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Cancun Riviera Maya Food and Wine Festival 2012: “Taste the New World”

Mexico has 27 UNESCO World Heritage sites. Many of them are in the Mayan regions of Campeche, Chiapas, Tabasco, Quintana Roo and Yucatan. UNESCO recently recognized Mexican cuisine and the regional cuisine of Michoacán as a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.”

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The “Taste the New World” Food and Wine Festival in Cancun is dedicated to “celebrating the best of North-America, Mexico and South America, with some 30 star chefs invited from Canada, the USA, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru to delight the gourmands and gourmets of the world.”  Innovative Star Chefs of the Americas from 7 countries including Montreal, Canada and Lima, Peru will celebrate celebrates Mexican gastronomy and cuisine by participating in the Cancun Riviera Maya Wine Festival 2012  between March 15-18, 2012.

This Vino con Vista extravaganza will take place on the azur beaches of Cancun. There will be over 30 innovative events for wine enthusiasts and gourmands surrounded by the exciting nightlife and culture of Cancun. Mexico. The beneficiary of the Festival is the Ciudad de la Alegria “The City of Joy.”  This organization has a noble mission: “empower disadvantaged children, victims of violence and care for the elderly.”

This year’s special guest chef is Ferran Adrià, who hosts a celebrity chef dinner. Other events include a luxurious catamaran cruise hosted by mixologist Junior Merino and private beach club dinner. There will be “Cancun After Dark” parties and a closing Latin Grill fiesta. More than 90 wine and spirits tastings will featuring libations from Spain, USA, Mexico, Argentina and Chile.

Here are some of the highlights of the Food and Wine Festival in Cancun:

The best STAR CHEFS of the continent will be exploring what they can do with the finest Mexican ingredients at the TRIBUTE TO MEXICO Opening Dinner.

Junior Merino, THE LIQUID CHEF, will be at working his magic at the After Dark Parties, including our CLOSING FIESTA with Argentinian and Brazilian masters of the grill.

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There will be an AMERICAN EXPRESS GOURMET TASTING VILLAGE with cuisine from the best restaurants in the region including gourmet tapas. Premium wines and food will be served on the panoramic lawn of Iberostar Hotel.

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Celebrity Chefs will come together to honor Mexican Gastronomy at “Taste the New World” and pay a special tribute to acclaimed culinary legend Ferran Adria. He was the head chef of the El Bulli restaurant on the Costa Brava and is considered one of the best chefs in the world. His Spanish beachside restaurant in Costa Brava Spain won repeated accolades from Restaurant Magazine. elBulli was Number One on its Top 50 list of the world’s best restaurants for a record five times—in 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, and #2 in 2010. BRAVO Chef!!

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @

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Atlanta Food and Wine Festival 2012 in Georgia

Attend the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival 2012 from May 10th to the 13th in Midtown, Atlanta Georgia.

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Atlanta is a vibrant cultural, economic, and culinary powerhouse. This is the home of the The Coca Cola Company and the Home Depot Empires. There are plenty of intersting sites in Atlanta, Georgia. I love the Georgia State Capitol Building.

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The city is home to a plethora of high-end chef-driven restaurants in Atlanta’s neighborhood including: Bocado, Bacchanalia, Flip Burger Boutique, and Miller Union in West Midtown, Empire State South in Midtown and Two Urban Licks and Rathbun’s on the east side. On Buford Highway,  from Buckhead to Gwinnett County, Atlanta has plenty of international food and ethnic restaurants including Vietnamese, Indian, Cuban, Korean, Mexican, Chinese and Ethiopian. Local landmarks include: The Varsity (opened in 1928) and Mary Mac’s Tea Room (opened in 1945). Paschal’s and the Busy Bee Cafe are local  soul food favorites.

Get your tickets here: Support the Festival Founders Council’s charitable partners. Join award-winning chefs, sommeliers and beverage innovators for a four-day culinary journey through Atlanta at the 2nd annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival.

Here’s a snapshot of the events:

1. Learning Experiences More than 80 carefully-crafted cooking and cocktail demonstrations, technique labs, food and beverage tasting seminars and panel discussions.

2. Tasting Experiences Festival Tasting Tents like none other with chef-curated “trails” to guide guests through the best flavors of the region and other Southern regions around the globe.

3. Connoisseur Experience Limited in quantity. An exclusive program with reserve food and beverage classes and tastings and access to a very special Connoisseur Lounge.

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6th Annual Vegas Uncork’d 2012: Food and Wine Festival in Las Vegas Nevada

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Plan to attend Vegas Uncork’d from May 10-13th, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is a outstanding Vino con Vista Destination for Food and Wine!

Bon Appétit magazine orchestrates the sixth annual Vegas Uncork’d event. This fabulous event is held in Sin City every Mother’s Day Weekend. Foodie Moms and their foodie offspring can revel in culinary festivities with celebrity chefs, master sommeliers and mixologists for four days.

Purchase tickets to this “Momathon” celebration of wine, food, and spirits at Sixty restaurants, 50 chefs, 30 sommeliers, 30 events come together for one spectacular weekend; with or without Mom.

Extraordinary Las Vegas resorts like The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, and Mandalay Bay are all hosting events.

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Las Vegas offers a dynamic all-star lineup of culinary talent 365 days a year, but this weekend, you will have access to 50 of the world’s top chefs. Mingle with Guy Savoy, José Andrés, Hubert Keller, Michael Mina and Julian Serrano at this 6th Annual event.

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“Enjoy signature chef dishes at The Grand Tasting; sample gourmet fare from food trucks during Follow That Food Truck; eat, drink, play at the Celebrity Chef Poker Tournament.”

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The Food & Wine Festival 2012 at Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo

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The Food & Wine Festival 2012 at IxtapaZihuatanejo starts on Thursday, March 22nd and ends on Saturday March 24th, 2012. Spend your time at this dreamy tropical paradise watching cooking demos and culinary lectures by celebrity chefs. Enjoy wine seminars, grand tasting events, a sunset cruise, an architectural tour and a behind the scene’s tour of some local restaurants.

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Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, is the fourth-largest city in the Mexican state of Guerrero. Zihuatanejo is now the third most visited area in Mexico after Cancún and Puerto Vallarta.

In 1968, the Bank of Mexico created a special fund for the creation of new tourist destinations on the country’s spectacular coastlines. The first two locations that the government targeted were Cancún, in the state of Quintana Roo and Ixtapa which is located next to the town of Zihuatanejo. Ixtapa humble beginings as a government-planned tourist resort in the early 1970s, was originally a coconut plantation and mangrove estuary. The development of Ixtapa was supported by a loan from the World Bank.

Mexican wine and wine making began with the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century when they brought their vines from Europe. Mexico is the oldest wine-growing region in the Americas. At this lavish festival, you can blend the advantages of a resort in paradise resort with incredible Mexican cuisine, Wine and Spirtis.

For more information, please visit Here are some of the highlights of the Festival:

On Thursday, March 22nd, the first grand tasting event will be held on a stunning stretch of Zihuatanejo’s La Ropa Beach. Enjoy the sunset while you watch a cooking demonstration of preparation techniques of the cuisine that represent this beautiful coastal region of Mexico.

On Friday, March 23rd, 2012 between 9:30am-3:30 pm, you can sign up for the “Architectural Tours: Experience Zihuatanejo Style by Viticultores Unidos.” You will tour private homes throughout Zihuatanejo in neighborhoods including Desarrollo Monte Cristo, Punta Godomia, Avenida Escénica la Majahua and Zihuatanejo. Experience the local culture, architecture and design. “Mingle with local designers as you sample local cuisine and wines from JC Bravo, Paralelo, Shimul, Viñas Pijoan, Casa de Piedra and Santa Elena.”

1st Tour – 9:30am – 11:30am

2nd Tour – 11:30am – 1:30pm

3rd Tour – 1:30pm – 3:30pm

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On Friday night, at the Puerto Mío Pier in Zihuatanejo, you can take a sunset cruise. Sail around Zihuatanejo Bay past the cruise ships into the Pacific. Get a panoramic Vino con Vista of Ixtapa’s skyline. The sunset tour will be paired with local cuisine and noteworthy Mexican wines like Paralelo, Shimul, Tres Valles, Viñas Pijoan, JC Bravo, Aborigen, Santa Elena, Unión and Casa de Piedra.

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Another interesting aspect is the Culinary tour. On Thursday, March 22 12:30-2:30 pm, “The Culinary Tour of Zihuatanejo” gives you a behind-the-scenes kitchen tour of three beloved local restaurants. At this hands-on culinary experience you will learn about the importance of fresh, local ingredients to  authentic regional Mexican cuisine. In November 2010, Mexican cuisine was added by UNESCO to its lists of the world’s “intangible cultural heritage“.

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The final Grand Tasting is on Saturday, March 24th at Marina Ixtapa. The street party will celebrate the traditional street food of Mexico and around the world. Marcus Samuelsson‘s will offer a cooking demo. You can dance to a late-night performance by a Latin house band as you enjoy specialty cocktails and Mexican wine. They will be pouring some of the best wines of Mexico: Paralelo, Shimul, Tres Valles, Viñas Pijoan, JC Bravo, Aborigen, Santa Elena, Unión and Casa de Piedra.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @

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Fiesta de la Vendimia 2012 in Curico Chile: Festival of the Wine Harvest

The 2012 Festival of the Wine Harvest will take place on March 23, 24 and 25 in Plaza de Armas in Curicó. The famous Fiesta de la Vendimia is one of the oldest of the country. Curico is located in the Maule Region in Chile‘s central valley. The city has a vibrant wine culture with La Ruta del Vino (The Wine Route) in the Curicó Valley.

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Miguel Torres Maczassek, the CEO of the Miguel Torres vineyard, started the Harvest Festival 26 years ago and it has become an exciting event for wine enthusiasts and a boon to Curicó’s tourism industry. It is held on the Plaza de Armasis, the main Square in Curico with beautiful palm trees, exotic plants and fountains. There is a monument to Lautaro carved on the trunk of a beech tree by Heraclio “Kako” Calquín from Vichuquén. You will also find the mayor‘s house (alcaldía) and the governor’s house near the Plaza de Armas. Some of the other interesting sites include: the Alameda Antonio Manso de Velasco avenue and Condell hill with a panoramic view of the city and the San Francisco church.

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Here’s a list of the 2012 Festival of the Harvest events:

March 23  (18:00 to 24:00 in Plaza de Armas):Wine exhibition 2012 with wine pairing, food, crafts and a Harvest show. There will be a Presentation of the Harvest Queen

March 24 (10:00 to 24:00 in Plaza de Armas): Traditional Harvest Ceremony 2012 Blessing of the First Wort, Weighing of the queen, Announcing of the Harvest and Grape Stepping Contest. Folklore Show in time of Harvest Harvest show 2012 International Artistic Show

March 25 (11:00 to 18:00 in Plaza de Armas): Wine exhibition 2012 and Solemn Harvest Mass 2012 with Traditional Harvest Games and a Folklore Show.

The wineries of the Curicó valley will be offering wine tastings including: AltaCima, Aresti, Correa Albano, Echeverría, Las Pitras, Mario Edwards, Miguel Torres, Millamán, San Pedro, Valdivieso and Viñedos Puertas.

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Visit the oldest building in the city, La Iglesia San Francisco (San Francisco’s Church). It was built in 1734 and was moved to its current location in 1759.The city’s hero is Luis Cruz Martínez, a Chilean soldier from the War of the Pacific, who died in 1882 in Perú.

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27th Annual Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival 2012

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Attend the 27th Annual Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival 2012

WHEN: Saturday, March 10, 2012 (12 – 3:00 p.m.)

WHERE: Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn

COST: $45 per person; Admission includes a souvenir wine glass and access to all of the free tastings from the domestic and international wineries, vineyards and wine distributors.


Hilton Head Island is about 20 miles north of Savannah, Georgia and about 95 miles south of Charleston; you can fly into either airport. The Festival provides wine lovers and gourmet foodies an opportunity to sample outstanding domestic and international wines. There will be plenty of the Lowcountry‘s best cuisine. The The Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival and Silent Auction will be held from 12 – 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. The Wine & Food Festival’s Silent Auctions benefit educational opportunities for students in the Hospitality programs at the University of South Carolina Beaufort and the Technical College of the Lowcountry though the John T. and Valerie Curry scholarship fund.

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The 27th Annual Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival attracts wine enthusiasts from all over the country and wineries from all over the world.  This event is one of the largest outdoor, Internationally Judged Wine events on the East Coast. The Judges are all accredited either through the Society of Wine Educators or by the Court of Master Sommeliers.

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The Annual Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival brings together wine, spirits and food lovers for a six-days of events. The Great Chefs of the South Wine Dinners took take place at various restaurants and locations on Hilton Head Island, between Monday March 5th and Friday, March 9th, 2012, The Wine & Food Festival Auction offered visitors an opportunity to bid on impressive lots of wine and is the most extensive wine auction on Hilton Head Island. The event was held on Friday, March 9th, 2012 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Sea Pines Resort, Harbour Town Conference Center.

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The Durbanville Wine Valley celebrates “Feast of the Grape” in South Africa

The Durbanville Wine Valley celebrates the annual “‘Feast of the Grape.” Durbanville is in the Western Cape province of South Africa, it now forms part of the greater City of Cape Town metropolitan area. Durbanville is surrounded by farms producing wine and wheat.

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WHEN:   March 21. 2012; Human Rights Day

The Durbanville Feast of the Grape is hosted on twelve wine farms. The day is filled with grape-stomping, wine, food, live music and hay rides in the vineyards.

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Participating wine farms include: Altydgedacht, Bloemendal, D’Aria, De Grendel, De Vallei, Diemersdal, Durbanville Hills, Hillcrest Estate, Klein Roosboom, Meerendal, Nitida and Phizante Kraal.

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Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia: The Grape Harvest Festival in Mendoza Argentina

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The Grape Harvest Festival in most countries occurs around the time of the main harvest of a given region. Given the differences in climate and crops around the world, harvest festivals can be found at various times throughout the world.

In Mendoza, the capital city, they have a national harvest festival in early March called The Grape Harvest Festival;  Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia.” There’s plenty of food,  wine and tango!

The tradition started in 1936, and attendance has been growing exponentially since the onset of the festival. It starts with a blessing of the grapes that leads to parades and performances. It is one of the most important festivals in the country and attracts a large number of tourists to the region.

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Mendoza is a province in the Cuyo region of Argentina. The Grape harvest Festival is a  world renowned celebration of wine and winemaking. Each of the 18 departments in Mendoza Province prepare for the festival in the early months of the year.The Grape Harvest Festival is an extravaganza held in Mendoza city. It integrates customs, rites of passage and rituals into a multi-day festival. The main events occurs in the first week of March in Mendoza city featuring hundreds of dancers and performers. The festivities culminate in the selection of a “Reina Nacional de la Vendimia” (National Vendimia Queen) and a large firework display.

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The first vendimia celebrations in the Mendoza Province occurred in the 17th century in the wineries. The first official Vendimia festival took place in 1936. The tradition started and was later supported by various areas in the government and prestigious institutions in the province. Today this celebration is a National Festival. The origins of the Grape Harvest Festival date back to 1936 when Frank Romero Day was serving as the Minister of Industry and Public Works. The celebrations began at the gates of General San Martín Park and involved Dr. Miguel Ángel Cárcano the Minister of Agriculture.

Here’s a video of the amazing event:

Traditional dancers and musicians from Mendoza provide a spectacular large-scale sound and light show in the Frank Romero Day Amphitheatre on the final three evenings. At the end of the festival, around 700 performers frolick beneath rainbow-coloured lights. The show pays homenage to the “Virgen de la Carrodilla” and features traditional folklore and music. The finale event entails the selection of the “Reina Nacional de la Vendimia” and then there is a large firework display.

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There are a number of important traditional events that lead to this culminating spectacle in Mendoza. The Festival begins with the humble blessing of the grapes (the Benediction of the fruit) that takes place on the last Sunday of February. In Mendoza, the peasants thank their saints for the good harvest. The ceremony of the offering and blessing of the fruit was a biblical tradition that began with Moses.  Thanks are given to God for the harvest and the new wine is offered while evoking the Carrodilla Virgin, patron saint of the vineyards. The Virgin ritual was brought to Argentina from Aragon, Spain by Antonio Solanilla. It is believed that her presence guarantees a good harvest. The new fruit is blessed before being processed and put in casks.

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At the Carrusel parade, parading Argentine gauchos in typical dress ride their horses up and down the streets with a trail of old wooden ox carts. These carts were one of the first vehicles used in Mendoza over 120 years ago.

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On the evening of the first Friday of March,  Vía Blanca de las Reinas involves a parade of the prettiest women (Reinas) from each district. The election of the district queens begins much earlier in the individual provinces. The Reinas ride alegoric chariots through the streets of Mendoza. They are dressed in decorative outfits designed to celebrate the winemaking tradition and the character of their districts. This event has been known to attract over 200,000 spectators.

The Carrusel Vendimial takes place on Saturday morning. This daylight parade, involves the Reinas riding their chariots through the streets, accompanied by formations of Gauchos riding horses. They are followed by dancers representing various provinces of Argentina and other Latin American Countries. This parade also attracts huge numbers of spectators. When the sun sets and it starts to get dark, one of the most important traditions in the Grape Harvest Festival begins; “the Queens White Way.”housands of people from all of the districts in the Province of Mendoza anxiously await the appearance of their district’s queens and princesses. There is one carriage per district. The Main Event takes place in the “Frank Romero Day Greek Theater” when the Grape Harvest Queen is selected.

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20th Annual Paso Robles Zinfandel Wine Festival 2012 in California

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Make plans to attend the Paso Robles Zinfandel Wine Festival 2012 where Paso Robles Wine Country in California celebrates the historical significance its Zinfandel tradition. You will have an opportunity to enjoy the complex flavors, bright fruit and intense color of Zinfandel wines by exploring the wineries and vineyards of Paso Robles. More than 150 wineries will be hosting an array of events including Zinfandel barrel tastings, winemaker dinners, vineyard tours, barbecues and live music. There will be cuisine from more than ten of the region’s best restaurants and special winemaker dinners.

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Call 800-549-WINE or visit to purchase tickets and to get more information about the events.

Paso Robles is located in central coastal area along the Salinas River north of San Luis Obispo, California. The city is known for its thermal hot springs and wineries.

Zinfandel is a variety of red grape that is genetically equivalent to the Primitivo variety traditionally grown in Puglia in southern Italy. Wine grapes were brought to Paso Robles soil in the late 1700s by the Spanish conquistadors and Franciscan missionaries.

WHEN: March 16 – 18, 2012

WHERE: Paso Robles Event Center and local wineries2198 Riverside Avenue in Paso Robles, California

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On Saturday, March 17, 2012 at the Paso Robles Event Center there will be a Zin Tasting & Wine Country Auction with complimentary gourmet bites. This will be an outstanding Vino con Vista Weekend!

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Top Seafood and Wine Festivals

Here’s a list of the top Seafood and Wine Festivals

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Kapalua Wine & Food Festival in  Maui, Hawaii is held in June. This festival started in 1981 and has grown to become one of Maui’s most popular. It is held at the  Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua and, attracts chefs, winemakers, critics and foodies.




Clayoquot Oyster Festival in British Columbia is held in November.

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The  Shellfish farms on Vancouver Island‘s west coast harvest roughly 50,000 gallons of oysters a year. In “Oysterember” local chefs and wineries from British Columbia have an annual celebration.


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Crab & Wine Days in  Mendocino, California is held in January.

This celebration kicks off Taste Mendocino, a three-weekend festival showcasing locally caught Dungeness crab and locally produced wines. Check out the annual crab cake cook-off and wine tasting at Fort Bragg‘s Noyo Harbor.

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Harvest on the Harbor in Portland, Maine is held in October.

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Portland is the perfect spot for a weekend filled with top chefs and international wines. Attend the Grand Tasting accompanied by a 7-piece bluegrass band!


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Cayman Cookout on Grand Cayman Island is held January.

The glitzy Ritz-Carlton hosts an open-air event on Seven Mile Beach.

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Newport Seafood & Wine Festival in Oregon is held in February.

The 2012 theme is  “Swingin’ On the Vine for the 35th Time.”  Enjoy local oyster, crab, and other seafood dishes while you sip on Pinot Noir, Cab and local mead wine (made from honey).


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Taste of the Beach on the Outer Banks of North Carolina is held in March.

This festival has “more than 40 events showcasing local seafood and libations from around the world.” There are interesting events like a chowder cook-off and a the tapas crawl.


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Pebble Beach Food & Wine in Pebble Beach, California is held in April.

Attend a four-day gastronomic celebration in golf mecca!

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