Celebrating its twenty-third year, the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience is a seasonal staple, attracting more than 10,000 visitors to its four day, one-of-a-kind experience for devotees of the gustatory arts. Despite the crowds, this popular festival still provides numerous opportunities to not only attend fine food and wine tastings but also meet, mingle, and interact with celebrated vintners, chefs, and industry experts.
Even better, you don’t have to feel guilty for rubbing elbows with celebrities while sampling fine food and drink. Why?
100% of the net proceeds from the annual New Orleans Wine & Food Experience are donated to local charities. In fact, since 1992, the festival has raised over 1 million dollars for local non-profit organizations, such as food banks and culinary schools!
This year’s New Orleans Wine & Food Experience boasts 52 wineries, 53 restaurants, 24 exhibitors, and 26 special guests – plus numerous special events and seminars spread out over 4 days. Have a gander:
New Orleans Wine & Food Experience
Wednesday, May 20
Wine Dinners – 7pm
The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience kicks off with an intimate wine dinner at one of New Orleans’ premier restaurants, while learning about the wine and food pairings directly from the vintners and chefs that created them. A different winery is featured at each restaurant.
Thursday, May 21
Vinola! – 2pm
Crafted with true wine connoisseurs in mind, Vinola offers the opportunity to sample rare and highly valued wines, presented by the winemakers themselves
Royal Street Stroll – 5:30pm
The definitive evening event of the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience: Stroll Royal “parade-style,” led by the Krewe of Cork with several renowned winemakers serving as Grand Marshals, and shop the streets eclectic galleries with wine offerings at each stop and a food tent along the way.
Friday, May 22
Grand Tasting – 6pm
The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience Grand Tasting showcases more than 1000 domestic and international vintages alongside delicious foods. Meet the winemakers and chefs, ask questions, and taste wines from across the globe. Each chef will present a dish for competition in hopes of winning a Fleur de Lis Culinary Award.
The Big Gateaux Show – 9pm
The Big Gateaux Show is an after-party pastry competition following the Friday Night Grand Tasting, with pastries, cocktails, celebrity chefs, judges and burlesque starlets. A show favorite.
Plus Experiences & Seminars
The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience’s Wine and Food Seminar Series is designed for both the casual novice and the educated connoisseur. Taste, discover, and learn about the wine culinary worlds directly from the vintners, chefs, and industry experts.
Saturday, May 23
Grand Tasting – 2pm
A repeat of Friday’s Grand Tasting with the inclusion of the crowning of the King or Queen of Louisiana Seafood as part of the festivities.
Plus Experiences & Seminars
Sunday, May 24
Experiences & Seminars
2015 New Orleans Wine & Food Experience
May 20 – 23, 2015
For a full schedule, tickets and more, please visit: www.nowfe.com
New Orleans Wine & Food Experience Lodging
You’ve come to New Orleans to experience the best in food and drink in one of the best cities on Earth to do so – so why would you taint your experience with a room somewhere sub-par like an impersonal motel or hotel? For a true taste of the Big Easy, nothing will do but a stay at one of the locally owned and operated New Orleans Bed and Breakfast Inns. With personal service, hearty breakfasts, unheard of amenities, and insider’s knowledge as to where to go and what to see during your visit, they’re the best hosts in the city!