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Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hosts Food and Wine Classic Oct 31 and Nov 1

Some scenes from the Food and Wine Classic at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin.
Some scenes from the Food and Wine Classic at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin.
Barb Nefer

So you love the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, but you're wondering if there's a way to expand your horizons beyond the park. If you're visiting Halloween weekend, you need look no further than the Swan and Dolphin resort, which is just a quick stroll or boat ride away. The resort is hosting its annual Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic, a culinary event where delicious cuisine abounds and potables flow freely.

Click the slideshow accompanying this article for scenes from last year's Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic. You can get individual tickets to use at the food and drink booths, but you're much better off buying an all-inclusive wristband. That allows you to graze freely and enjoy as much food, wine, and beer as you can possibly consume in one evening. Some fans of the festival even buy admission for both nights to double their fun.

You can come over to Walt Disney World for the evening or book a special hotel package at the Swan and Dolphin. The official website has full details and prices. There's live entertainment, too, so it's a complete night of fun. Even if you're not staying at the Swan and Dolphin, it's easy to get to the resort via boat or bus. If you stay at Boardwalk or Yacht and Beach Club, you can walk right over.

If you want to kick things off early, sign up for one of the seminars on topics like wine, beer, pasta making, or cheese pairing. The pasta and cheese seminars are new, as is a debut offering on sushi and sake. As someone who's been to the wine seminars, I highly recommend booking one as the perfect way to start your evening. The libations flow freely at the seminar, so you'll be in a perfect mellow mood to enjoy the rest of the night.

Go to this article for a new way to enjoy the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival into the wee hours of the night this year with a special hard-ticketed after hours event.