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November 2013 Food & Wine Events Calendar

International Gourmet Festival XIX, 2013


Gourmet Extravaganzas for Oenophiles and Foodies

Seasonal Tip:
BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU is released with celebrations everywhere this month!

November 1-3
San Luis Obispo, CA — SLO Vintners Harvest Celebration
The SLO Vintners Harvest Celebration takes place at the Avila Beach Golf Resort
The Rockin’ Harvest on the Coast SLO Vintners Harvest Celebration is a showcase of the Central Coast's best wineries and restaurants. The Avila Beach Golf Resort hosts this year's line of events, featuring winemaker dinners Friday, a Grand Tasting & Auction Saturday, and winery open houses Sunday. The main event, the Grand Tasting, pairs wine tasting and artisan foods with live music and ocean views. Join the auction to bid on rare wines, culinary treats, and SLO Wine Country destination experiences. Participating restaurants in the past have included Gardens of AvilaLuna Red and Novo. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.slowine.com

November 2-3
Temecula, CA — Harvest Wine Celebration
Harvest Wine Celebration in Temecula, California
The Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association is marking the end of harvest season by hosting the 23rd annual Harvest Wine Celebration. Guests will travel, on their own, to any or all of the 35 participating wineries, where they can chat with the owners and winemakers, taste an abundance of wines, and try some delicious food as well. Wine tastings include new and unreleased wines and some barrel and tank samples. The event is open to guests over 21 years of age. Tickets cost $99 for a two-day pass, $89 if purchased before October 2. Purchase tickets and find more information online at www.temeculawines.org

November 2-3
Sonoma County, CA — A Wine & Food Affair
A Wine & Food Affair in Sonoma County
Join 108 wineries in the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys at the 15th annual Wine & Food Affair. Guests can hop from winery to winery as they enjoy wine and food pairings, with each winery preparing a special recipe. Ticket holders receive a cookbook, featuring each winery’s recipe, tasting glass and wristband. Designated drivers will get a cookbook and different wristband. Ticket prices are $70 for the weekend, $50 for Sunday only and $30 for designated drivers. Tickets go on sale September 1; the event does sell out, and tickets will not be sold at the door. For more information and tickets, visit www.wineroad.com


November 6-9
Denver, CO — Denver International Wine Festival
Denver International Wine Festival
The ninth annual Denver International Wine Festival will take place at the Omni Interlocken Resort. On Thursday, ten Colorado chefs participate in a food and wine pairing competition. The Grand Tasting of International Wine & Food will take place on Friday and will feature more than 400 wines, beers and spirits. Other events include a Grand Vintners Dinner, educational seminars and guided tastings. Save 15 per cent with the purchase of a four-event package for $450. Call 303-664-5700 for more information or visit www.denverwinefest.com for a schedule and tickets.


November 7-17
Algarve, PORTUGAL — International Gourmet Festival

A display of food at the International Gourmet Festival in Algarve, Portugal

The seventh installation of this annual festival of feasting brings together an eclectic mix of contemporary tastes from all around the world. Tsuyoshi Murakami, Andreas Caminada, Quique Dacosta and Joan Roca are just a few of the 37 master chefs representing authentic global flavors and dynamic gourmet innovation. Reserve a Royal Dutch dinner, Thai or Italian lunches, or a seat at the spectacular grand finale, the "Koschina & Friends Royal Food Party," with Dieter Koschina, Matteo Ferrantino and a host of collaborating chefs from Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy and France. This event is also an exciting opportunity to appreciate the beauty and culture of Portugal. Seats range from €350 to €600, and dinners commence with a cocktail. For a schedule of chefs and cuisines and more information, visit www.internationalgourmetfestival.com



November 11-December 5
Yosemite National Park, CA — Vintners' Holidays
Vintners' Holidays at Yosemite National Park
Come and celebrate The Ahwahnee's annual celebration of fall and the bounty of top vineyards. Each Vintners' Holidays session features prominent wineries and industry experts, providing informative seminars and wine tastings. The sessions conclude with a five-course Gala Dinner in The Ahwahnee Dining Room. Ahwahnee's executive chef Percy Whatley and the Ahwahnee Culinary Team prepare the custom menu to complement the often rare or limited-release wines. This year's participating wineries include Talbott Vineyards, Benziger Family Winery, Dutton-Goldfield and J Vineyards & Winery. Hotel packages are available for the Vintners' Holiday. Be sure to reserve your space early. For more information, visit www.yosemitepark.com

November 14-23
Puerto Vallarta, MEXICO — International Gourmet Festival
International Gourmet Festival in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
The International Gourmet Festival of Vallarta, Mexico celebrates nineteen years in 2013. This annual gourmet event will open with a Chef’s Welcome Cocktail Party to introduce the visiting chefs. The festival continues with a gourmet brunch on Sunday, complete with margaritas and entertainment, and a Chef’s Table Dinner on Friday, November 22. Other events include nightly table d’hôte dinner specials prepared by guest chefs at all participating festival restaurants, three “gourmet safaris,” where guests travel to different locations for each course, gourmet cooking demonstrations, and a tasting of cheese, beer and chocolates. For more information, visit www.festivalgourmet.com

November 22-25
BARBADOSBarbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival

The Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival will feature cooking demonstrations, wine seminars, a Mount Gay rum tour and much more

The Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival features celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, wine seminars, a Mount Gay rum tour and much more. This year's line-up of participating chefs includes Marcus Samuelsson (Red Rooster Harlem in New York plus several restaurants in Sweden), Jose Garces (Tinto, Garces Trading Company, etc.), Anne Burrell (host of Food Network series Secrets of a Restaurant Chef), Mark McEwan (judge on Top Chef Canada) and Aaron McCargo, Jr. (winner of The Next Food Network Star). For more information, visit www.foodwinerum.com

Annual Calendar

(Updated: 10/17/13 BLS)

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