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November 2014 Food & Wine Events Calendar

International Gourmet Festival XIX


Gourmet Extravaganzas for Oenophiles and Foodies

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November 1-2
Sonoma County, CA

A Wine & Food Affair

A Wine & Food Affair in Sonoma County

Join the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys in their 16th annual wine and food pairing weekend. This premier Wine Road event will have guests hopping from winery to winery sampling vineyard favorites. Ticket holders will receive a Wine Road Calendar and a tasting glass. Ticket prices are $70 for the weekend, $50 for Sunday and $30 for designated drivers. Tickets, which often sell out, must be purchased in advance and will go on sale September 1. For more information visit www.wineroad.com


November 1-2
Temecula, CA

Annual Harvest Wine Celebration

A toast under the sun at the Harvest Wine Celebration in Temecula, CA

Temecula Valley Wine County invites guests on a fun-filled culinary adventure: a self-guided tour with delicious food and wine samplings from 30 different wineries. Exclusive barrel and/or tank samples of finished and unfinished wines will be offered, many of which have yet to hit the market. Tickets are $99 and will give guests access to the event from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on both days. For tickets and more information visit www.temeculawines.org


November 4-December 4
Yosemite National Park, CA

Vintners' Holidays

Cheers to red wine at the Vintners' Holidays in Yosemite National Park

Each year, as autumn gives way to another winter, Yosemite celebrates winemakers’ fall harvest. Celebratory events include wine tastings and seminars, meet and greets with winemakers and a five-course gala dinner prepared by executive chef Percy Whatley. Benziger Family Winery, Rombauer Vineyards, Chappellet Winery and J Vineyard and Winery are among this year’s participants. Hotel packages are also available. For more information, visit www.yosemitepark.com


November 6-8
Turks & Caicos

Fourth Annual Caribbean Food & Wine Festival

Guests enjoy Caribbean culture and cuisine at the Caribbean Food & Wine Festival in Turks & Caicos

Join celebrity chefs Leah Cohen, “Top Chef” alum and owner of New York’s Pig & Khao, Hans Peter Haider from hotel12, and David Lefevre, co-owner of Fishing with Dynamite for a three-day culinary celebration hosted by Grace Bay Resorts. Caribbean culture and cooking are the focal point, with funds raised at the event going to “Little Chefs,” a mentor program that enables children from the area to pursue their culinary dreams and The Department of Youth Affairs. Some exciting events at this year’s festival include the Island Street Food Fair and food and wine pairing events that share the best wine to compliment seafood, meat, cheese and dessert. Tickets are $399 for the weekend, $125 for the welcome dinner, $60 for a pairing class and $25 for the street fair. For more information visit caribbeanfoodandwinefestivaltci.com


November 7-9
San Luis Obispo, CA

Harvest on the Coast

The annual Harvest on the Coast weekend is a local food and wine extravaganza. Dive into the 2014 harvest season with wine tastings, artisan foods, an ocean view and live music featuring local band, the Crushtones. The main event, an outdoor grand tasting and auction, takes place on Saturday and includes prizes such as rare wines, culinary treats, SLO Wine Country destination experiences, and wine and lifestyle packages. Other festivities include winemaker dinners on Friday and winery open houses on Sunday. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.slowine.com


November 7-9
Atlantic City, NJ

Savor Borgata

Chefs Geoffrey Zakarian, Michael Schulson, Bobby Flay and Wolfgang Puck will be featured at the Savor Borgata weekend in Atlantic City, NJ

The seventh annual Savor Borgata weekend will take place at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City. The weekend will host many celebrity chefs, including Bobby Flay, Wolfgang Puck and former White House pastry chef Thaddeus DuBois. Over a dozen culinary events will take place, such as the "Street Eats" reception on Saturday, November 8. Participants can taste delicacies like Alligator Bang Bang and Chinese style braised duck tongue on Friday, November 7, during the "Extreme Eats" event. Other highlights include learning how to make sushi while enjoying sake pairings with chef Michael Schulson of Izakaya in Philadelphia, and a live cooking demo by Geoffrey Zakarian, host of Food Network's "The Kitchen," followed by a signing of his new cookbook, My Perfect Pantry. Ticket prices vary for each event. The hotel is offering a "Savor Borgata Hotel Package." Call 609-317-1000 or visit www.theborgata.com


November 13-23
Puerto Vallarta, MEXICO

International Gourmet Festival

This year, Puerto Vallarta celebrates the 20th anniversary of their International Gourmet Festival. The festivities will begin with a special evening in the company of guests and international chefs. Other activities include a special gourmet experience at the Trio Restaurant, workshops on the best-kept culinary secrets and a gourmet expo and show. The celebration ends with a competition to see which chef can make the best “Fiesta Paella.” Prices vary depending on the event. Visit www.festivalgourmet.com for more information.  

November 20-22
Broomfield, CO

Denver International Wine Festival

Guests gather to dine at the Denver International Wine Festival

Held at the Omni Interlocken Resort, the Denver International Wine Festival will focus on premium quality wines, beers and spirits. This Rocky Mountain festival offers tastings of international wines, educational seminars and a Julia Child Champagne Tribute Luncheon & Auction. On Thursday October 20, ten Colorado chefs participate in a food and wine pairing. Friday holds the Grand Tasting of International Wines featuring more than 400 wines, beers and spirits. Tickets to the main events start at $65. Call 303-664-5700 or visit www.denverwinefest.com for a schedule and to purchase tickets.


November 20-23
BARBADOS

Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival

Patrons sample fresh cuisine at the Barbados Food & Wine Rum Festival

The Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival features cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, wine seminars, a bajan fiesta and the highlight of the week, the Mount Gay rum tour. Prices vary for each event and range between $50 and $250. For more information on the celebrity chefs and events, visit www.foodwinerum.com


November 21–23
La Quinta, CA

Friends of James Beard Foundation Weekend

La Quinta Resort & Club will host a Friends of James Beard Foundation Weekend

La Quinta Resort & Club will host a Friends of James Beard Foundation Weekend, featuring chef Jimmy Schmidt and visiting chefs Larry Forgione and Eduardo Ruiz (Corazon y Miel, Picnik). Events include a farmers' market reception at the Palm Grove on Friday from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. ($100); a five-course wine dinner at Morgan's in the desert on Saturday from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. ($250); and Sunday brunch and a Q&A on the "Future of Food" from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. ($100). A weekend package of tickets is also available for $395. For more information, visit www.jamesbeard.org


November 28 – December 25
Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt

Patrons gather to browse Christmas trinkets at the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt in Germany

Celebrate Christmas by experiencing one of Germany’s oldest traditions, Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt, or “Christmas Market.” In the heart of Nuremberg’s Old Town, more than 180 decorated market stands invite guests to browse Christmas favorites like ornaments, gold-foil angels and toys. During the festival, the air smells of gingerbread, hot chocolate, Nuremberg bratwurst and mulled wine. The opening ceremony begins Friday, November 28 at 5:30 p.m. and is enjoyable for both Nuremberg locals and tourists alike. The market is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. until December 24, when it closes at 2 p.m. For more information visit www.christkindlesmarkt.de

 


November 29 – December 1
Rome, ITALY

Roma Food & Wine Festival

Wine tastings at the Roma Food & Wine Festival


Three days, twenty chefs, and 60 of the highest-rated winemakers from all over Italy will make up the Roma Food & Wine Festival. Taking place on the top floor of Eataly restaurant in Rome, each chef will demonstrate the making of their signature dishes while wineries take guests on a tasting joruney from Alto Adige through Sicily. For more information and to stay up to date on the event, visit meranowinefestival.com

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