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November 2016 Events Calendar

Chef prepares sushi samples at Festival Gourmet International

Gourmet Extravaganzas for Oenophiles and Foodies

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November 2-6
Riviera Maya, Mexico

3rd Annual Jackson Family Wines Culinary Series

Yucatan meets California dinner event at the Jackson Family Wines Culinary Series in Riviera Maya, Mexico

Karisma Hotels & Resorts and Jackson Family Wines pair for the third annual Jackson Family Wines Culinary Series taking place at the picturesque El Dorado Resort & Spa in Riviera Maya, Mexico. For the first full week of every month, guests can enjoy a variety of epicurean events such as tastings, wine-pairing and cooking classes and even decadent meals by guest chefs, including an exclusive Guest Chef and Winemaster's Dinner. In November, Chef Dan Trudeau and Senior Brand Manager Jim Sturgeon of Jackson Family Wines will be heading the events. Experience it all for an additional $300 to the cost of your hotel stay or choose the events a la carte, starting at $35. For more information and scheduling details, visit the Karisma Hotels & Resorts official website

November 5-8
Saint Barthélemy, Caribbean

Taste of Saint-Barth Gourmet Festival

Dining event at the Taste of Saint-Barth Gourmet Festival in the Caribbean

During the first weekend of November, the gorgeous Caribbean island of Saint Barthélemy will host the second annual Taste of Saint-Barth Gourmet Festival. Partnering this year with the local culinary talent to create a three-day tasting adventure, award-winning chefs from France will accent French cuisine, highlighting the traditions of the French-speaking island. Three-star Michelin chef Emmanuel Renaut will serve as Ambassador of the festival, which includes beach picnics, wine-tasting socials, cooking and baking competitions, waitstaff races and more. For details on pricing and festival itinerary, call 590-590-27-8727 or stop by the Taste of Saint-Barth Gourmet Festival official website

November 5-8
Turks & Caicos

5th Annual Caribbean Food & Wine Festival

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

The 5th Annual Caribbean Food and Wine Festival brings together chefs Alex Guarnachelli (Food Network and The Food Channel) and Justin Quek with renowned winemakers, Provo’s finest culinary professionals and knowledgeable experts. The three-day event features cocktail receptions, themed dinners and a women’s luncheon at restaurants such as Seven, Fire & Ice and Grace Bay Club. The Food and Wine Pairing and family-oriented Island Street Food Fair events are held on the final day of the festival. Choose between a package for $475 or $675 per person. Call (649) 946-5050 or browse more details on the Caribbean Food and Wine Festival official website

November 5-9
Anguilla, Caribbean

Second Annual Epicurea

One of six celebrated chefs prepares the evenings tastings at the second annual Epicurea event in Anguilla, Caribbean

Take a trip to the Caribbean island of Anguilla for a culinary retreat at CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa. Now in its second year, Epicurea presents a weekend featuring gourmet cuisine, wine pairings and golf. Six celebrated chefs, Philippe Lusseau, Christophe Muller, Alex Lee, Jasper Schneider, Vincent Russo and Americo Mintegui, create an epicurean experience that guests will not want to miss. Dine among five world-class venues, including Le Bistro at Santorini (an AAA Four Diamond Restaurant) where a tribute dinner will be held to honor Paul Bocuse as "Chef of the Century." Epicurea attendees can also enjoy state-of-the-art services and amenities such as refreshing treatments at Venus Spa, tasting specialty vintages at Antinori Wines and chef-led cooking courses. Those interested in golf will get a one-of-a-kind experience playing on the only course on the island surrounded by amazing views of St. Maarten (St. Martin to the French) and the tropical landscape. For more information, visit the Epicurea official website

November 5-15
Whistler, B.C.


Guests mingle while sipping on wine at the Cornucopia in Whistler, B.C.

In the scenic resort setting of Whistler, B.C., sip, sample and savor through 11 days worth of events during the 19th celebration of Cornucopia. Catch the House Party - Best of B.C., which kicks off an evening of festivities with live music, local foods, and domestic wines, beers and spirits. Scheduled events to follow include mixology classes, chef table luncheons at L'Abbatoir and The Sonora Room at Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, tea-inspired martini tastings and the Cornucopia Night Market - Tastes of the World. Purchase tickets for individual events on the Cornucopia official website

November 6-8
San Luis Obispo, CA

25th Annual Harvest on the Coast

A woman wins a signed guitar during the auction at Harvest on the Coast in San Luis Obispo, CA

Enjoy a wine-filled weekend at Harvest on the Coast as it celebrates 25 years. The anniversary starts with a collaborative winemaker's dinner for guests on Friday. Saturday's Grand Tasting and Wine Auction features tastings, live music, artisanal foods and a broad selection of items to bid on, such as rare vinos, culinary treats, silent auction items and SLO Wine Country destination experiences. End the weekend by participating in the free "Go Coastal" samples event with the two-in-one grand tasting ticket on Sunday. Visit tasting rooms around SLO Wine Country in between many smaller events taking place throughout the weekend. For details and ticket information, visit the Harvest on the Coast event page on the SLO Wine Country official website

November 6-15
Kailua-Kona, HI

45th Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

Coffee-inspired dessert samples are served at the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival in Kailua-Kona, HI

Come to the Aloha State to celebrate nearly 200 years of Kona coffee culture and heritage. Spend 10 days honoring the pioneers, farmers and artisans involved in the production of this popular beverage. The event will feature tastings, farm tours, art exhibits, coffee-picking games, a recipe-making contest and coffee-cupping competitions. Visitors can also enjoy Kailua-Kona cultural events, including concerts, performances and more. For more detail, visit the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival official website

November 6-7
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

Prepare your palate for a weekend of gourmet meals on the Jersey Shore. Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian is collaborating with the staff at The Water Club at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa to create a cocktail reception and four-course meal to kick off the festivities. Lectures, workshops and numerous other dining experiences are also offered, such as the Absolut-ly Fabulous Tapas Party, pasta making with Fornelletto's chef Stephen Kalt and a culinary demonstration by chef Bobby Flay. Tickets vary by event. Learn more on The Borgata official website

November 7-8
Sonoma County, CA

A Wine & Food Affair

Express your love for vino at A Wine & Food Affair — Tasting Along the Wine Road. Each visiting winery in this Sonoma County event will be posting a favorite recipe online and preparing it for guests to sample alongside a selection of local vintages. Some examples from 2014 include roasted cumin chicken tacos (Toad Hollow Vineyards) and braised pork ragu (Rued Vineyards & Winery). Tickets are $70 for the weekend, $50 for Sunday only and $30 for designated drivers. For more information about this event, visit the Wine Road official website

November 8-December 4
Yosemite National Park, CA

2015 Vintners' Holidays

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

Celebrate the fall harvest during the Vintners' Holidays at Yosemite National Park. Enjoy wine tastings and educational seminars, and meet winemakers in person at an intimate reception. A five-course gala dinner crafted by Ahwanee executive chef Percy Whatley will complement each vintner's featured wine. Over the course of the month, there will be six sessions highlighting different wineries and their representatives. Two-, three- and five-night Vintners' Holidays packages are available with hotel accommodations. View the details for this event on the Yosemite National Park official website

November 15-22
San Diego, CA

12th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

Local chefs prepare gourmet samples at San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

Celebrate a mix of standout local cuisine and world-class culinary talent at the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival. Guest celebrity chefs, such as Rick Bayless, Anna Bullett and Gale Gand, band together with hometown heroes, including Steve de Barril, Mario Medina and Abe Botello, to present guests with eight days of epicurean experiences. Guests are invited to attend seminars or dine at events like the Ocean-to-Table Luncheon. On Saturday, more than 700 different wines will be poured by participating wineries at The Lexus Grand Tasting. To purchase tickets, visit the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival official website

November 16-22
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

21st Annual Festival Gourmet International

Guests attend a culinary workshop at the Festival Gourmet International in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Six full days of food, wine and fun lie ahead for guests who attend the Festival Gourmet International. Set in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, the annual event boasts an international lineup of guest chefs, including Yerika Muñoz, Nic Vanderbeeken, David Perez and more. Events include the Progressive Avant-Garde Dinner, a chef demonstration fueled by Patrón tequila and even a Little Switzerland takeover. Find more information about this exclusive celebration at the Festival Gourmet International official website  

November 19-22
Barbados, West Indies

Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival

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

The Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival offers guests a weekend in epicurean heaven. Experience cooking demonstrations, rum tastings, seminars, local cuisine, parties and more during the four-day event set amidst a beautiful Caribbean landscape. When you want to take a break from the busy schedule of celebrity chef meet-ups, wine tastings and evening dinners, the surf and sand are just steps away. Learn more as information becomes available on the Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival official website

November 20
Dallas, TX

32nd Annual Beaujolais & Beyond Wine Festival

Guests enjoying the wine and treats at Beaujolais & Beyond Wine Festival in Dallas, TX

Guests are in for a cultural and culinary treat at the Beaujolais & Beyond Wine Festival, the largest event organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce - Dallas/Fort Worth. The Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas will be transformed into the 1960s French Riviera, and guests are encouraged to come dressed in the classic attire of the time. Stroll through the reconstructed streets of Cannes and St. Tropez while local gourmet chefs offer samples of signature delicacies and artisan vintners and brewers pour a large selection of French wines and craft beers. For more information, visit the Beaujolais & Beyond Wine Festival official website

November 27-29
Willamette Valley, OR

33rd Annual Wine Country Thanksgiving

A tasting takes place in a barrel cellar at Wine Country Thanksgiving in Willamette Valley, OR

Gather your family and friends and spend Thanksgiving weekend wine tasting in Willamette Valley, Oregon. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pinot Noir's first arrival in Oregon, and honor the pioneers involved in its expansion ever since. Guests can enjoy food pairings, special tastings, holiday discounts, live music and more in one of the valley's biggest annual events. Each winery celebrates the weekend in its own way, and tasting costs vary by vineyard. Learn more about this holiday event at the Willamette Valley Wineries official website

November 27-December 24
Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt

Families enjoy the sights and smells of the holidays at the traditional German Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg

Enjoy the sights and smells of the holiday season at the annual Christkindlesmarkt, or "Christmas Market," in the heart of Nuremberg's central square. As one of Germany's oldest traditions, this event boasts more than 180 decorated stalls inviting guests to browse Christmas ornaments, yuletide decorations and toys. Hop on a stagecoach tour for a horse-drawn winter ride or sample local culinary treats like roasted almonds, mulled wine, gingerbread, Nuremberg bratwurst and other delicious snacks. Attend the Nuremberg Christkind, a choral performance and famous recital that officially kicks off the market for the holiday season. The opening ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday at the gallery of the Church of Our Lady. Daily market hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. until December 24, when it closes at 2 p.m. For additional information, visit the Christkindlesmarkt official website

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