SOUTH BEACH WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL
The Food Network and Cooking Channel’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival is a national, five-day celebration that draws a crowd of over 60,000 people each year.
It offers over 95 events that showcase gourmet chefs and wine producers across the globe. Events include intimate dinners and tasting demos hosted by the best in the culinary arts, wine seminars, late night dessert and dancing parties, a kid-friendly ice cream social with celebrity pastry chef Duff Goldman, and yoga sessions! The 2018 star-studded event featured musical guests like Smash Mouth and Food Network celebrity chefs Giada De Laurentiis, Guy Fieri and Bobby Flay, just to name a few.
Founded in 2002, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival is also known for its charitable contributions – raising more than $28 million to benefit the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Florida International University. Celebrity chef, restauranteur and TV personality Bobby Flay described his favorite part of the festival in a recent issue of Celebrated Living. “My highlight is the demos because the crowds are so enthusiastic. I also like the smaller dinners because I can have conversations with the guests,” Flay said. “They spend a lot of money to support the cause, but you also want them to feel good about it.”
The port city of Charleston is a historic gem defined by its charming cobblestone streets, beautiful scenery and growing culinary scene.
The Charleston Wine + Food festival celebrates this city with programmed events from award-winning culinary experts and wine professionals. Spanning over five days during the first week of March, the festival lures over 29,000 guests. “Featuring talent from all over the world and taking place in the heart of Charleston’s undeniably rich culinary scene, the experience that you get at Charleston Wine + Food is unlike any other event,” said the festival’s Executive Director Gillian Zettler. “Our dynamic programming of over 100 events rooted in a strong sense of place, leaves guests and participants coming back year after year.”
Festival events include chef demonstrations, wine tasting, beer and spirit samplings, live music and shopping. However, there is a bigger purpose to this event than its savory experiences – giving back to Charleston’s diverse culinary industry and its future leaders. Since 2006, the Charleston Wine + Food festival has distributed more than $400,000 back into the local culinary and hospitality community.
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HUDSON VALLEY WINE & FOOD FEST
Nestled in the New York Hudson Valley region, the historic town of Rhinebeck is known for its vineyards, orchards and majestic views. It is also the home of the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest – which celebrates all things wine.
Founded in 2001, the event features hundreds of wineries from Hudson Valley and beyond, New York’s finest distilled spirits, craft beers and gourmet cuisine from all over the country. “Our festival is different from many typical wine festivals in that we are a New York Registered Farm Market, so in addition to guests having the opportunity to sample wines from all over New York, they are able to purchase by the bottle to take their favorite vintages home with them,” said Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest’s Event Coordinator Jennifer Cristaldi.
Since New York is known for its bountiful apple orchards, the festival also showcases some of the finest apple cider and hard cider producers in the country. As its name suggests, first comes wine, then comes food. Gourmet food vendors and chefs provide demonstrations and decadent samplings to their guests. The winner of Food Network’s hit show ‘Chopped,’ Chef Roshni Gurnani, will be joining the 2018 festival’s list of featured culinary experts. The event is also known for their unique Gourmet Food Truck Corral.
Held every spring in the exciting seaport city of Seattle, Taste Washington brought in a record-breaking attendance of 8,200 guests to this year’s event.
Taste Washington represents the best of what makes this region so unique – a creative culture that celebrates the amazing wine, food and music woven into our culture,” said President & CEO of Visit Seattle Tom Norwalk. “We are truly inspired by the record turn-out for our 21st year.” The four-day event features more than 225 Washington wineries and over 65 well-known Pacific coast restaurants and culinary experts.
Since Seattle is home to bountiful produce, including everything from shellfish farms to fruit orchards, the festival offers the most exquisite farm-to-table dining experiences. Guests will learn techniques and sample bites as culinary experts showcase their skills during interactive cooking demos. Taste Washington also offers engaging and educational wine seminars and of course, wine sampling from the region’s best wineries.
PASO ROBLES WINE FESTIVAL
Paso Robles, positioned on the Central Coast of California, is surrounded by luscious rolling hills and is only a short 27-mile drive from beautiful beaches.
Rich in history and miles of vineyards, it encompasses the largest and most diverse wine region in California. It’s no wonder Paso Robles Wine Festival is one of the most well-known wine tasting events. The four-day affair occurs every May and is the largest outdoor wine festival by a single California wine region, drawing a crowd of over 4,000 people.
“The Paso Robles Wine Festival is the only celebration that is focused on the Paso Robles wine growing region,” said Christopher Taranto, Communications Director with the Paso Robles Wine Alliance. “Now running 36 years, this festival brings the flavors of Paso to our tree studded, downtown city park – filling it with music, food from local chefs and of course, the wines of Paso Robles.” The festival boasts ‘small town charm meets world class wine’ and gives attendees the opportunity to taste wine from more than 70 Paso Robles wineries in the downtown city park alone. Events include winemaker dinners, barrel tasting, artisanal food pairings and live music.
Known as one of the nation’s most prominent wine and food events, the Nantucket Wine & Food Festival celebrated its 22nd annual event this year.
Nantucket, an island just off the coast of Cape Cod, is a charming tourist destination where life moves at a slower pace. The picturesque scenery emulates the island’s nautical theme with its windswept beaches and historic lighthouses. The festival attracted over 3,000 people this year during the five event-filled days. The festival’s Executive Director Nancy Bean described the events and all that they had to offer. “The Nantucket Wine & Food Festival is a celebration of the island featuring renowned winemakers and chefs from around the world. Over the course of five days, guests experience walk-around tastings, educational seminars, culinary demonstrations, and intimate wine dinners with the winemakers themselves.” Although the festival is a widely-known event, it stays true to its roots and embraces its island style.
The festival is also committed to supporting the local community. Proceeds from the festival’s events support the Nantucket Island community, including the Nantucket Island Youth with their Culinary Arts Mentoring Program – which provides speakers, visiting chefs, field trips and paid student employment opportunities.
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NEW YORK CITY WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL
Enjoy rooftop views of the Big Apple’s soaring skyline at the New York City Wine & Food Festival.
Headed into its 11th year, this festival is another star-studded Food Network and Cooking Channel soirée with over 100 events, including hands-on cooking seminars, walk-around wine tasting, rooftop parties and intimate dinners by the industry’s finest and America’s favorite culinary TV personalities. Guests get to experience the festival at the best venues in New York City, including their Culinary Campus at Piers 92 and 94.
A spokesperson for the Food Network and Cooking Channel said, “The best part of the NYCWFF weekend is always witnessing the sheer joy fans have when they can literally experience what they enjoy watching on TV up close and in person – while also knowing that all the hard work that goes into executing four days of this sort of specialness benefits No Kid Hungry and Food Bank for New York City.” The festival has raised $11.5 million to help fight hunger and all net proceeds benefit the No Kid Hungry campaign and Food Bank for New York City. “The main purpose of the entire weekend is not just to eat and drink. We are raising funds to help feed people. That feeds your soul,” said celebrity chef and TV personality Rachael Ray.
Telluride, a historic Victorian mining town nestled in the magnificent Colorado Rocky Mountains, is known for its world-class skiing, summer cultural events and the Telluride Wine Festival.
This beautiful, intimate event, which just celebrated its 37th year, is a four-day affair where Telluride’s local culinary community, enthusiastic visitors and the country’s finest winemakers and chefs come together to create inspired food and wine experiences for their guests.
The festival is celebrated every year in late June, after the famous Bluegrass Festival and before the Fourth of July. The celebration is heightened by the unmatched beauty of Telluride and offers unique events, including one of their guests’ favorites, The Toast of Telluride. Thyra Busch, a Telluride Wine Festival board member, described the fan-favorite event, “The Toast of Telluride is our annual progressive tasting of wines and nibbles. Hop from shop-to-shop, amble from gallery-to-gallery and restaurant-to-restaurant and meet a new winery and its winemaker eager to share their story and wines with you.”
The Telluride Festival not only helps stimulate the local economy, but it also donates a large amount of the proceeds to area farmers and the culinary and hospitality community.
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BOTTLEROCK NAPA VALLEY
The legendary Napa Valley is one of the most renowned winemaking regions in the world and is known for its hundreds of vineyards and countryside scenery.
If you are a music enthusiast, BottleRock Napa Valley will not disappoint. The sold-out 2018 event attracted more than 120,000 attendees and featured live music by Bruno Mars, Muse, The Chainsmokers, The Killers, Snoop Dogg and Billy Idol, to name a few. But BottleRock isn’t just about the music. The 2018 culinary stage included an array of celebrities: country singer and three-time New York Times bestselling cookbook author Trisha Yearwood, Iron Chef’s Masaharu Morimoto, Olympic gold medalist Shaun White, MLB legends Ken Griffey Jr. and Barry Bonds, and more!
BottleRock will amaze you with an abundance of incredible wines, decadent bites from many of the area’s finest chefs and restaurants, craft beer, a bourbon bar and refreshing cocktails, even a relaxing spa. “We are always looking to exceed our attendees expectations,” said Dave Graham, Partner and Co-Founder of BottleRock Presents. “From the beginning, we have built BottleRock on the foundation of knowing why people come to the Napa Valley in the first place… for the wine, food, hospitality and weather. And then we add an incredible and diverse musical lineup. We believe this is what sets BottleRock apart and why it has been so well received.”
Formerly part of the popular Wine Country Weekend, Taste of Sonoma is gearing up this year for its second annual event.
The festival is held at the Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center, which is nestled in the foothills of Sonoma County and home to the regions performing arts. The main focus behind the event is to showcase wine and food from local vendors – every bottle of wine and morsel of food that is served is from Sonoma County. Guests that attend Taste of Sonoma often stay through Labor Day weekend. “Sonoma County is diverse and bountiful and has so much to offer – from the amazing wines that we make in this region to the abundance of fresh produce that is grown and the artisan foods that are crafted here,” said Anna Miranda, a Public Relations Manager for Sonoma County Vintners.
Besides world-class wine tasting and dining, guests can participate in an array of other activities. They can drive along Sonoma County’s 50-mile coastline to appreciate breathtaking views, partake in cooking demonstrations, zipline through the Redwoods, kayak on the Russian River and enjoy Sonoma’s mountain hiking trails. “Taste of Sonoma is the quintessential event to kick off the Labor Day weekend and celebrate the last days of summer,” exclaimed Sonoma County Vintners Interim Executive Director Michael Haney.
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