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March 2016 Events Calendar

Mingle with Charleston's finest culinary talent over craft beer, wine and gourmet eats at The Charleston Wine + Food Festival

March 2-5
Las Vegas, NV

6th Annual Universal Whisky Experience Taste hundreds of rare whiskies and meet the Master Distillers themselves at the 6th Annual Universal Whisky Experience in Las Vegas, Nevada

For the first time in the history of culinary events, there will be a luxury whisky-tasting show at the Universal Whisky Experience held in Las Vegas, Nevada, from March 2 to 5. The four-day event was founded six years ago by Mahesh Patel, a real estate developer and whisky enthusiast who wanted to share his love of the decadent spirit with the world. During the event, there will be exclusive tastings of fine, quality whiskies and opportunities to meet experts in the field, including Master Distillers and Blenders. There will also be a Brand Master Class on Friday where connoisseurs and collectors can mingle and share their knowledge over a few rare glasses of whisky.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Universal Whisky Experience official website

March 2-6
Reykjavik, Iceland

Food & Fun Fest in Reykjavik

Here's your guide to Iceland while you're at the event.

March 2-6
Charleston, SC

Charleston Wine + Food Festival Guests can enjoy an elegant outdoor dinner at the Charleston Wine + Food Festival in South Carolina

This fabulous event provides an unending variety of delicious food and drink to indulge in, allowing guests to truly immerse themselves in the essence of Charleston. The festival promotes the gastronomic culture of the city, proving why it is such a hot spot for foodies from around the world. If you are new to the festival, plan to attend two events per day to get the best experience. Options include a wine demonstration by the Mondavi family, a bourbon workshop, cooking classes with guest chefs and beverage seminars at the Culinary Institute of Charleston. There are budget-friendly packages available for under $100. Proceeds go to various culinary scholarships and the Green Heart Project.

To learn more or purchase tickets, visit the Charleston Wine + Food official website

March 2-9
Paris, France

Paris Fashion Week

Everything you need to prepare for the Paris Fashion Week is here.

March 3-5
Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati International Wine FestivalThere are over 700 wines to taste at the 26th Annual Cincinnati International Wine Festival in Ohio

This festival was launched in 1991 to celebrate the wine industry and support Cincinnati's local charities. Since its inception, it has raised over 4 million dollars for non-profit organizations that support the arts, education and health services. Over the course of the weekend, guests can partake in dinners prepared by renowned chefs and winemakers. The Grand Tastings are the main attraction and provide hundreds of wines to sample. There is also a golf tournament and silent and live auctions where bidders can vie for limited-release wines, wine cellar tours and fun trips!

For more event and ticket information, visit the Cincinnati International Wine Festival official website

March 4-5
Santa Barbara, CA

16th Annual World of Pinot NoirEnjoy Pinot Noir and Burgundy tastings during the 16th Annual World of Pinot Noir in Santa Barbara, CA

This special wine event takes place near beautiful Santa Barbara at the Bacara Resort & Spa. This year marks the 16th anniversary and it will bring wine producers and wine connoisseurs together for a weekend filled with interesting activities. For two days, enjoy Pinot Noir and Burgundy tasting seminars, Grand Tastings, gourmet lunches prepared by elite chefs and screenings of wine-themed films. The list of participating wineries for 2016 includes Alta Maria Vineyards, Beauregard Vineyards, Bonterra, CRU Wine Company and Chateau St. John, to name a few, and there will be an exclusive panel of sommeliers attending the event. Day and weekend passes are available.

For more information, visit the World of Pinot Noir official website

March 4-13
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne Food & Wine Festival
The Costardi brothers are among the international chef guests at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

A food and wine festival of grand proportions. Find everything from tasting events to cooking classes to celebrity chef dinners from around the world. To learn more or purchase tickets, visit the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival official website

Plus, make sure to read up on GAYOT's 72-hour guide to Melbourne before the festival.

March 4-6 & 11-13
Northern Sonoma County, CA

38th Annual Wine Road Barrel Tasting
Sample limited-release wines at the Wine Road Barrel Tasting in Sonoma County, California

More than 100 wineries from the Northern Sonoma County region will participate in this wine tasting event, and attendees will have the chance to visit a variety of these and enjoy special tastings. Several wineries will offer samples of limited current release wines and give guests the unique opportunity to buy "futures" on barrel samples, which are bottled and available to pick up about a year from the purchase date. The event focuses solely on wine and wine tasting, so it is encouraged that participants pack lunches. Tickets are available at a lesser price for designated drivers.

For more information about this event and others, visit the Wine Road official website

March 5
Portland, OR

32nd Annual Classic Wines AuctionA photo from the 2015 edition of the Classic Wines Auction in Portland, the largest charity auction in Oregon

Enjoy delicious wine and cuisine while raising funds to benefit charities! The Classic Wines Auction will take place at the Oregon Convention Center, and will include a wine and food tasting reception, a silent and live auction and a five-course menu paired with fine wines. Attire is black-tie and the event will host over 900 attendees, from oenophiles to significant public figures. Last year's event generated close to 3.5 million dollars for charities, and this year, the five featured charities will be Metropolitan Family Service, New Avenues for Youth, Friends of the Children, YWCA Clark County, and the Randall Children's Hospital. The auction's honorary wine ambassadors will include Sassicaia, Silver Oak Cellars and Archery Summit Winery.

To purchase tickets or find more information, visit the Classic Wines Auction official website

March 5
San Francisco, CA

10th Annual San Francisco International Chocolate Salon
Indulge in chocolate tastings and wine pairings at the San Francisco International Chocolate Salon

Chocolate lovers and connoisseurs are in for a scrumptious treat at the San Francisco International Chocolate Salon. Chocolate has been a coveted delicacy for centuries, and this Bay area event shows why it continues to be such a tempting indulgence. Attendees will have the opportunity to partake in chocolate tastings and wine pairings, listen in on celebrity chef and author discussions, view a Chocolate Art gallery and enjoy games. The line-up for 2016 boasts a number of interesting television personalities and guest speakers.

To get your tickets, visit the International Chocolate Salon official website

March 5-6
Amador County, CA

Behind the Cellar Door
Behind the Cellar Door in Amador County, California, features acres of family-owned wineries

Behind the Cellar Door is a weekend event presented by the Amador Vintners Association to display the region's finest wines. The association comprises 40 wineries that are small and family-owned, offering intimate settings to sample wines. Some of the wineries that participants can visit include Amador Cellars, Cooper Vineyards, Feist Wines, Sobon Estate and Story Winery. Guests can sip Mediterranean varietals, Zinfandel, Chenin Blanc and several other artisan offerings depending on the winery visited. This occasion also offers informative seminars on wine topics to expand attendees' knowledge. The event is a wonderful opportunity to both taste and learn about the finely crafted wines of Amador County.

For more information, visit the Amador Vintners official website

March 9-12
Los Angeles, CA

All-Star Chef Classic
The French Masters Dinner from the 2015 edition of the All-Star Chef Classic hosted by L.A. LIVE in Downtown Los Angeles, CA

The All-Star Chef Classic return to "Restaurant Stadium" at L.A. LIVE this March, and will feature the talents of more than 40 chefs including Alain Ducasse, Carrie Nahabedian, Edward Lee, Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo and José Andrés. A small arena will let VIP ticketholders sit kitchen-side close to the action. There will be seven events throughout the weekend, among them the French Masters Dinner, American Masters Dinner, an East West Masters Dinner and Grill & Chill. Tickets start at $85.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the All-Star Chef Classic official webite

March 11-13
McMinnville, OR

23rd Annual McMinnville Wine & Food Classic
Guests explore vendor booths at the Minnville Wine & Food Classic in Oregon

This event takes place at the Evergreen Space Museum and benefits St. James Catholic School. There are several participants from the wine, food, and art industries, and renowned chefs from the Northwest will be providing delicious fare. Guests can also listen as wine producers and vintners discuss their trade, and will have the opportunity to purchase bottles from several wineries. General admission starts at $17 and a three-day pass is only $32. They even offer $15 tickets for designated drivers.

For additional information, visit the McMinnville Wine & Food Classic official website

March 13

Daylight Savings Time Begins

March 16-20
Mammoth Lakes, CA

Mammoth Gay Ski Week

Hit the slopes then hit the dancefloor at this fun-packed Gay Ski Week on Mammoth Mountain in California

Switch up your nightlife routine during Mammoth Gay Ski Week, where you can enjoy huge dance parties with well-known DJ's while also getting in some quality time on the snow. Hosted at one of the best ski resorts in California, this event is guaranteed to offer fun activities for the gay and lesbian community as well as anyone else who loves music, food and hitting the slopes!

You may call 310-403-0087 for more information, or visit the Mammoth Gay Ski Week official website

March 17-20
Sarasota, FL

Florida Winefest and Auction
This four-day event allows guests to indulge in fine wine and cuisine

This four-day event allows guests to imbibe in fine wine and cuisine, and help raise funds for charity. On opening day, attend winemaker dinners at select venues with dishes prepared by top chefs, or go downtown, where the popular Banquet on the Block offers quality wines and local fare. At the Grand Tasting and auction, you can sample wines from 50 featured wineries and mingle with vintners. The auction will give participants the chance to bid on limited-edition wines, cars and exciting travel destinations. On the fourth day, the Winefest concludes with an afternoon of wine tasting by the water, where guests can relax and take in the scenery. Proceeds from the event will go to charities such as HOPE Family Services, F.E.L.T., and Community Haven.

You may call 941-952-1109 for more information, or visit the Florida Winefest and Auction official website

March 17

St. Patrick's Day

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March 18-20
Melbourne, Australia

2016 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix

Find out more about this racing event and others with GAYOT's Auto Racing Guide.

March 18-20
Paso Robles, CA

Vintage Paso: Zinfandel Weekend
Embark on excursions to various vineyards to learn the intricacies of wine at Vintage Paso

The Vintage Paso event is a wonderful way to become acquainted with the wine varietals of the region, with more than 120 wineries participating. Over the course of three days, there are wine and chocolate pairings, winemaker dinners, barbecues, live entertainment and excursions to various vineyards. The event is a relaxing experience, allowing you to move at your own pace and experience what the region has to offer.

To find more information and tickets, visit the Paso Robles Wine Country official website

March 19-20
Sonoma County, CA

2016 Savor Sonoma Valley
Wine and dine for a day or two at Savor Sonoma Valley

Sonoma is lauded globally for its premium wines, and, for the 25th year, the Heart of Sonoma Valley Association invites visitors to come sample its finest output at this renowned wine and food event. There are one-day and two-day passes available, and over the course of the weekend, guests can visit more than 20 wineries and participate in barrel and reserve tastings of vintage wines. Attendees can also sample dishes prepared by local chefs and meet with winemakers. Live music and work from acclaimed Sonoma artists will also be on-hand for this wine country celebration.

For more information, visit the Heart of Sonoma Valley official website

March 19-20
Hermann, MO

36th Annual Hermann Wurstfest
Hermann Wurstfest in Missouri

Wurstfest is an enjoyable event for Hermann locals and visitors alike. The town has a rich German culture and a beautiful landscape, and National Geographic pegged it as one of America's best "Adventure Towns." Vendors will be offering all types of sausage for attendees to sample and savor, and guests can observe professional sausage makers execute their craft. Listen to live German folk music while watching an amateur sausage competition or attend the Sunday Wiener Dog Derby. The festival is open to all ages and is great fun for families.

To purchase tickets, visit the Experience Hermann official website

March 20

First Day of Spring

March 22

World Water Day

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March 27
Wherever Celebrated

Easter Sunday

March 30-April 3
Vail, CO

26th Annual Taste of Vail
Taste food and wine from more than 30 local chefs and wineries in an enchanting atmosphere at the Taste of Vail in Colorado

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 2015 Rosé offering more than 100 rosé varietals to sample, from semi-sweet to very dry. The American Lamb Cook-Off and Après Ski Tasting 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 more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Taste of Vail official website

March 31-April 3
Seattle, WA

Taste Washington
Taste food and wine from local chefs and wineries at Taste Washington in Seattle

Taste Washington gives guests the opportunity to taste different wine varietals from across the state. Washington contains numerous wineries and vineyards that are producing premium wines, and attendees can savor what this northwestern wine country has to offer. Learn about Washington wine by attending insightful seminars hosted by respected experts and sommeliers, taste food by local chefs and participate in wine and food pairings.

For more details, visit the Taste Washington Seattle official website

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