Now in its 26th year, the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience is May 23-27. The food and wine extravaganza includes a smorgasbord of drinking and dining events, educational seminars and activities over five days. This year, the Grand Tastings move back to their longtime home at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, where guests can sample small bites from more than 75 local and visiting chefs and more than 1,000 wines on the night of May 25 and afternoon of May 26.
Regular events include the Royal Street Stroll and VINOLA, a premium wine tasting event at the Omni Royal New Orleans.
More than 25 restaurants and visiting vintners pair up at wine dinners across the city on May 23. Participating restaurants include Sac-a-Lait with Taub Family Vineyards, Restaurant R’evolution with Ancient Oak Cellars, Jack Rose with Calera Winery and DTB with Ramey Wine Cellars.
New this year is a feature that lets guests purchase wines sampled at events including VINOLA and the Grand Tastings. Local wine hub Brady’s Wine Warehouse be on site at both events customers can fill out an order form and pick-up wines within five days.
Also new are a few seminars and experiences. Below are a few highlights:
Seagram’s Escapes hosts a dance party at the Gold Mine Saloon 9 p.m. to midnight May 24. Tickets are $20.
There's a seminar and tasting of Louisiana caviar, oysters and Champagne at New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 25. Tickets are $100.
A party bus tour of several wine bars around the city includes W.I.N.O., Bayou Wine Garden and Swirl and there are tastings and food pairings 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 26. Tickets are $95.
A seminar on absinthe is tasting led by T.A. Breaux, who provided the research that overturned America’s ban on absinthe, and Ray Bordelon, who founded La Gallerie de L’Absinthe at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 25. Tickets $75.
For a full schedule and to purchase ticket visit the NOWFE website here.