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Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort’s Food & Wine Classic Adding Hawaii Luau Themed Area “The Pig and the Poke” for 2018

Hi everyone!

It is hard to believe that the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort’s 2018 Food & Wine Classic is now 5 months away, the year is moving quickly! This is my favorite foodie event each year, with a wonderful variety of food items to sample from the two hotels, including Shula’s and Todd English’s bluezoo – plus a lot of wine and beer samples and more. In the last few years, the event has been adding more themed areas, including Chinatown, Carnival Corner and The Bubble Lounge. New for 2018 is a new area called The Pig and The Poke, featuring Hawaiian decor and food favorites. The press release is below.  One of my favorite aspects of the event is that the detailed menus go up really early for planning, you can see the menus here for the event for both Friday and Saturday nights in addition to The Pig and The Poke! Buy tickets early, this event does sell out and is held rain or shine (it is held inside if it rains). Read below for more information!


All photos courtesy of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – May 9, 2018 – An all-new Hawaiian luau themed area will debut at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort’s 2018 Food & Wine Classic on Oct. 26 – Oct. 28, taking guests on a culinary journey to the Pacific from the resort’s private beach. 

The new area, named The Pig and The Poke, will feature Hawaiian décor along with several food favorites of the island state including:

  • Traditional Earth Baked Kalua Pork with steamed white rice, barrel aged tamari and Napa cabbage
  • Tuna Poke featuring Hawaiian yellowfin tuna, sushi rice, avocado relish and crispy fried wontons
  • Finely Shaved Ice in a variety of tropical flavors: guava, pineapple, coconut cream, passion fruit, lychee, kiwi and mango

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Executive Chef Robert Ciborowski drew upon his years of living and working in Kapalua, Hawaii as inspiration for the dishes.  

The Pig and The Poke will join the event’s returning themed areas which offer specialty cuisine in immersive atmospheres: Carnival Corner, Chinatown, Bubble Lounge and a Beer Garden.  Access to The Pig and Poke is included in the standard ticket price.  

Fans can visit www.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com to view the complete food menu for the 2018 event taking place Friday, Oct. 26, through Sunday, Oct. 28, as well as purchase tickets and overnight packages.

The Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic offers guests unlimited tastings at more than 60 stations featuring culinary selections from the hotel’s award-winning restaurants and wine from more than 30 wineries amidst a festive backdrop of live entertainment on the hotel’s scenic causeway. Upgraded ticket options allow guests to enjoy access to a beer garden featuring a wide selection of craft beers and Oktoberfest-inspired cuisine. The event also includes hands-on seminars with the hotel’s chefs and certified beverage experts as well as a Sunday Bubbles Brunch.

Overnight and multiple-night package options are available for the ninth-annual Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic and can be booked by phone at 1-888-828-8850.

About the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

In the heart of the Walt Disney World Resort, the award-winning Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort resides amongst the greatest theme parks and attractions in Central Florida. The resort recently completed a $150 million transformation, the largest in the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort’s history. It is located between Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and nearby Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park and Magic Kingdom Park. Guests can discover 17 world-class restaurants and lounges, sophisticated guest rooms with Westin Heavenly Beds and the luxurious Mandara Spa. The resort features five pools, two health clubs, tennis, nearby golf, complimentary transportation throughout the Walt Disney World Resort, the extended park hours benefit, where each day, one of the four Walt Disney World theme parks is open extra time for guests to enjoy select attractions (Valid theme park admission and Resort ID required) and Disney FastPass+ service, where guests can reserve up to three select theme park experiences up to 60 days in advance of their visit. The resort can be reached at 800-227-1500. For more information, visit www.swandolphin.com and connect with the resort via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.