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April 2015 Food & Wine Events Calendar

The Earth Day Food and Wine Festival celebrates the best of California's Central Coast

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April 7-12
Scottsdale, AZ

36th Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival

Scottsdale Culinary Festival

Join more than 35,000 guests and partake in more than 20 events during the six-day affair that features dishes from prominent chefs and restaurants, and a diverse array of wine and spirits. The festival boasts lavish dinners and cocktail parties, but the Great Arizona Picnic is the major attraction with 50 restaurants, chef demonstrations and live music. The Epicurean Expo is great for those wanting to check out the latest in culinary appliances and cookware, and the SubZero Wolf Mixology Lounge crafts superb cocktails. There will also be a tequila deck serving up margaritas and a beer festival featuring 200 specialty beers. The event's proceeds go to The Scottsdale League for the Arts. For the latest information, go to scottsdalefest.org or call 480-945-7193.

April 8-11
Vail, CO

25th Annual Taste of Vail

Wine tasting at Taste of Vail

The Taste of Vail highlights more than 30 of the city's renowned chefs and features almost 50 of the nation's top wine producers. One of the main attractions is the Debut of 2014 Rosé offering more than 100 rosé varietals to sample, from semi-sweet to very dry. The American Lamb Apre is also a singular experience, and the theme for this year's event is "Life Beyond Chardonnay and Merlot." The wines that will complement the lamb dishes stay true to the theme and include Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. Participating wineries include Chateau D'Esclans, Yamhill Valley Vineyards, Hess Collection and Capiaux Cellars. A Grand Tasting and auction will also take place, and attendees can partake in a breathtaking lunch on top of Mount Vail, 10,350 feet above sea level. For tickets and more information, visit www.tasteofvail.com

April 9-12
Escambron Beach, Puerto Rico

Saborea Puerto Rico: A Culinary Extravaganza

Guests enjoy the outdoors, gourmet food and refreshing drinks at Saborea Puerto Rico: A Culinary Extravaganza

Come be a part of this weekend gathering of flavorful food, wine and fun on Escambron Beach in Puerto Rico. Among the 30 restaurants and vendors on the participants' roster, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, L'Osteria and Salt Gastrobar will make an appearance. The celebration kicks off with local fare, drinks and music at the Bubbles and Bites event. Intimate dinners showcasing culinary creations of international and local chefs, such as Roberto Trevino, Rafael Barrera and Marilyn Lopez start the following day along with cooking demonstrations and tastings. Find samples of spirits, beers and more at the Libation Station, Brews & Stews and California Wineries with even more treats to eat. To get a glimpse of what the event will be like, read the GAYOT Blog

April 9-12
Pebble Beach, CA

8th Annual Pebble Beach Food and Wine

Pebble Beach Food & Wine

The 8th Annual Pebble Beach Food and Wine event brings together 250 of the most prestigious wineries and 75 distinguished celebrity chefs for four days of continuous enjoyment. Each year, the celebration boasts the cream of the crop hosting culinary demonstrations, gala dinners and wine tastings. Chefs such as Tyler Florence, Guy Fieri and Hubert Keller have astounded guests with cooking demos. Master sommeliers from around the world conduct wine tastings, such as blind tastings where world-renowned wine connoisseurs are blindfolded and must name what they taste. Witness the amazing accuracy of these sommeliers as they name not only the type of wine, but also where it originates. For more information, visit www.pbfw.com or call 866-907-3663.

April 11-12
New York, New York

New York Culinary Experience

Mingle with top chefs at the New York Culinary Experience

Indulge in an interactive culinary experience where you can learn how to cook under the tutelage of prestigious chefs and experts in the industry. Past chefs have included Jacques Pepin and David Bouley. The program welcomes all levels of experience, and there is a variety of classes to choose from. In addition, there will be a Q&A session where participants can satisfy their curiosities regarding gastronomy, and a private reception for students and chefs. For tickets and information, go to nyce.nymag.com or call 646-314-4413.


April 17-19
Paso Robles

9th Annual Earth Day Food and Wine Festival

Wine bottles at the Earth Day Food & Wine Festival


For the environmentally conscious, the Earth Day Food and Wine Festival is a great opportunity to support the initiative of the Vineyard Team. The Vineyard Team's goal is to encourage environmentally friendly farming practices while still upholding the quality of the grapes being cultivated. Live music is performed on a sound stage run on solar power, and all dishware, glasses and utensils are recycled. This year, the main event will take place in the Meadow at Castoro Cellars and feature tasty dishes served by local chefs. Participating wineries include Broken Earth Winery, Chronic Cellars and Niner Wine Estates. To participate, go to earthdayfoodandwine.com or call 805-466-2288.


April 22-25
Washington, DC

15th Annual Heart's Delight Wine Tasting & Auction

Help the American Heart Association by bidding at the Hearts Delight Wine Auction

Benefiting the American Heart Association, this 16th annual auction event draws master winemakers, culinary greats and distinguished guests to America's capitol city. This four-day celebration starting April 22 gives many opportunities for attendees to wine and dine intimately in homes, restaurants and Embassies with a host, chef and winemaker at each. Guests will also have an opportunity to bid for special large format wines direct from the makers, attend informative seminars on food preparation and taste the latest epicurean delights. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.heartsdelightwineauction.org



April 24-26
Napa, CA

Vineyard to Vintner

Vineyard to Vintner

The Vineyard to Vintner is a unique occasion to taste the fine wines the Stags Leap District has been producing for more than a century. The wineries that now populate the land produce some of the world's premium Cabernet Sauvignons, and guests can sample many of these at open houses. Attendees can enjoy tastings at Baldacci Family Vineyards, Clos Du Val and Lindstrom Wines, to name a few. Library dinners hosted by select wine producers allow guests to partake in delicious victuals and sample vintners' wine favorites from their personal cellars. For more event information, visit www.stagsleapdistrict.com


April 24-26
Austin, TX

Austin Food + Wine Festival

Austin Food + Wine Festival

The culinary scene in Austin has been on the rise, and this annual festival highlights its growth into a culinary hotspot. Premier chefs conduct tastings and culinary demonstrations, and a hands-on grilling demo allows participants to cook up some delicious food of their own. Former guest chefs have included Rick Bayless and Ming Tsai, with sommeliers such as Vilma Mazaite. Experience Texan flavor during the Chef Showcase, where Austin chefs present their dishes, and enjoy a sumptuous outdoor dinner at Feast Under the Stars. For more information, visit www.austinfoodandwinefestival.com

April 30
Lexington, KY

Ninth Annual Kentucky Bluegrass Wine Auction

The Kentucky Bluegrass Wine Auction takes place during Derby Week
The Lexington Cancer Foundation will host its 10th Kentucky Bluegrass Wine Auction & Derby Gala on April 30. More than 400 guests flock to Donamire Farm to enjoy the rare mix of fine wine and equestrian culture each year. When guests aren't watching the horse races, they can look forward to wine tastings, Vitner dinners and auctions, where all proceeds go to cancer research, education and patient care. For more information, visit www.lexingtonfoundation.com

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