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April 2014 Food & Wine Events Calendar

The Earth Day Food and Wine Festival celebrates the best of California's central coast

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April 2-5
Vail, CO—24th Annual Taste of Vail

During this four-day event, which is in its 24th year, thousands of guests will have the opportunity to experience Vail Valley and Colorado's world-class restaurants with fine wine poured by winemakers and winery owners from around the globe. Also participating will be a collection of top chefs. Other activities include interactive seminars, après ski tasting, the Colorado Lamb Cook-Off and the popular picnic extravaganza at the top of Vail Mountain. The numerous wineries selected to pour their premium wines include Louis Latour, Château de Sours, Canyon Wind Cellars and others. Proceeds from the Taste of Vail go to various charities in Vail Valley. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 970-306-1334 or visit www.tasteofvail.com.

April 4-5
Atlantic City, NJ—Ninth Annual Atlantic City Beer Festival
Atlantic City's Celebration of the Suds Beer Festival
This year marks the Atlantic City Beer Festival's ninth year, and their celebration gets better and better. The event will host over 90 brewers and breweries from around the world. Among the participants are Allagash Brewing Company, Stone Brewing Company, Ommegang, and others. Guests will enjoy culinary demonstrations, beer seminars, festival vendors, live music, and of course plenty of beer! Tickets are $60 at the door or $55 per session. Tickets for designated drivers are available for $15 at the door only. For more information, visit www.celebrationofthesuds.com.

April 5-6
New York, NY—New York Culinary Experience
Want to learn cooking techniques from David Bouley (Brushstroke), Shaun Hergatt (Juni) and Jean-Georges Vongerichten (Jean-Georges)? The New York Culinary Experience gives ambitious food lovers a chance to cook beside some of the world's greatest chefs. More than 30 renowned culinary masters, restaurateurs and industry leaders will direct students through cooking classes and teach them how to prepare various dishes. Students will also have the opportunity to take part in question-and-answer seminars, as well as attend a private reception with the chefs at the end of each day. Ticket prices are $1,495 per person and include four classes, breakfasts, lunches and the daily closing receptions. For more information, visit www.nymag.com or call 646-314-4413.

April 8-13
Scottsdale, AZ—36th Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival

Foodies and culinary connoisseurs flock to sunny Scottsdale year after year to attend this long-running Southwestern festival celebrating the art of food and wine. Now in its 36th year, the festival kicks off with the Friends of James Beard Dinner on March 13, featuring winners of the prestigious award who will demonstrate their talents in a collaborative multi-course dinner hosted by The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. The diverse roster of events also includes the Burger Battle event, showcasing 16 chefs competing to create the 2014 Best Burger in the Valley, Bubbles and Bliss — a chic tasting event — at the W Scottsdale, and the Wine Country Brunch. Bringing the festivities to a delicious end is Best of the Fest, a five-course wine-paired dinner created tableside by some of Arizona's best chefs, to be held at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa. For individual event prices and tickets, visit www.scottsdalefest.org, or call 480-945-7193.

April 10-13
Sarasota, FL—Florida Winefest & Auction

The Florida Winefest & Auction features a wine tasting, brunch and charity auction, winemaker dinners, "Wine on the Water," an upscale party featuring a huge selection of wines under the Winefest tent on Sarasota Bay. This event has awarded over $7.5 million in charitable grants throughout the years, with proceeds benefiting various children's charities. Visit www.floridawinefest.org or call 941-952-1109 for more information and reservations.

April 10-13
Pebble Beach, CA—Seventh Annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine

This four-day gastronomical event will bring together distinguished wineries and chefs from around the world to the California coast for a variety of luncheons, dinners, cooking demonstrations and wine tastings. Experience delectable meals and exclusive cooking demonstrations from a variety of world-class chefs. The event includes 75 celebrity chefs, including Michael Symon, Masaharu Morimoto and Jose Garces, and 250 wineries in a selection of luxurious venues throughout scenic Pebble Beach. Highlights of the event include the Opening Night Reception at The Inn at Spanish Bay, and a series of decadent five-course meals prepared by world-renowned chefs. For information and reservations visit www.pebblebeachfoodandwine.com or call 866-907-3663.


April 11-13
Templeton, CA—Eighth Annual Earth Day Food & Wine Festival

At the eighth annual Earth Day Food & Wine Festival, indulge in seasonally-based dishes, taste Central Coast wines, hear live music and meet farmers who nurture a healthy environment. Held at Castoro Cellars, the event's carbon footprint is minimized through a plastic reduction policy, recycling and compost program, solar-powered entertainment stage and countywide shuttle services. Barrel tastings, cooking demonstrations, live music and farm tours complement the main festival. Event proceeds support research, demonstration and farm worker outreach programs of the Central Coast Vineyard Team. For more information, visit www.earthdayfoodandwine.com or call 805-466-2288.


April 25-27
Napa, CA—Vineyard to Vintner 2014 (V2V)
This celebration of the Stags Leap District gives visitors unmatched access to all nineteen member wineries. The three-day affair will feature exclusive backstage passes to winery openhouses, four intimate vintner-hosted dinners and a Sunday brunch. Open houses will be hosted by Baldacci Family Vineyards, Chimney Rock Winery, Cliff Lede Vineyards, Clos Du Val, Hartwell Vineyards, Ilsley Vineyards, Lindstrom Wines, Malk Family Vineyards, Odette Estate Winery, Pine Ridge Vineyards, Regusci Winery, Robinson Family Vineyards, Shafer Vineyards, Silverado Vineyards Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, Stags' Leap Winery, Steltzner Vineyards, Taylor Family Vineyards and Terlato Family Vineyards. For more information, call 707-255-1720 or visit www.stagsleapdistrict.com.

April 26-27
Sonoma County, CA—25th Annual Passport to Dry Creek Valley

Passport to Dry Creek Valley is an annual event showcasing the wineries, vineyards and exceptional beauty of Dry Creek Valley. More than 50 wineries and numerous growers in Dry Creek Valley will join together to celebrate new wine releases paired with mouthwatering local cuisine. The exclusive weekend event also offers live entertainment, vineyard tours and much more. The two-day pass costs $120, while the Sunday-only ticket is $70. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 707-433-3031 or visit www.wdcv.com.

April 29
Boston, MA—Taste of the Nation

Taste of the Nation gathers more than 70 local restaurants and more than 30 wineries and breweries to donate their food, beverages and staff for one tantalizing night of gourmet fare and palate-pleasing wine at a tasting for the public. Boston's top chefs joining in on the event this year include Andy Husbands of Tremont 647, Jody Adams of Rialto and Gordon Hamersley of Hamersley's Bistro. All proceeds from ticket sales go to Share Our Strength, an anti-hunger and anti-poverty organization. Participants can purchase VIP Admission for $150 or General Admission for $95. Taste of the Nation Boston, Cruiseport Boston, 1 Black Falcon Ave., Boston, MA 02110. For ticket information, call 617-774-1321 or visit ce.strength.org.

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