If you are a true gourmand, there's no better place to be than New Orleans on May 20 to 23rd. Join over 10,000 food lover across the city to partake in wine tastings, food crawls, seminars, and special menus at restaurants. Now in its 22nd year, this annual event is a highlight of the festival season in New Orleans.
There are several ticketed events you can sign up for. If wine is your priority, don't miss the Vinola tasting party on May 21. For three hours you can sample a huge variety of elegant wines. Prices of these bottles start at $75 in retail stores, so this is your chance to sip many fine vintages. Also on May 21 is the popular Royal Street Stroll. For one evening this historic street in the French Quarter is turned into an outdoor party with wine tasting, handmade crafts, live music, and yes, plenty of delicious food. The four-day festival culminates on May 22 and 23 with the Grand Tasting at the Convention Center. Local chefs and the world's best wine makers come together to show off their culinary talents to the public. This is the perfect finale to an epic food festival.
Many of the city's best restaurants also host special dinners in honor of the festival. These elaborate feasts pair the finest wines with local delicacies for a very unique dining experience. Even if you don't have tickets to any events, keep an eye out for Wine Dinner updates on the website.