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March 2015 Food & Wine Events Calendar

Mingle with Charleston's finest culinary talent at The Charleston Wine and Food Festival

Seasonal Tip:
SPRING LAMB comes fresh to markets this month. Also, asparagus is harvested and the year's Brie is ripe.



March 4-8
Charleston, SC

10th Annual BB&T Charleston Wine and Food Festival Get a taste of Southern cuisine at the Charleston Wine and Food Festival

This fabulous event provides an unending variety of delicious food and drink to indulge in so that guests can 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, such as a wine demonstration by the Mondavi family, a bourbon workshop, cooking classes with guest chefs, or beverage seminars at the Culinary Institute of Charleston. There are budget-friendly packages available under $100. Proceeds go to various culinary scholarships and the Green Heart Project. To learn more, go to charlestonwineandfood.com

March 5-7
Cincinnati, OH

25th Annual Cincinnati International Wine FestivalCincinnati International Wine Festival, one of the Midwest's largest annual wine and food events

This festival was launched in 1991 to celebrate the wine industry and support Cincinnati's local charities. Since its inception, it has raised over four 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 where they can enjoy food and wine pairings 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, go to www.winefestival.com

March 6-7
Santa Barbara, CA

15th Annual World of Pinot Noir Event
Attend tasting seminars at World of Pinot Noir in beautiful Santa Barbara

This special wine event takes place near beautiful Santa Barbara at the Bacara Resort & Spa. This year marks the Crystal 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 2015 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. Visit www.worldofpinotnoir.com for more information.

March 6-8 & March 13-15
Northern Sonoma County, CA

37th Annual Barrel Tasting Wine Road
Sample tasting of limited current release wines at the Barrel Tasting Wine Road event

More than 100 wineries of 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 of purchasing "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 bring packed lunches. Advance tickets go on sale January 23, 2015, and there are tickets available at a lesser price for designated drivers. For more information, visit www.wineroad.com


March 7
Portland, OR

31st Annual Classic Wines AuctionA photo from the 2012 edition of the Classic Wines Auction in Portland, the largest charity auction in Oregon

Enjoy delicious wines 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 for 2015, 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, go to www.classicwinesauction.com

March 7-8
Amador County, CA

Behind the Cellar Door
Behind the Cellar Door in Amador County, CA features many 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 participants can visit include Amador Cellars, Cooper Vineyards, Feist Wines, Sobon Estate and Story Winery. Guests can sip Mediterranean wine, Zinfandel, Chenin Blanc and several other kinds of artisan wine depending on the winery visited. This occasion also offers informative seminars on wine topics to expand attendees' knowledge of wine. The event is a wonderful opportunity to both taste and learn about the finely crafted wines of Amador County. For more information, visit www.amadorwine.com

March 12-15
Cancun, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival
Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival in Quintana Roo, Mexico, showcases 40 chefs and sommeliers from over ten countries

Escape to Cancun and enjoy a luxurious weekend of sumptuous fare and deliciously concocted wine and spirits. Over the course of the four-day event, guests can attend dinners, cooking classes, chef conferences, food, wine, and spirits tastings, and go on a celebrity yacht cruise. The fiesta is never-ending with distinguished chefs creating tasty fare, hosting events, and speaking at food seminars during the festival. The four-day getaway is the perfect opportunity to immerse in glamour and entertainment all weekend long. For more information, visit dev.crmfest.com

March 13-15
McMinnville, OR

22nd Annual McMinnville Wine & Food Classic
Guests explore vendor participants 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 wine from several wineries. A three-day pass is only $32. Visit sipclassic.org for additional information.

March 15
San Francisco, CA

9th Annual San Francisco International Chocolate Salon
Indulge in chocolate tastings and wine pairings at San Francisco International Chocolate Salon

Chocolate lovers and connoisseurs are in for a scrumptious treat at the San Francisco International Chocolate Salon. Centuries ago, chocolate was once a delicacy of the elite, 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, wine pairings, listen in on celebrity chef and author discussions, view a Chocolate Art gallery and enjoy games. The line-up for 2015 will present a round of interesting T.V. personalities and guest speakers. To get your tickets, go to www.sfchocolatesalon.com

March 19-22
Sarasota, FL

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

This four-day event allows guests to imbibe in the finest 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 is hosted to sample good wines and savor local fare. At the Grand Tasting and auction, you can sample wines from 50 featured wineries and mingle with vintners. The 2015 auction will give participants the chance to bid on limited edition wines, a 2015 Jeep Wrangler, 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. Visit floridawinefest.org or call 941-952-1109 for more information.


March 20-21
Atlantic City, NJ

10th Annual Atlantic City Beer Festival

Sample a diverse collection of brews and ales at the Atlantic City Beer Festival

Now in its tenth year, the Atlantic City Beer Festival has become the nation's biggest annual beer event. Also known as "The Celebration of the Suds," this celebration allows beer lovers to sample a diverse collection of brews and ales from 150 breweries. The festival offers a great chance to meet and chat with brewers and learn about their craft and their companies. To complement the beer tastings, some of the city's best restaurants will cook up mouth-watering dishes, and there will be cooking demonstrations by local chefs. To join in on the fun, go to www.acbeerfest.com


March 20-22
Paso Robles, CA

Vintage Paso: Zinfandel and Other Wild Wines
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, barbeques, 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 get more information and tickets, go to www.pasowine.com

March 21-22
Sonoma County, CA

25th Annual Savor Sonoma Valley
Wine and dine for a day or two at Savor Sonoma Valley

Sonoma is lauded globally for the premium wines the region produces, and, for the 25th year, the Heart of Sonoma Valley Association presents its 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 2014 vintage wines. You can also sample dishes prepared by local chefs and meet with winemakers. Enjoy live music and the chance to view the artwork of Sonoma artists. Visit www.heartofsonomavalley.com for more information.

March 25-April 4
Singapore

18th Annual World Gourmet Summit
Haute cuisine at the World Gourmet Summit in Singapore

The World Gourmet Summit allows epicureans and oenophiles to congregate and immerse in the lavish events the two-week gala has to offer. The Summit presents themed and celebrity dinners, various wine tastings, fascinating culinary seminars, meetings with distinguished chefs and a gourmet golf experience. In addition, chefs of Partner Restaurants present menus of singular gastronomic creations exclusively for the event. To be a part of the festivities, visit www.worldgourmetsummit.com

March 28-29
Hermann, MO

35th Annual Hermann Wurstfest
Hermann Wurstfest in Missouri
Wurstfest is an enjoyable event for locals and visitors to Hermann. The town has a rich German culture and a beautiful landscape, and National Geographic pegged it one of America's best "Adventure Towns." Vendors will be offering all types of sausage for attendees to sample and savor, and you 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 experiencehermann.com



March 28-29
Seattle, WA

Taste Washington Seattle
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 that originate from one region. 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 tastewashington.org

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