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May 2015 Food & Wine Events Calendar

The New Orleans Wine and Food Experience celebrates the rich cultural heritage of New Orleans

Seasonal Tip:
HARICOTS VERTS (French green beans) are at their best this month. Also, look for these spring items in markets and on restaurant menus: red onions, sweet basil, mangoes and fresh goat cheeses.

May 1-3
Vancouver, BC

EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival

EAT! Vancouver Food and Cooking Festival is held at BC Place

This cooking extravaganza showcases the culinary culture of Vancouver downtown at BC Place on May 1. As the largest food festival in Canada, the 13th installment brings back highlights, such as cheese seminars, culinary classes and the EAT! Vancouver Celebrity Chef Stage. New additional features visitors can look forward to include the Canadian Food Artisan Pavilion sponsored by Edible Canada, meet-ups with celebrity chefs and the Craft Beer Alley sponsored by the BC Craft Brewers Guild. To find ticket prices for these events and more, visit www.eat-vancouver.com

May 2-3
Mountain View, CA

19th Annual A La Carte & Art Festival

 A La Carte & Art takes place annually in Mountain View, CA

Drink, eat and be merry at this annual Bay Area fundraiser that promotes local businesses and merchants in Mountain View. The two-day event will showcase live music played by almost a dozen bands ranging from jazz to classic rock 'n roll, arts and crafts from top artists on the west coast, and eats and drinks. There are activities offered for every member of the family, such as a car show, the Kids' Tons of Fun zone with face painting and hula hooping, as well as shopping for artisanal specialty food or fresh produce at the Farmers Market. For more information call 650-964-3395 or visit www.miramarevents.com


May 4
Chicago, IL &
New York City, NY

James Beard Foundation Awards

Culinary celebrities get their photo taken at the James Beard Foundation Awards & Gala Reception held at Lincoln Center in NY

Witness the highlight of the year in the gastronomic world at the 2015 James Beard Foundation Awards & Gala Reception. During this weekend event known as the "Oscars of the Food Industry," see which professionals throughout America, from chefs to food journalists, are recognized for their extraordinary excellence and achievements. While award winners in the book, journalism and broadcast categories will be presented in New York City on April 24 for the first time this year, the culinary ceremony will be held at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on May 4. To find out more information, visit www.jamesbeard.org/awards

May 13-17
Nantucket, MA

18th Annual Nantucket Wine Festival

Enjoy the coastal environment of Massachusetts at the Nantucket Wine Festival

As one of the nation's most celebrated food and beverage events, the Nantucket Wine Festival returns to celebrate its 18th year. Spend five days on the island of Nantucket picking and choosing from among 50 events. Toast the opening of the festival during Pink Up! Rosé and Grilling with diverse rosé selections paired with dishes prepared by Chef Tiffani Faison of Sweet Cheeks in Boston. Many more vino and food tastings are available along with seminars, such as Flight of the Oyster and a cheese pairing class. For event information, visit www.nantucketwinefestival.com

May 13-17
San Antonio, TX

Culinaria Wine and Culinary Arts Festival

Guests mingle in the Grand Tasting Room at Culinaria Wine and Culinary Arts Festival in San Antonio, Texas

Enjoy the celebration of food, wine, spirits and fine tastes from the nonprofit group, San Antonio Wine and Culinary Arts Organization. Guests can appreciate the Latin and European culinary and cultural roots of San Antonio area through attendance to a number of events over the course of five days. Feast on local food truck grub on Thursday, taste flavors from the Best of Mexico on Friday night, and get educated in the Grand Tasting Bubble Room on Saturday. Make sure to kick back at Burgers, BBQ and Beer on Sunday as well. For more information, visit www.culinariasa.com

May 14-17
Paso Robles, CA

Annual Paso Robles Wine Festival

Enjoy live music, food and more at the Annual Paso Robles Wine Festival in California

Set in the charming Downtown City Park, this California Central Coast event allows participants to taste the delicious wine of Paso Robles. The festival continues in its 33rd year, starting on Thursday with a selection of Winemaker Dinners. Sunday features live music, festivities at more than 130 local wineries and, or course, a grand tasting of gourmet delights paired with a wide variety of regional wines. To plan your trip to Paso Robles Wine Country, visit www.pasowine.com

May 17-25
Los Angeles, CA

26th Annual Culinary Evening with the California Winemasters

Culinary Evening with the California Winemaster event is held on the Warner Bros. Studio backlot

Support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation while sipping wine and tasting gourmet treats at the 26th Annual Culinary Evening with the California Winemasters. Taking place on the "Midwest Street" backlot at Warner Bros. Studio, this charity auction showcases 50 international chefs and 75 of the best wineries in California. The festivities start at 6 p.m . To purchase tickets, visit www.californiawinemasters.org

May 20-23
New Orleans, LA

New Orleans Wine and Food ExperienceFeast on superb eats and drinks at New Orleans Wine and Food Experience

Celebrating more than 20 years of superb eats and drinks, the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience is back for another extraordinary event featuring local flavors and diverse cuisines. With more than 100 participating wineries and restaurants, special dinners and tastings of more than 1,000 wines from around the world, this festival attracts approximately 10,000 aficionados and gourmands. Guests can attend evening promenades in the French Quarter and seminars throughout the weekend. Take part in the community endeavor to raise money for local food banks and culinary schools during your visit. For more information, contact (504) 934-1474 and www.nowfe.com


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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.