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February 2016 Food & Wine Events Calendar

Guests prepare to sample bite-size desserts at The Sanctuary during the 8th Annual Gourmet and Grapes

Seasonal Tip:
ARTICHOKES are best this month. Steam them and dip the leaves in drawn butter with tarragon, marjoram and thyme.


February 1-5
Riviera Maya, Mexico

The Jackson Family Wines Culinary Series

Guest chef Ryan Pollnow hosts a cooking demonstration at The Jackson Family Wines Culinary Series in Riviera Maya, Mexico

For the first full week of every month, the award-winning Karisma hotel group pairs with Jackson Family Wines to bring guests a food and wine series of grand proportions. Hosted at the breathtaking El Dorado Resort & Spa in Riviera Maya, Mexico, the series includes educational wine tastings, cooking classes, special wine-pairing courses and the popular culminating event — an exclusive dinner served by the week's renowned guest chef with pairings chosen by the award-winning wine master. This year, noted chef Tracey Shepos Cenami will be joined by wine master and region manager Heather Peterson, both of Jackson Family Wines. Each class or tasting can be attended selectively, starting at $35 per event, or guests can attend them all for an additional $300 to the cost of their hotel stay. For more information and scheduling details, visit the Karisma Hotels & Resorts official website



February 5-21
Abu Dhabi, UAE

Abu Dhabi Food Festival

Sliders at the new Street Feast portion of the Abu Dhabi Food Festival taking place across the UEA

This year, for the first time, the annual Gourmet Abu Dhabi has transformed into a 16-day month-long gastronomic adventure called Abu Dhabi Food Festival. The festival combines Gourmet Abu Dhabi with two all-new culinary events, Emirati Kitchen and Street Feast. Hosted by top hotels in the region, the festival presents more than 30 master classes from world-class chefs, cooking demonstrations and gourmet dinners at leading restaurants in the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Dine With the Stars gives participants an opportunity to meet and eat with Michelin-star Dutch chef Wilco Berends and American celebrity chef Todd English, among others. There is something for every age group, including junior cooking classes. Other festival highlights include golfing on an 18-hole championship green. For more information about this culinary extravaganza, visit the Abu Dhabi Food Festival official website



February 6
New York, NY

NYC Winter Wine Festival

Guests enjoy wine and live jazz at the PlayStation Theater during the NYC Winter Wine Festival

Guests can shake off the cold at the NYC Winter Wine Festival this year with more than 250 wines to select and sample, and plenty of gourmet small bites to taste. Participants can choose from two sessions: either 3 to 6 p.m. or 8 to 11 p.m. Live jazz will accompany the wine tasting at the PlayStation Theater in Times Square. As a memento, each guest receives a wine glass they can use throughout the tasting. For more information, visit the NYC Winter Wine Festival official website


February 13-14
Boston, MA

Boston Wine Expo

Participants may sample more than 2,000 wines at the Boston Wine Expo

Besides being a culinary mecca, Boston is also the seventh largest wine market in the United States, so it is only fitting to host a wine expo in this booming city. This year, guests can expect additional seminars, vintner dinners at exclusive restaurants, more wine buyers, cuisines from a broader assortment of restaurants and a Vintner's Reserve Wine Lounge. Participants also can sample more than 2,000 wines from 185-plus wineries that span the globe. The culinary demonstrations (free on a first-come, first served basis) are exciting to witness: Picture how heated the kitchen can get when two renowned chefs hop onstage to showcase their talents. Consider purchasing VIP tickets for front-of-the-line entry, a Champagne toast, a SWAG bag and access to an exclusive VIP lounge. To purchase tickets or learn more, visit the Boston Wine Expo official website

February 18-March 5
Montréal, Canada

Montréal en Lumière

The night is lit up at Montrel en Lumiere where the city celebrates arts, music and fantistic cuisine and wine

The Montréal en Lumière, formally known as Montréal High Lights Festival, enters its 17th year with an array of activities sure to warm up those cold Canadian winter nights. More than 500 speakers, chefs and vintners congregate to present delectable cuisine and wine. The festival also celebrates the arts with music, theater and dance performances, as well as circus acts. Plus, an outdoor venue offers tons of free activities for the entire family. The finale of the event rings in Nuit Blanche with more than 200 fun-filled activities. For additional details, call 855-864-3737 or visit the Montréal en Lumière official website

Craft beer is served on tap during the Untapped event at Parksville Uncorked

Parksville Uncorked showcases the bounty of delectable cuisine and wine in British Columbia. Featured are prestigious chefs, sommeliers and vintners from various regions of Canada, who present their finest dishes and wines. The weekend starts with Untapped, which highlights regional breweries and pairs their brews and craft beers with complementary cuisine. At Swirl the following day, guests convene at the Beach Club Resort to savor food and wine pairings. There are also Winemaker Dinners and a Bubbles & Brunch at the Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort. Tickets range from $55 to $150 depending on the event, and packages are available as well. For more information, visit the Parksville Uncorked official website


February 19-21
Kiawah Island, SC

8th Annual Gourmet & Grapes

Chefs prepare delectable eats at the Wine Odyssey Gala, one of the highlights of the Gourmet & Grapes event

The Gourmet & Grapes at The Sanctuary brings together food and wine enthusiasts from around the world for a weekend of glamorous events at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Opening night features An Epicurean Affair, a black-tie dinner headlined by chef Steven Greene and three James Beard Award Nominees: Colin Bedford, Mike Lata and three-star Michelin chef Curtis Duffy from Grace Restaurant in Chicago. The Saturday Gourmet Culinary Luncheon will include a special demonstration by three-time James Beard Award Nominee Anthony Lamas of Seviche Restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky. The Wine Odyssey Gala at The Sanctuary is the highlight of the weekend, with a cocktail hour, silent and live auctions, the opportunity to meet the chefs and sample their culinary creations, as well as music and dancing at the Champagne & Chocolates Afterglow bash. A golf outing on Sunday gives guests the chance to compete with the event's renowned chefs. Proceeds benefit the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Kiawah Island Golf Resort official website


February 20-21
Seattle, WA

The Seattle Wine and Food Experience

Picture-perfect seafood dishes served at Pop!, one of the main events during the Seattle Wine and Food festival

Enjoy two days filled with tasty wine, beer, spirits and food at the Seattle Wine and Food Experience. Since 2009, the festival has featured the best wines from Washington and abroad, as well as a multitude of culinary creations by Seattle's most talented chefs. Events include Wines From Around the World, which offers more than 100 wines to sample, as well as beer and food pairings, culinary demos and a Ste. Michelle Estates tasting. To kick off the weekend, Seattle Magazine will present Pop!, a fun dining experience that will pair sparkling wine, cider and beer with seafood dishes by Seattle's top restaurants. General admission tickets are $55; VIP, $70. Tickets for POP! are $65. For more information, visit the Seattle Wine and Food Experience official website


February 24-28
Miami, FL

South Beach Wine & Food Festival

Celebrity chef Todd English serves up some grub at SOBE's Tacos After Dark event in Miami, FL

The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Food & Wine magazine brings together renowned chefs, culinary experts and top wine and spirit producers to host an array of activities over a four-day weekend in Miami. With the event in its 15th year, the 2016 SOBEWFF may be the best yet. A highlight of the event's lineup is Tacos After Dark, presented by Casamigos Tequila. Aaron Sanchez is the host for the night as acclaimed chefs show off their skills and take taco crafting to a new level. Also, enjoy a bevy of wine seminars, tastings and even yoga sessions! Prominent chefs scheduled to make an appearance are Tom Colicchio, Todd English, Giada De Laurentiis, Geoffrey Zakarian, Marcus Samuelsson and more. To find additional details or purchase tickets, visit the SOBE WFF official website


February 25-27
San Francisco, CA

Zinfandel Experience

Learn about the American Zinfandel through exciting tastings and educational seminars at the Zinfandel Experience taking place in San Francisco, CA at the Four Seasons Hotel

The 25th annual Zinfandel Experience runs for three days at the Presidio of San Francisco and Four Season Hotel San Francisco. The event is organized by ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates and Producers), whose primary initiative is to broaden the public's knowledge of American Zinfandel and its place in American history and culture. There are four main events, starting with the Epicuria Food & Zin Pairing. The Epicuria is a perfect opportunity to mix and mingle with winemakers, fellow oenophiles and connoisseurs of the culinary world. Wineries are paired with particular restaurants: Andis Wines with Stanley's Steakhouse, Brazin Cellars with Sauce, and Dry Creek Vineyard with Bistro Boudin, to name a few. On the second day, Flights! Forums of Flavor offers a tasting of superlative Zinfandel wines; later that evening, guests attend a Winemakers benefit dinner. The event culminates in The Tasting, a six-hour affair in which 100 wineries will be pouring samples of their premium Zinfandels. For more information, visit the Zinfandel Experience official website


Annual Calendar

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There's always more to learn about wine. Take part in a class, a wine and cheese pairing or a fancy prix-fixe meal at these events across the country.

Eat, drink and celebrate at these festivals, special dinners, happy hours, cooking classes and more from Los Angeles to New York to London.