Food and Wine Access

Festival and Event Guide

  Michael Reiss, Editor, Food and Wine Access

Diane Sukiennik, Associate Editor, Food and Wine Access

Although there is no one definitive list of Food and Wine Festivals, you can check with the Chamber of Commerce or a hotel concierge in the area you are planning to visit for information on what's happening. Some of the editors' favorites include:


Events in January:

•Yosemite National Park Chef's Holidays” - California. An impressive list of chefs conduct seminars and classes during this month long homage to fine food. From grand banquets to informal demonstrations, there is something for everyone. 209-252-4848

•ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates and Producers)” - San Francisco. The world's largest Zinfandel tasting includes over 60 California wineries. 800-600-9086

Events in February:

•The Masters of Food & Wine" - Highlands Inn, Carmel, Calif. Superstars of the culinary and wine world! This important event takes place at the Park Hyatt Carmel, an elegant and magical setting facing the Pacific Ocean! 800 401 1009 or visit: www.mfandw.com

•South Beach Wine & Food Festival- Miami Beach, Florida. This exciting event has some of the world’s greatest culinary superstars and wine and spirits personalities, all of whom will converge in South Beach for three glorious days of non-stop food and wine indulgence! 305-460-6563 / 877-762-3933
or visit: www.sobewineandfoodfest.com .

•The Boston Wine Expo” - More than 300 international and domestic wineries offer tastings. Culinary discussions and demonstrations and samplings compliment the wine experience. 800-544-1660

•Newport Seafood and Wine Festival” - the original and largest event in the Pacific Northwest Newport, Oregon Highlights the top wine from Oregon, Washington and California along with local seafood tastings. 503-265-8801

•The Cincinnati International Wine Festival” – Ohio. Over 100 wineries from around the world are represented. Special dinners, cooking classes, food and wine seminars and a live auction are scheduled. 513-241-3434

•Palm Beach Int’l Food and Wine Fair” – Florida. Vintners, distillers, food surveyors, and acclaimed chefs. 561-220-2690

Events in March:

Boca Bacchanal: Boca Raton, Fl. Annual weekend festival featuring winemaker dinners hosted by local residents, food and wine tasting, seminars, gala dinner and wine auction. 561-395-6766 x 101. www.bocabacchanal.com

Miami Wine and Food Festival: Annual weekend of events which include a food and wine tasting, golf, wine auction and interactive dinner hosted by celebrity chef. 786 596-WINE: www.miamiwinefestival.org.

-"The Scottsdale Festival of the Arts" – Arizona. Culinary and wine events in arts context. 602-944-ARTS

•Monterey Wine Festival” - America’s oldest wine festival brings together California’s top vintners, speakers and chefs for a series of events which includes an auction. 800-656-WINE

•The Great Wine Seminar” - Hollywood, Fla.Sponsored by the Hollywood Wine Society, these events are hosted by such luminaries as Robert M. Parker, Jr. 305-251-7965

•The Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival” – British Columbia. More than 130 wineries from around the globe conduct a round of tastings in conjunction with special dinners and an auction. 604-683-7996

•Domestic Beer and Food Festival” - New York City. Microbrewery beer and food fest. 212-447-0456

•View from the Vineyards” - New York City; Wine tasting paired with food from New York restaurants. 212-505-1616

Events in April:

•Santa Barbara Vintner's Festival” - California. A weekend designed to celebrate the wines and food of the gold coast. Winemaker’s dinners grand tastings and open houses at boutique wineries compliment the auction. 805-688-0881

•Florida Winefest and Auction” - Sarasota. More than 80 wineries and 40 restaurants will showcase their best vintages and signature dishes. 800-216-6199

•Charlotte Wine and Food Expo” - North Carolina. 800-707-0866

•Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival” – Austin. Showcases chefs, cooking schools and wine seminars. 512-329-0770

Events in May:

-"-Hospice due Rhone" - Paso Robles, Calif., celebrates wine produced from the 23 grape varieties frown in the Rhone. Tastings, seminars, auction. 805-784-954

  The Biltmore International Food and Wine Weekend” - Coral Gables, FL. World Class Wine, World Class Cuisine, World Class Resort. 800-727-1926, www.biltmorefestival.com

-"The James Beard Culinary Festival" - New York City. The event honors excellence in American restaurant food & wine. 800-362-3273

•The Midwest International Beer Exposition” - Chicago. Taste an unparalleled selection of hundreds of microbrews. 708-678-0071

•Nantucket Wine Festival” - Maine. An exploration of food and wine highlighted by the historic celebration of gastronomy. 508-228-1128

•Atlanta"s Wine and Food Expo” Sample wine and food from around the globe. 800-544-1660

•Gourmet Weekend: The World of Wines” – Virginia. Hotels in Colonial Williamsburg matching fine wines and historic locales. 800-HISTORY

• "The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience" – Louisiana. Includes winemaker dinners, Royal St. Event, Grand Tastings. 504-529-9463

Events in June:

•The Aspen Food and Wine Festival" – Colorado. Broad spectrum wine and food event, including celebrity chefs. 800-26-ASPEN

•Napa Valley Wine Auction” – California. Fans of California’s world class wines, vintners and chefs converge to wine, dine and purchase lots of the best. 707-942 9783

•Great Tastes of Pennsylvania Wine and Food Festival” - The weekend series of events held in the Pocono Mountains. 717-722-9111

•New York City Restaurant Week” - Participating restaurants (including many of the city’s finest) offer prix-fixe lunches for the price of the current year (ex. $20.04). Often special prices are offered at dinner and throughout the year. 212-397-8222

•KQED’s Int’l Beer and Food Festival” - San Francisco. 415-553-2200

-Jackson Hole Wine Auction- Jackson Hole, Wyo- winemaker dinners, charity wine auction, tastings and more. 307-733-3050


Events in July:

•Kapalua Bay (Maui) Wine and Food Symposium” – Hawaii. A series of events, including dinners, tasting, demos, and lecturers, highlight the finest in regional and international wine and cuisine. 800-527-2582

-"The Central Coast Wine Classic" Avila Beach, Calif. Grand Tastings, Wine Auctions, Winemaker dinners and more. 805-544-1285

•International Pinot Noir Celebration”Oregon. 800-775-4762

• The Los Angeles Free Clinic Wine and Food Tasting Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 208-0444

•A Taste of the Hamptons” - New York. Tastings of Long Island wines paired with cuisine of local chefs. 516-369-0104

•Chefs and Champagne” - Hamptons, New York. 800-362-3273

•San Francisco Jazz and Wine Festival” – California. Embarcadero Center. 800-627-5277

-Sonoma County Showcase of Wine and Food, Sonoma, Calif., This three day benefit event includes wine dinners, tastings and a golf tournament. 800 939-7666.

Events in August:

•Auction of Northwest Wines” - Seattle, Washington. Third largest charity wine auction in the U.S.; held at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodville. 206-728-1185

•Vintage Ohio” - An array of wine and food from greater Cleveland’s best restaurants. 800-227-OWPA

•Mid-Atlantic Wine Festival” - Annapolis, Maryland. Wines from the region, food, art, and recording artists. 410-280-3306

•Sun Valley Wine Auction” - Sun Valley, Idaho. One of the top 10 charity events in the nations; includes gourmet picnic, a tasting of more than 200 wines, western-style black-tie dinner and auction. 208-726-9491

•Sonoma Valley Wine Auction” – California. A weekend of tasting, sipping, and bidding. 707-935-0803

Events in September:

•American Wine and Food Festival” - Los Angeles. Celebrity chefs from around the nation and 70 of California’s best wineries converge on the Universal Studios Backlot for an event to benefit Meals on Wheels. 310-652-3706

•Winesong” - Mendocino, CA. Unique event with food, wine, music, and auction. Held in Coast Botanical Gardens. 707-961-4688

•Taste of the Town” - Santa Barbara, California. Wines from the central coast and food from the finest of the city’s restaurants. 805-687-1592

Events in October:

-"The Midwest International Wine Exposition" - Chicago. Focus on wine. 708-678-0071

•Paso Robles Harvest Wine Fair” - Paso Robles, CA. Features seminars, grand tasting, and winery events. 805-239-8463

•Annual Int’l Wine & Food Festival” - Banff , Canada. The Banff Springs Hotel in Alberta, Canada. 403-762-6826

•Chester County Apple Wine Festival” - Pennsylvania. Celebrate the harvest and change of seasons. 610-388-6221

•New York Int’l Wine Fair” - New York City. International wines and New York City’s finest chefs create a world class event. 212-688-9370

•Philadelphia Int’l Food and Wine Show” - Pennsylvania. 800-311-8242

•San Francisco Wine and Spirits Focus” - Sponsored by Bon Appetit. 415-387-0828

Events in November:

-"Hawaii's Big Island Festival - Five days of fine food and wine, agricultural tours with a gourmet's focus, as well as the best of the Big Island's spa treatments, golf, art, culture and music. 866 424 FEST

•Wild Wood” - Little Rock, Arkansas. Wine and Food Celebration, including Vintner Dine Around, Seminars, Tastings. 501-821-7275

•San Francisco Gourmet Gala”California. World renowned chefs, food writers, interior designers all join together to create a unique and memorable event. 415-788-2202

Events in December:

Twelve Days of Christmas” - Napa Valley, California. Meryvale Winery. An annual sellout event. 800-458-8080


"Club Med Food & Wine Festivals" - Columbus Isle, Bahamas. Several times a year. Flowing food & wine a la Club Med. 800-Club-Med or 800-544-VINO

-"Share our Strength’s Taste of the Nation" - A series of more than 100 events held across the U.S. and Canada in April and August to benefit hunger relief programs. 800-955-TASTE (8278)

•The Napa Valley Mustard Festival” – California. February – March. Cooking demonstrations, food and wine tasting and winemakers’ dinners. 702-259-9020

•Atlanta"s High Museum Wine Auction”Georgia. Famous chefs combine talents to prepare special dinners in anticipation of a wine, art, and special events auction. 404-733-4424 (Date N/A)

•Michaelmas” - Biltmore Estate Winery, Asheville, North Carolina. Borrowing on an English tradition, this fair honors the autumn harvest season. 704-255-1776 (Date N/A)


Diane Sukiennik and Michael Reiss are freelance food, wine, and lifestyle writers based in Los Angeles.

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