

The prices for the amount of food and alcohol at your disposal is a fantastic bargin compared to the food booths inside Epcot (shhh, don’t want to say that too loudly and cause a price increase; but just saying…) – you can buy a single causeway pass per person and your little wristband gets you as many samples and refills as you want (or as your tolerance for waiting in line will permit).

Not only is the Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic a better value for your dollar – the food, even when we’ve said it’s only average, tends on the whole to be far superior to the food at the Epcot booths (again, don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, just being honest!).

So, please take some time to look around the website they’ve set up for this year… The classes have always been great (yes, friends have attended more than All Things Sake, so we have other opinions to base this on :))… The menus look fabulous and we’d love to see you there.


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