Here are the Bon Vivant top picks for food and wine events around the globe from December to June. Bon Apetit!
DECEMBER The 12 Days of Christmas – Dec. 6-20, 2019
Chef Christopher Kostow and his team at The Restaurant at Meadowood, a three Michelin star restaurant in St. Helena, CA is once again hosting a charitable celebration meal, which also includes specially-invited chefs from different corners of the globe. Tickets go for $1,000 USD per guest inclusive of service, a canapé reception and dinner.
JANUARY Key West Food & Wine Festival – Jan. 26-Feb. 2, 2020
Whether you’re there for the paella cook off, grilled cheese & beer event or to rub shoulders with a master chef or two, the Key West Food & Wine Festival is sure to entertain. Plenty of tastings are scheduled over the course of the week, featuring local sites and flavours.
St. Moritz Gourmet Festival – Jan. 31 – Feb. 8, 2019
Mums the word on which guest chefs will be joining the 2020 St. Moritz Gourmet Festival, but regardless of who’s going to be there, you can expect nine days of non-stop culinary indulgence. Plenty of tastings are scheduled over the course of the week in a program that blends new options with tried and true experiences from years past.
FEBRUARY Marlborough Wine & Food Festival – Feb. 8, 2020
Choose from more than 40 local Marlborough wineries showcasing their world class product, and pair the goods with gourmet cuisine available among 28 food stalls. Taking place at Brancott Vineyard, this one-day-only festival will also feature live entertainment and a top chef culinary pavillion.
Devour! The Canadian Rockies Film Festival – Feb. 7 -10, 2020
Devour! The Canadian Rockies Film Festival is being touted as “Jasper’s newest high-end culinary event,” now going into its third edition. For food, film and wine lovers, all of the above will be available for consumption during this four-day affair.
The Spirit of Amsterdam – March 7-8, 2020
More than 500 types of whisky from Scotland, Ireland, the USA, Japan, India and Taiwan are available for tasting at The Spirit of Amsterdam annual celebration, set to take place at the stunning Zuiderkerk once again next spring.
Ñam Santiago – March 21-27, 2020
Experience Chilean culture in the most immersive way possible: through food & drink. This culinary festival (the country’s largest) includes workshops, wine tastings, parties and more.
Experience the Taste of Vail – April 1-4, 2020
Coming on three decades, the Taste of Vail festival will showcase international vintages, world-class restaurants, and perhaps best of all, breathtaking Colorado vistas. Cook-offs, apres ski and mountain top tastings are just the beginning of the long list of activities in store.
World Gourmet Summit, Singapore Dates TBD
Only featuring Michelin-starred culinary masters, the World Gourmet Summit is truly a one-of-a-kind occasion. Fine dining enthusiasts can partake in special events, a gourmet golf experience and specially-themed dinners.
Porchettiamo -May 22-24, 2020
Celebrating one of Italy’s most traditional foods, the porchetta, this bash is “dedicated to the queen of street food.” Workshops, tastings, beer pairings and more are all on the menu. Enjoy this festival as it takes over various streets and city squares throughout Italy.
Alresford Watercress Festival – May 17, 2020
No doubt a niche culinary event, this day kicks off with music, dancing and a procession by the watercress king & queen, who hand-out freshly cut watercress to attendees. Watercress-inspired dishes are prepared by well-known chefs, as the leafy green takes over Alresford, England.
BC Seafood Festival – June 12-21, 2020
An ongoing tradition since 2006, the BC Seafood Festival brings together west coast seafood producers, top chefs and guests from coast to coast and beyond. Try your hand at shucking oysters, indulge in seafood feasts and connect with neighbours over a 10-day span.
Food & Wine Classic in Aspen – June 19-21, 2020
If you’re interested in sitting-in on food-focused panel discussions led by world-class chefs and wine experts, the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen is likely made for you. Outside of these conversations, go on an epicurean adventure with some of the best in the biz, surely to expand your palate and perhaps even your social circle.