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January 2016 Food & Wine Events Calendar

A chef garnishes his ravioli with black truffle shavings at the Napa Truffle Festival in Napa Valley, CA

Seasonal Tip:
It's OYSTER harvesting time.
This is the season for tangerines, oranges and wild mushrooms like TRUFFLES, as well as Camembert and blue cheeses. Look for these ingredients in markets and on restaurant menus.

January 4-8
Riviera Maya, Mexico

The Jackson Family Wines Culinary Series

Charred octopus & pork belly served at the Gala Dinner during The Jackson Family Wines Culinary Series in Riviera Maya, Mexico

After capping off a successful year with the award-winning Karisma hotel group, The Jackson Family Wines Culinary Series is back for 2016. For the first full week of every month, guests can partake in a variety of food and wine events at the stunning El Dorado Resort & Spa in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Find everything from vertical tastings to cooking classes, special wine pairings and the highlight of the series — an exclusive, culminating dinner with the noted guest chef and wine master of the week. For this month's Gala Dinner, expect to see James Beard Award Nominee and executive chef Cristian Rebolledo of the T&C Collection of Restaurants pair up with wine master Erin Minnihan the region manager at Jackson Family Wines. Guests may experience the week-long series a-la-carte style, starting at $35 per event, or enjoy them all for an additional $300 to the cost of their stay. For more information and scheduling details, visit the Karisma Hotels & Resorts official website

January 10-February 4
Yosemite National Park, CA

2016 Chefs' Holidays

Hors d'oeuvres are served at the Chef’s Holidays reception ceremony, held annually at The Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park, CA

Every January and February, The Ahwahnee Hotel welcomes guests to participate in its trademark event — Chefs' Holidays — for a culinary experience of a lifetime. During each two- to three-day session, attendees have an opportunity to meet renowned chefs, attend cooking demonstrations, witness a behind-the-scenes tour of the hotel's kitchen and enjoy a sumptuous dinner prepared by the session's headlining cook. This year's noted chefs include Ken Frank, who will spearhead the series, followed by (to name a few) Mark Liberman of AQ in San Francisco; Amanda Cohen of Dirt Candy in New York; Tanya Holland of Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland, California; and Suzanne Goin, who has prepared meals for President Barack Obama and the first lady. For more information about this event series, visit the Chefs' Holidays official website

January 14-17
Cayman Islands

Cayman Cookout 2016

Travel to the tropics for a weekend of food, wine and fun at the Cayman Cookout

Escape for the weekend to the tropical paradise of the Cayman Islands and take part in the culinary adventures of this year's Cayman Cookout. Acclaimed chef Eric Ripert will helm the event, and be accompanied by celebrity chefs Anthony Bourdain, Tom Colicchio, Cindy Hutson, Michael Mina and more. Guests can enjoy plenty of activities, including a wine fair and auction, cooking demonstrations, lunches and reserved tastings and a signature barefoot barbeque event underneath the stars. Choose between a pre-packaged selection of curated activities that come in the Sous Chef, Executive Chef or Master Chef bundles or attend these events a la carte. It is the perfect chance to soak in the sun, savor delicious food and drink and mingle with fellow epicureans and oenophiles. To purchase tickets or find more information about this event, visit the Cayman Cookout official website

January 15-17
Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe Foodie Classic

Santa Fe Foodie Classic will host a secret basket competition where three local chefs will compete for a grand prize to Aspen

For the first time this year, the Santa Fe Foodie Classic will take place from January 15 to 17 in New Mexico to celebrate Southwestern flavors and cuisine. The festival is created by François Pasquier, who founded popular events like Diner en Blanc and Christmas at Hogwarts. In true celebration of this Southwestern city, events are hosted at several venues across Santa Fe including the Convention Center and the luxurious Eldorado Hotel & Spa. Guests can take part in a Seven Deadly Sins VIP Dinner party featuring a gourmet seven-course meal prepared by Chef Tony Smith and pairings. There is also a grand tasting held at the Convention Center and a competition that will take place at the Santa Fe School of Cooking, where local chefs will compete in a three-course race to win a trip to the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, visit the Santa Fe Foodie Classic official website

January 15-18
Napa Valley, CA

Napa Truffle Festival

Event-goers prepare to forage for wild mushrooms during the Napa Truffle Festival in Napa Valley, CA

The sixth annual Napa Truffle Festival will be hosted by renowned truffle expert and chef Ken Frank, who will be joined by David Barzelay, Stefano Ciotti and Rick Tramonto. While the festival definitely features delectable cuisines, it also proves to be educational. Guests have a unique opportunity to attend seminars about truffles and their cultivation process, forage for wild mushrooms in the forest and tour a truffle orchard. Later, a lunch and wine pairing at the Peju Province Winery and St. Supery Estate Vineyards & Winery offer palatable fare, fine wines and beautiful scenery. On the final day of the event, the Napa Truffle Festival Marketplace takes place, where guests can enjoy cooking demos, buy specialty goods and browse participating merchants' wares. For those who'd like to experience everything the festival has to offer, two special packages are available: the Epicurean and the Grand Truffle Weekend. For additional information, visit the Napa Truffle Festival official website

January 16-17, 22-24 & 29-31
Newberg & Yamhill Valley & Eugene, OR

Oregon Truffle Festival

Guests enjoy the culinary delicacies of truffles at the Better Together dinner during the Oregon Truffle Festival in Newberg, OR

The truffle industry in Oregon has remained under the radar for quite some time, but the annual Oregon Truffle Festival may change that through its celebration of the seasonal delicacies. The multi-destination festival spans three weekends in January and takes place in Newberg, Yamhill Valley and Eugene, respectively. It features activities like truffle and wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, foraging for mushrooms and the Better Together: Black & White Dinner Series prepared by Portland's elite chefs. As part of the festival's effort to educate attendees about Oregon's production of the delicacies, there is a Truffle Growers' Forum where expert harvesters discuss truffle agriculture and marketing. Guests can also participate in a hands-on cooking class to hone their culinary skills, and compete in The Joriad North American Truffle Dog Championship, where they can witness harvesters and their dogs hunt for truffles. To purchase tickets or find more information for this event, visit the Oregon Truffle Festival official website

January 21-24
Beaver Creek, CO

Beaver Creek Winter Culinary Weekend

Beaver Creek in Colorado hosts an annual event featuring gourmet food, spirits and skiing galore

Food & Wine magazine is hosting the fifth annual Beaver Creek Winter Culinary Weekend in Colorado this January. Held at the enchanting Beaver Creek Ski Resort, the event offers delicious food, quality wine and plenty of skiing. Each day's itinerary provides a healthy balance of indoor and outdoor activities. For instance: On day two, embark on a guided snowshoe tour of the resort's most secluded areas followed by a gourmet, multicourse lunch and wine pairing. There is also ample time to ski thanks to the popular Ski.Eat.Ski event, a five-hour block where instructors guide you in exploring the mountainous terrain of Beaver Creek. Throughout the four-day weekend, enjoy culinary and spirit tastings, meet-and-greets with celebrity chefs and a benefit brunch that has chefs competing in a ski race to raise money for their charity of choice. To learn more about the event and ticket prices, visit the Beaver Creek Winter Culinary Weekend official website

January 29-31
Naples, FL

Naples Winter Wine Festival

Raise money for various children's charities while tasting wine at Naples Winter Wine Festival

What can be better than enjoying sumptuous wine and tasty fare, while raising money for a noble cause? Since 2001, the NCEF (Naples Children & Education Foundation) has annually hosted the Naples Winter Wine Festival to benefit charities dedicated to helping underprivileged and at-risk children in Collier County, Florida. The fundraiser gives participants an opportunity to meet with various charity organizations and the children they benefit. This year's event, "Great Expectations," is sure to be a success, as there will be more than 60 auction lots to bid on including the first Rolls-Royce Dawn to be delivered in North America! If that hasn't whet your appetite, the festival will also feature dining events headed by renowned chefs such as Rick Tramonto, as well as wine tastings and meetings with internationally recognized sommeliers including Gillian Ballance and Bob Bath. To be a part of the fundraising event or find more information, visit the Naples Winter Wine Festival official website

January 29-31
Uncasville, CT

Sun Wine Fest

Sample more than 1,000 wines and beers at Sun Wine Fest in Uncasville, CT

Join the 13th annual Sun Wine Fest at the Mohegan Sun for three days of exciting events, including bourbon tasting presented by Jim Beam and the Elite Cru Tasting. Here, guests can sample the best vintages available internationally and get up-close and personal with the winemakers themselves. One of the major highlights is the Grand Tasting on Saturday and Sunday, where attendees can sample more than 1,000 wines and beers! Also not to be overlooked is the Celebrity Chef Dine Around, where renowned chefs like Rocco DiSpirito, create amazing dishes paired with a wine or beer that best complements the victuals. For more information, visit the Sun Wine Fest official website

January 26-28
Sacramento, CA

Unified Wine and Grape Symposium

The Unified Wine and Grape Symposium introduces attendees to more than 80 speakers and 600 wine exhibitors

The countdown is underway for the 2016 Unified Wine and Grape Symposium at the Sacramento Convention Center, where there will be scores of educational exhibits and presentations for winemakers, grape growers and other attendees to enjoy. The three-day conference provides the latest news and in-depth information for those in the wine and grape production business. More than 80 guest speakers in the field of viticulture will present new research in their lectures during the event. The symposium is a great opportunity for professionals to network and to stay current with changes in the wine and grape industry. For more information, visit the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium official website

January 27-31
Taos Ski Valley, NM

Taos Winter Wine Festival

Guests enjoy a Sunday Champagne brunch at the Taos Winter Wine Festival in Taos Ski Valley, NM

The 30th annual Taos Winter Wine Festival is a wonderful weekend getaway for those who appreciate excellent food and libations. Guests can take part in tasting events, where they can sample wines from more than 36 vineyards and cuisine from acclaimed Taos restaurants. Seminars take the wine tasting experience to new levels, and a Sunday brunch has plenty of sparklers to choose from. And when guests aren't reveling in the flavors of exquisite food and drinks, they can explore the slopes of Taos to squeeze some skiing into the weekend. For more information, visit the Taos Winter Wine Festival official website

Annual Calendar


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.