This Weekend: International Wine & Food Festival

Photo by Lisa Shapiro

With much anticipation the 13th Annual Washington D.C. International Wine & Food Festival’s Grand Tasting will return to the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW) this weekend on Saturday, February 11th & Sunday, February 12th from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm each day. Notice the title? It’s wine before food. This is the perfect opportunity to learn about wine from the experts in the industry. What’s the best way to enjoy wine? Learn what you like!

Sample over 500 different wines from hundreds of international and local wineries from some of the world’s great wine producing regions including; Spain, France, Italy, Greece, New Zealand, and the U.S. All guests at the Grand Tasting will receive an etched Washington, DC International Wine & Food Festival wine glass and have the opportunity to speak directly with winemakers while enjoying and learning about a wide variety of wines.

Sponsored by The Washington Post, the Festival is the most popular event of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic. More than just a tasting, the Festival is a celebration of wine, cuisine and culture that shines a light on the city’s diversity and prominence as a world-class dining destination.

Me in the food pavilion. Photo by J. Collins.

The four-day International Wine & Food Festival at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center features over 100 wineries, beer, spirits, gourmet food booths, chef demonstrations and a food pavilion. Over 100 wineries, brewers and spirit manufacturers will be available as well as over 60 food and lifestyle participants.

With food taking center stage again this year, some of the area’s favorite foodies will be showing off some new recipes, skills and interacting with participants. They include:

Chef Demo Stage Schedule

Saturday, February 11th

2:00pm: Scott Drewno, The Source by Wolfgang Puck

3:00pm: Cooking with Bonnie Benwick, The Washington Post Food Section

4:00pm: David Guas, Bayou Bakery

5:00pm: Victor Albisu, BLT Steak

Sunday, February 13th

2:00pm: Amy Brandwein, Casa Nonna

3:00pm: Javier Romero, Taberna del Alabardero

4:00pm: Gina Chersevani, PS 7’s Restaurant

5:00 pm: Allison Sosna, DC Central Kitchen

Tickets are $85 for Saturday and $80 for Sunday. For 2-day ticket, $145 1-888-665-6069

Other Notable Events:

Sommelier Showdown, Thursday, February 9th

Cupid’s Not Stupid: Cocktails to Fall For After Hours Reception – Friday, February 10th 8-10pm at PS7’s Restaurant


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