Four Foods (and One Drink) We Can’t Wait to Devour at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic!

It’s very nearly time for the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic happening November 8 and 9, 2019, and we’re excited see what the tenth year of this food festival has in store.

2018 Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

This year, the Food & Wine Classic brings 97 food and beverage stations, six themed areas, and ten food and beverage seminars to the Causeway and adjacent spaces. And today we got a tiny glimpse (and taste) of what the nine represented restaurants of the Swan and Dolphin resorts have in store for guests.

We’ve assembled our favorites of the day here in our list of four foods and one drink we can’t wait to devour at the Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic!

Shula’s Roasted Angus Beef Tenderloin

We’re starting with a taste from Shula’s Steak House. This spot is known for its classic steak house vibe, where meats are meaty and sides are awesome. For the Food & Wine Classic, Shula’s is offering (among other things) Roasted Angus Beef Tenderloin.

Shula’s Roasted Angus Beef Tenderloin

The tenderloin is served up with Idaho mashed potatoes, caramelized mushrooms, and bordelaise sauce.

Roasted Angus Beef Tenderloin

The mashed potatoes were smooth and flavorful, and the meat was fantastic. This is a dish worth stopping multiple times for.

Roasted Angus Beef Tenderloin

Garden Grove’s Maryland Style Crab Cake Slider

Garden Grove is offering a Maryland Style Crab Cake Slider with Old Bay remoulade on toasted brioche.

Maryland Style Crab Cake Slider

We loved the simplicity of this sandwich — but the freshness of the crab and overall combination of flavors were the real showstoppers.

Maryland Style Crab Cake Slider

Yeah, we’re going to need a couple more of these, too.

Maryland Style Crab Cake Slider

Il Mulino’s Organic Kabocha Squash Filled Ravioli

Il Mulino’s New York Trattoria is known for its excellence in pasta-making, so it’s no surprise that the restaurant’s Organic Kabocha Squash Filled Ravioli was a big hit.

Il Mulino’s Organic Kabocha Squash Filled Ravioli

This vegetarian dish is served with pumpkin and sage gremolata, pumpkin crema, and pecorino cheese.

Organic Kabocha Squash Filled Ravioli

The flavors of fall are strong here, and they don’t lose their brightness or freshness.

Organic Kabocha Squash Filled Ravioli

Fresh Takes on Plant-Based Dishes

Our last food item is a pair of vegan dishes (yeah, we cheated on our own list) that we thought added a lot of lightness to the offerings. The first is Vegan Pho from Fresh Mediterranean Market.

Fresh Mediterranean Market Vegan Pho

Vegan broth serves as a conduit for rice noodles, bok choy, carrot, and bamboo shoot. Hoisin and sriracha bring some savoriness and heat.

Vegan Pho

And at the Classic’s newest area, Hang 10, the Hearts of Palm Ceviche brings some interesting ingredients to the table (literally).

Hang 10’s Hearts of Palm Ceviche

The dish consists of hearts of palm, lime juice, Bermuda onion, bell pepper, and chili peppers. It’s got a bit of heat and loads of freshness. The lime juice brightens everything up, and we think folks will appreciate this dish in a sea of heavy, savory bites.

Vegan Hearts of Palm Ceviche

Phins & Feathers Pale Ale (with Seasonal Option!)

As for what we’ll be drinking, we already know and love the signature Phins & Feathers Pale Ale that’s served in the resorts, but the Classic will introduce a seasonal option.

Phins & Feathers Pale Ale

Available only on draft at the Classic and in the resorts for a limited time, the seasonal Phins & Feathers incorporates citrus for a refreshing twist.

Seasonal Phins & Feathers

If you’re looking to plan your visit to the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic, check out the menus here. And if you’re not sure which food festival is right for you, we’ve got a take on the Classic vs. Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival here!

Are you a devotee of the Food & Wine Classic? Heading there for the first time? Let us know what you think about this celebration of food and drink in the comments below!

Disclosure: We were invited by Walt Disney World to attend a media preview for the Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic. This did not affect our reporting of the event — our opinions are our own.

Sarah is a former high school English teacher, mom of three, and a (nearly) life-long writer. She's worked with AllEars.net since 2018 and loves sharing the Disney magic with AllEars.net readers.

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