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February 2015 Food & Wine Events Calendar

People sipping and sampling at the Boston Wine Expo

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


February 6-8
Kiawah Island, SC

7th Annual Gourmet & Grapes

The Gourmet & Grapes event takes place at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

The Gourmet & Grapes at The Sanctuary at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort attracts both food and wine novices and connoisseurs, and offers a weekend filled with glamorous events. On opening night, there is An Epicurean Affair, a black-tie dinner with a menu prepared by four former chefs of the famed Woodlands Inn of Summerville, SC. The Saturday Gourmet Culinary Luncheon will commence with commentary from food writer and critic Hanna Raskin, followed by a special demonstration by executive chef Tyler Brown of Nashville's Hermitage Hotel. The Wine Odyssey Gala at The Sanctuary is the highlight of the weekend with a cocktail hour, silent & live auctions, the opportunity to meet the chefs and sample their culinary creations, and music and dancing at the Champagne & Chocolates Afterglow bash. New for 2015 will be a golf outing on Sunday where guests will have the chance to play golf with the event's renowned chefs. Proceeds benefit the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina. To purchase tickets, go to www.kiawahresort.com



February 7
New York, NY

NYC Winter Wine Festival VI
Munch on cheeses and breads with your wine tasting while listening to live jazz at the NYC Winter Wine Festival

Guests can warm up at the NYC Winter Wine Festival with more than 250 wines to select and sample, and plenty of gourmet morsels to indulge in. The event is divided into two sessions, the first from 3-6 p.m. and the second from 8-11 p.m. Live jazz music will accompany attendees' wine tasting experience in the Best Buy Theatre Broadway. There are also VIP wine classes available. and each guest is given a wine glass they can use throughout the tasting and take home as a memento. For more information, go to www.nywinefestivals.com


February 14-15
Boston, MA

Boston Wine Expo

Be ready to taste wines from all over the globe 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 that the Boston Wine Expo is a significant occasion. The 2015 edition features additional seminars, vintner dinners at exclusive restaurants, more wine buyers, cuisines from a broader assortment of restaurants, and a Vintner's Reserve Wine Lounge to highlight a few. Participants can sample more than 2,000 wines from over 185 wineries that span the globe. The culinary demonstrations are free on a first come, first serve basis. Witness how heated the kitchen can get as two stages showcase the talents of renowned chefs from Boston and New England. 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, visit www.wine-expos.com

February 19-March 1
Montréal, Canada

Montréal en Lumière

The Montréal en Lumière event knows how to light up the night at their venue with a dazzling display of lights

The Montréal en Lumière, formally known as Montréal High Lights Festival, is entering its 16th year, and it is sure to warm up those cold Canadian winter nights with an entertaining array of activities. Over 500 chefs, wine producers, and speakers congregate at this event to present delectable cuisine and wine to the public. The festival also focuses on the arts with music, theatre, and dance performances, as well as a unique display of circus arts, and there is a free outdoor site with tons of activities for adults and children. The finale of the event rings in "Nuit Blanche" with over 200 fun-filled activities for locals and tourists to partake in. For more details, see www.montrealenlumiere.com or call 855-864-3737


February 19-22
Miami, FL

South Beach Wine & Food Festival
Chefs, including Aaron Sanchez, host events during The South Beach Wine & Food Festival

The South Beach Wine & Food Festival has been bringing together renowned chefs, culinary experts, and top wine and spirit producers to host an array of events over the four-day weekend. In its 14th year, the 2015 SOBE Festival may be the best one yet. New to the lineup is the "Tacos After Dark" event presented by Casamigos Tequila. Aaron Sanchez is the host for the night as acclaimed taco chefs show off their taco-making skills and take it to a completely new level. Other prominent chefs scheduled to make an appearance are Michael Chiarello, Giada DeLaurentiis, Geoffrey Zakarian, Marcus Samuelsson, among others. Also, enjoy a bevy of wine seminars, tastings, and even yoga sessions! More info at sobefest.com


February 19-22
Vancouver, Canada

7th Annual Parksville Uncorked
Guests take home goodies such as wine glasses from Canada's event Parksville Uncorked

Parksville Uncorked showcases the bounty of delectable cuisine and wine of British Columbia. Featured are prestigious chefs, sommeliers and winemakers from various regions of Canada, who present the finest dishes and wines they have to offer. The weekend commences with Untapped, which highlights regional breweries and pairs their brews and craft beers with complementary culinary dishes. At Swirl the following day, guests convene at the Beach Club Resort to imbibe in 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 www.parksvilleuncorked.com


February 22
Seattle, WA

The Seattle Wine and Food ExperienceAttendees wander the exhibit space for tastings at The Seattle Wine and Food Experience

Enjoy two days filled with tasty wine, beer, spirits and delicious food! 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 the "Wines from Around the World" tasting, where more than 100 wines will be available 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 seafood dishes by Seattle's top restaurants with sparkling wine, cider and beer. General admission tickets are $55, VIP are $70. Tickets for the event POP! are $65. To purchase tickets, visit seattlewineandfoodexperience.com


February 28
Kerikeri, NZ

Ocean & Orchard Wine & Food Festival

Local artists perform while attendees sip and snack at the Ocean & Orchard Wine & Food Festival

Escape to New Zealand for a food and wine extravaganza! The event showcases cuisine and wines from the northern region and will take place in Kerikeri, which boasts a mélange of cafés, museums, designer shops and top restaurants and wineries. More than 30 booths will be set up to offer samples of various wines and culinary creations. There will be seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes and wines such as Syrah, Merlot and Chambourcin produced by local vineyards. Shaded gazebos are also available so that you can sip and snack in comfort. Tickets are $25 for general admission. For more information, visit oceanandorchardfestival.co.nz



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