One of the great things about winter is all of the food festivals and restaurant weeks that take place in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. There are so many different styles of food and wine and great restaurants to explore in the area! Next weekend, February 13th to 15th, is the 15th Annual Washington D.C. International Wine and Food Festival at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. This great Washington D.C. event is a celebration of wine, cuisine and culture. There are opportunities to sample food and wine, meet and speak with wine makers, chefs and other taste makers. There are daily seminars, food pairings, wine tastings, dinner and signature events each evening. The signature events do have a separate cost, which range from $75-$150. The D.C. Wine Festival is for adults aged 21 and over only.
The International Wine and Food Festival Marketplace is free and open to the public from 12pm to 8pm on February 13th and 14th. There are over 40 artists showcasing their unique products, which are perfect gift ideas for Valentine’s Day. There are also complimentary beverages and special festival discounts. This is a great way to enjoy the ambiance of the D.C. Wine Festival.
There are many great Signature Events that will allow the attendee to have personalized tastings and discussions with wine makers and local chefs during the D.C. Wine Festival. The Wine Tasting Room is the place to purchase wines in either a taste or a glass from the world’s many great wine regions. You can also meet wine makers and educators and learn more about the wines that you taste. The Regional Wine and Food Celebration Event shines the spotlight on Washington D.C.’s most accomplished chefs. The wines are paired with the food to accentuate the flavors of the specialty dishes that are created for the dinners. The International Tasting Day Event offers the ability to sample 200 wines from 200 diverse wineries. The wine makers will be on hand to give insights to their winery’s history and the wine making process. The Last Sipper/Sustainable Saturday Event features recipes from Washington D.C.’s Chef’s Table, a cookbook highlighting Washington D.C.’s best chefs. Attendees will be able to sample foods and beverages focused on sustainability and responsible farming practices. All of the Signature Events do require pre-booking, so check out the website for further information.
This year, the International Food and Wine Festival is partnering with Cohn’s Kitchen, a Washington D.C. based non-profit whose mission is to provide restaurant and culinary job training and work force development to underserved and under-privileged young adults who have demonstrated a passion for employment in the restaurant industry. There will be a silent auction during the Festival. You can keep up-to-date on the events during the festival via their Facebook Page or their Twitter Page. Escape the cold and enjoy this annual Washington DC event offering great wine and food.