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New Orleans Wine and Food Experience: A 5 Day Gourmet Affair

Royal Street in New Orleans today (Photo: Paul Broussard)

In New Orleans, when we decide to do something, we do it big. The New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (NOWFE for short) is no exception. What started as an idea for a charity among a few friends has blossomed into a five-day extravaganza which consistently ranks as one of the best wine and food festivals around. Highlighting New Orleans cuisine and wines from all over the world, NOWFE is a must-attend event for many industry leaders, celebrity chefs, and local foodies too. This year it will run from Tuesday, May 24 through Saturday, May 28.

Royal Street in New Orleans today (Photo: Paul Broussard)

NOWFE gets started on Tuesday with the second annual Ella Brennan Award Dinner and Charity Auction. The Ella Brennan award is a lifetime achievement award for contributions to the hospitality industry. Need to see or be seen? This is your event. You just know that the award dinner will be a culinary and beverage Who’s Who. The party keeps on rolling on Wednesday with 30 different wine dinners to chose from across the New Orleans metropolitan area. Amazing wineries join forces with some of New Orleans’ greatest restaurants to create perfectly paired menus. Don’t believe me? How about the dynamic combo of Commander’s Palace and the wines of Peter Weygandt? Ralph’s on the Park and B.R. Cohn Winery? Or how about Palace Cafe and North Berkeley Imports? Now do you believe me? I thought so. The hardest part of Wednesday? Deciding on just one wine dinner!

Thursday brings the opportunity to taste some of the highest rated and most expensive wines on the market at the ultra-exclusive Vinola Tasting. Only 200 tickets exist so get yours now. If you can’t attend that, Thursday night also brings the Royal Street Stroll. The Royal Street Stroll combines “rare antiques, fine art, live jazz and stunning historic architecture with the world’s most outstanding wines. Shop the enchanting galleries of Royal Street while experiencing wine offerings at each stop, as live jazz music fills the air.”

Most festivals would have called it quits with all that, but not NOWFE. In fact, they’re just gearing up for their main events. Friday and Saturday both start off with a number of fun and informational seminars covering, wine, food, craft beer and many more topics. When the seminars wind down, it is finally time for NOWFE’s main event, the Grand Tastings.

Whatever you imagine the Grand Tasting to be, you’ll need to think bigger and better. Probably even bigger and better than that. We’re talking over 175 wineries and 75 chefs serving up glasses of wine and exquisite bites you won’t find anywhere else. I’m still not sure you’re quite on board with how amazing these tastings are. A Grand Tasting is such a mind blowing experience! I personally know people who have moved to New Orleans after experiencing one. Can’t say that about any other wine and food festival!

Five days and countless events — which ones are you heading to? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter!

New Orleans Wine and Food Festival
May 24-28, 2011

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