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    • mskertes

      Registered: January 2009
      Posts: 4
      Review Date: Mon October 15, 2012 Would you recommend the product? No | | Rating: 6 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Great Selection of Wine; Great Music
      Cons: Way too many to list.

      Wife, myself and teenage daughter attended on October 12, 2012. (First Time to this event.) This is a "Wine" expo; at least 4 times as many wine booths as food booths. Very long lines from 6:00 to 8:00 PM for food. Not much interesting for a teenager to do. No beverage options for kids. Some foods were everything I expected, but others were too warm (Dragon Rolls); overcooked (Lamb Sliders) and too dry (Crab cakes.) However, the dessert booth, The Blue Zoo Shrimp shooters, and the Shula's 2 steak was outstanding. You only got your money's worth if you consumed it in wine. Rating was only this high due to outstanding service by wait staff and a few precious bites. We will do the EPCOT Food and Wine again and again, but not this.
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      Registered: June 2011
      Posts: 2
      Review Date: Sun October 23, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Food, Drinks, Seminars, Music, Party Atmosphere, Swan & Dolphin Personnel
      Cons: Communication, Sound Level

      My husband and I anticipated the 2nd Food & Wine Classic at the Swan and Dolphin since having such a great time at the 1st Food & Wine Classic last year.

      We were not disappointed (except in the weather – lots of rain and wind). Tony Porcellini (Director of Food and Beverage for Swan and Dolphin) and his crew outdid themselves! The weather cooperated for a while the first night to allow all of us to enjoy the beautiful causeway area. There were more booths this year and the food and wine were great. My personal favorite is the Shrimp Steamrollers from the Bluezoo booth. Also, the mini desserts were beautiful and scrumptious.
      The next day was rainy and windy all day, so the party went inside the Swan to the ballroom area – plenty of room with many of the wine booths in the hall areas and the huge ballroom area was set up with the stage for the entertainment, a large seating area and lots of food and drink booths.
      The entertainment was much better this year – four different groups, all very good. My only complaint was the sound level – much too loud.
      On Friday we attended the Modern Mixology Seminar. Although it was interesting, we did not enjoy it as much as the Blending and Riesling Seminars we attended last year. On Saturday we attended the Spanish Wine Seminar and it was great – the instructor, Maria Marcano, is knowledgeable, enthusiastic and charming. I am looking forward to shopping for some Spanish wines after learning more about them and tasting them.
      The only disappointment was the lack of communication regarding the venues for the seminars. Last year they were held in the Dolphin, and not hearing anything different, we spent a lot of time wandering around. After asking at the front desk and learning that they were to be held in the Swan, we headed over there and were quite confused by signs pointing to different areas and being directed by personnel to go outside to sign up when we should have been heading to the conference room area. I feel that we should have been given some information on check-in (we did sign up for these seminars at the time we reserved our “package” a couple of months earlier). The package deal with room, seminar and causeway party was a real steal the first year and a decent deal this year.
      We were, however, very impressed both years with the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff at this resort complex. As my husband says “they really outDisney Disney”. We also enjoyed meeting Deb Wills – we have enjoyed her web site for so many years, and getting Todd English’s autograph on his new cookbook. I am certainly looking forward to next year’s “Classic.”
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