New Orleans Wine and Food Experience
May 22-25, 2013
It's an epicurean delight. A feast for the taste buds. A harmonic convergence of oenophiles and culinary connoisseurs. It's the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience and it's happening here in the city of culinary fame from May 22 through May 25.
Thousands of wine and food lovers are expected to gather here again as they have done every year since 1992 for this extraordinary event. The NOWFE spotlights the city's legendary restaurants along with fine wines from around the globe. It has been named a "Perennial 'Top Ten' Wine and Food Festival" in Wine Enthusiast magazine and it has received rave reviews in many other national and international media.
As of early March, confirmation of participation has been received from 22 wineries and a dozen restaurants and/or caterers, with many more still expected to participate. Sixteen additional participants have also confirmed, including several purveyors of gourmet coffees and teas, and several magazines, culinary websites, bookstores and others with something special to add to the mix.
So far, at least half a dozen noted local chefs – including John Besh, Susan Spicer, Tariq Hanna and Brian Landry – and another half dozen visiting chefs and authorities have signed up to participate, with still more likely to come on board as the event gets closer.
Some of the must-do events of the festival include:
- Vintner dinners at local restaurants, hosted by winery representatives and pairing select wines with menus
- The Royal Street Experience, a lively stroll through the French Quarter's most elegant street. Live music, food and wine make for a festive offering, plus a gala parade by the New Orleans "funsters," the Krewe of Cork, whose logo is a cluster of grapes and whose motto is "To serve and pour!"
- Grand Tastings with dishes from participating New Orleans restaurants and wines from an international selection of vintages
- Seminars on a wide range of topics, led by winemakers and other experts in viticulture and the wine industry
Travel packages are being offered by some of New Orleans' leading luxury hotels. To learn more go to www.nowfe.com/travel/packages.
Registration is still open for those who wish to participate in the NOWFE events. For registration details go to http://register.nowfe.com/. For all other information, including the full schedule of events, call 504-529-WINE (9463), fax: 504-596-FOOD (3663) or visit www.nowfe.com.