Food & Drink Festivals
Wine & Food Week In The Woodlands Is Just Around The Corner
Wine and culinary enthusiasts, take note: Wine & Food Week returns to The Woodlands next Tuesday, June 6 and runs through Saturday, June 10. This year’s theme, “Inspired! Flavors,” celebrates global cuisines and makers during events designed to educate attendees on a wide range of topics. (Of course, the real reason to attend is the vast amount of food and drink involved.)
Tickets for each event are sold a la carte at prices that range from the curious and budget-conscious ($20) to serious collectors and spenders ($275). The structure also allows attendees to choose experiences tailored to their specific interests. Over 75 chefs, hundreds of winery representatives, and more than 500 wines from around the world will be represented through the week. Here are some select events for consideration, but do head to the website to peruse the full list.
H-E-B Wine Walk at Market Street, Thursday, June 8, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Those looking for variety and a summer festival vibe should plan to attend the Wine Walk at Market Street. For $35 per person, attendees can enjoy live music and a variety of tented tasting stations featuring wine, craft beer and chef-prepared bites. Worried about the heat? Head for the Robert Mondavi Sangria Station and Chill Zone.
Sips, Suds and Tacos, Friday, June 9, 6 to 9 p.m.
Wine, craft beer, and live mariachi music means that this is not your average taco tasting. For $20 per person, attendees will taste chefs’ taco creations as they compete to win the Taco Takedown Trophy. Each guest ticket includes one drink card good for five tastings or a full beverage of your choice. Additional tasting tickets will be available on site for $1 per drink sample ticket.
Art and Wine on the Waterway, Saturday, June 10, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Sip wine in a guided tasting from Banfi Vintners and learn about the unique art benches along the waterway in this air-conditioned cruise. For $50 per person, guests will enjoy a seated, narrated tour hosted by Art Bench commissioned fine artist Rod Flower along with appetizers and wine. The tour starts and ends at the boat launch of The Woodlands Waterway Marriott.
Platinum Wine Vault, Saturday, June 10, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
This tasting features highly acclaimed wines and an exclusive opportunity to rub elbows with special guests and wine experts. Aimed at collectors and enthusiasts, the $250 per person entry fee includes a premium keepsake wine glass, access to the Platinum Wine Vault, entry to the Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting later in the evening, and admission to the “Mercedes-Benz of The Woodlands Luxury VIP Lounge.”
The Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase, Saturday, June 10, 7 to 10 p.m.
Capping off the week is this massive chef competition and tasting event at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. Emmy award-winning TV chef, restaurateur and author, Lidia Bastianich is serving at the “Wizard Gourmet Master of Ceremonies.” Guests will drink bubbles from The Champagne Cove on arrival, and spend the evening enjoying chef demonstrations, a vast wine selection and food from 60 restaurants. Tickets are $125 per person. The main event features chefs competing for a $5,000 cash prize and the Waterford Crystal Chef of Chefs award trophy. Guests will end the night with desserts prepared by renowned pastry chefs vying for the “Just Desserts” Award.