Get ready for one of the most exciting culinary events of the year! This May, hundreds of wineries and restaurants will join forces for the 25th New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, attracting food, wine, art, and music lovers to various venues throughout the French Quarter.
Over 25 years ago, a group of wine and food lovers gathered to create an event that would share their passions with the world. Their goal was not just to showcase the finest food and drink, but to donate event proceeds to various charitable organizations in New Orleans. The New Orleans Wine and Food Experience has raised more than $1.2 million dollars for local nonprofit organizations, with beneficiaries ranging from New Orleans food banks to culinary schools.
The weekend will be packed with seminars designed for both new and experienced wine drinkers. You’ll also find intimate wine dinners at New Orleans’ best restaurants featuring the chefs’ own wine and food pairings. Of course, there are many other unique experiences exclusively for NOWFE attendees.
Here are just a few of the special events happening throughout the weekend:
Friday, May 26, 2017
At 2:00 p.m., ticketholders will head to the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel Ballroom at 621 St. Louis Street to enjoy the opportunity to sample an array of rare and elite wines from around the world presented by the winemakers themselves.
Royal Street Stroll
At 5:30 p.m., the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience and the Krewe of Cork will lead a parade-style stroll down the 200-900 blocks of Royal Street, with renowned winemakers acting as Grand Marshals. Parade-goers are encouraged to wear wine-themed costumes and to join in on the celebration of King Patick van Hoorebeek and the season of wine and food in New Orleans.
Saturday, May 27, 2017
6:00 p.m. marks the beginning of the Grand Tasting, located at iconic Mardi Gras World at 1380 Port of New Orleans Place. This event will boast more than 1000 domestic and international vintages served with food curated by over 75 of New Orleans’ finest chefs. Dishes will compete for the coveted Fleur de Lis Culinary Award, and all attendees will have the opportunity to dine and mingle with wine makers and chefs. If you want early entrance and the ability to skip the lines, think about purchasing a VIP ticket.
The Big Gateaux Show
Cocktails and a pastry competition will accompany celebrity chef features and performances by Burlesque starlets, Trixi Minx and Bella Blue. The winning pastry chef will win a $5000 prize. The show begins at 9:00 p.m. in the Marriott Convention Center Ballroom at 859 Convention Center Boulevard.
Over 75 of New Orleans’ finest chefs will participate in this year’s New Orleans Wine and Food Experience. Last year’s participating restaurants included: