If you love wine & food (who doesn’t) then you’re not going to want to miss this year’s Wine & Food Week. June 3-9, 2019 is a celebration 15 years in the making, featuring wine and culinary tastemakers from across the globe! Under the direction of Food & Vine Time Productions, this week-long multi-faceted extravaganza, reunites scores of culinary talent, drawing avid foodies and wine enthusiasts from across the region. Experience national and international wines at wine tastings, wine dinners, Ladies of the Vine Luncheon, seminars, casual events like Sips, Suds & Tacos and the H-E-B Wine Walk at Market Street, all culminating in an elaborate Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase.
Wine & Food Week happens to be one of my favorite events, for many reasons. I know I say this every year, but I mean it. The week long event offers a variety of really fun and informative events. Each year the events get better and better.
Due to the fact that I can’t attend every event on the calendar, I will focus on the events that I highly suggest you attend. It’s a Guy Thing, Sip, Suds and Tacos and the Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase.Below are a few highlights from this year’s Wine & Food Week lineup!
H-E-B Wine Walk at Market Street | June 6 @ 5:30 pm
The H-E-B Wine Walk at Market Street transforms the 34-acre space into an open-air wine & food street party. Nosh on selections from the top three restaurants in the Caribbean at the Aruba Tourism Culinary Center booth as well as 20+ more restaurants offering great bites. Grab a keepsake glass and enjoy a wine walkabout featuring a slew of wine industry experts sharing their fruit of the vine. Stroll from tasting station to wine tasting tents, shop, sip and stroll through Market Street.
Purchase a VIP Wine Walk Ticket to get an early start before the crowds arrive. Enjoy the finest wines and upscale food served in an air-conditioned lounge on Market Street.
Sips, Suds & Tacos | June 7 @ 6:00 pm
Woo Lawd! This event requires you to wear your stretchy pants and a sleeveless tank. At Sips, Suds & Tacos you are guaranteed to eat tons of tacos, while enjoying delicious wines and craft brews. Personally I find that it gets really hot in the ballroom where the event takes place. Hence the sleeveless tank suggestion.
The doors to Sips, Suds & Tacos open at 6:00 pm for wine and craft beer sampling. Meanwhile, top area chefs create their special taco and fill the room with mouthwatering aromas guaranteed to rev up any appetite. Then, it’s time to put the taco to the test!
At 6:30 pm, the tacos are served and it’s “game on” for the Taco Take-Down. Guests can choose their favorite taco while culinary judges choose theirs! The prize? The “Taco Takedown Trophy” coveted by area restaurants and chefs as they compete for the taco championship.
The Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase | @ 7:00 pm
The grand finale of all grand finales! The Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase is a celebration of all things food & wine. Considered one of the most spectacular wine and culinary events in the country, the Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase, presents guests with the opportunity to slip into their finest attire and be in the company of serious wine enthusiasts and outstanding culinary talent. I look forward to meeting Bravo TV Top Chef Contender, Ron Duprat! Chef Dupart’s specialty of French fusion spiced with Caribbean flair is sure to wow the crows! Additionally, Dupart was recognized as one of the 10 African American chefs changing the food world.
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Arrive at 6:45 at the grand entry to meet past Wine & Food Week Wizards for a toast to the official start that signals the festivities have begun.
The Bubble Cove greets patrons upon arrival and offers an array of sparkling selections to start an effervescent experience. Guests enjoy chef demonstrations, sample from more than 500 wines and taste gourmet food from 60 restaurants. Accomplished Chefs from near and far are personally invited to showcase their talents for the attending guests. At evening’s end, The Goya Chef of Chefs Awards Trophy and $5,000 cash is awarded to the best chef, as voted by a panel of esteemed judges.
Still have some room for dessert? Life is sweet with Celebrity Cruises. Finish a fabulous evening on a sweet note with selections of confectionery perfection and desserts by renowned pastry chefs in the Celebrity Cruises Life is Sweet Dessert Zone.
It all takes place within the lustrous atmosphere of The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center!
- Get your tickets to the 2019 Wine & Food Week here!
- Need a hotel room? Click here to reserve your room at a discounted rate!
CHARITY | It’s all for a good cause!
Food & Vine Time Productions has raised well over a million dollars through various channels for local charities over the years. 2019 Wine & Food Week benefits two charities. The New Danville, an integrated community where adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities can live, learn, work and grow with their peers, in an effort to improve the lives of their neighbors. The John Cooper School’s Signature Author Series that assists with literacy efforts in Montgomery County through a highly anticipated annual event. This event has featured past keynote speakers such as Barbara Bush, Anthony Bourdain, Nicholas Sparks, Gillian Flynn and many others. Also benefiting is The Woodlands Arts Council, whose mission is to provide regional cultural and educational enrichment through community events, The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival and programs that support the performing, visual and literary arts.
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