It’s always a good time to be a foodie in New Orleans, but it gets even better this week with the annual New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (May 21 – 24). The festival brings together food lovers, chefs, wine aficionados and wineries for an unforgettable series of events that anyone with taste buds doesn’t want to miss.
Here are a few highlights from this year’s NOWFE:
A series of wine dinners across the city kick off the festival Wednesday night. Each dinner pairs the food of a premier New Orleans’ restaurant with wine from world class winery. Tickets are going fast, but I’ve heard that some restaurants like Antoine’s, Café Giovanni and Restaurant R’evolution still have spots left. Contact the restaurant directly if you’re interested in joining one of these exceptional dinners. Don’t wait; these spots won’t remain open long.
Eight blocks of one of the most fabulous streets in New Orleans are transformed into a one-of-a-kind wine tasting. Royal Street shuts down and festival goers are given exclusive access to wines from all over the world, food from exceptional local restaurants, and fantastic shopping. Enjoy your wine as you browse through antique shops, art galleries, clothing boutiques and many other shops. Who knows, you might even see the Krewe of Cork parading down the street. It’s a true New Orleans celebration of food and wine.
The Royal Street Stroll is Thursday night, May 22. Tickets are $89 in advance or $109 the day of.
Not just one day-of wine and food tastings, but two: Friday, May 23 and Saturday, May 24. On both days, wine and food take over the convention center for unprecedented tasting events. Glasses are filled with select wines from across the globe, and some of the best chefs in the city share tasting size samples of their best dishes.
On Saturday, 10 Louisiana chefs compete to be crowned the King of Louisiana Seafood.
Tickets are $99 in advance, $119 the day of the show.
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