Preview of this year’s Asheville Wine & Food Festival

Festival Coaster (camiphoto.com)
Festival Coaster (camiphoto.com)

Last year I attended my first Asheville Wine & Food Festival as a VIP attendee at the Grand Tasting. This year I am excited to be a part of the official media team covering SWEET on Friday, August 23 and the Grand Tasting on Saturday, August 24.

Troy & Sons Moonshine (travelingwinechick.com)
Troy & Sons Moonshine (travelingwinechick.com)

The Asheville Wine & Food Festival began in 2007 as a celebration of “all that’s worth savoring in the Blue Ridge Mountains.” In its seventh year, next week’s festival is presented by EDISON at The Omni Grove Park Inn and has grown to four events, which include:

WNC Chefs Challenge (camiphoto.com)
WNC Chefs Challenge (camiphoto.com)

WNC Chefs Challenge –  An Iron Chef-style competition for the title of Best Chef in Western North Carolina, with semifinal challenges to be held next week at Pack’s Tavern and the finale at The Grand Tasting on Saturday, August 24.

Elixir (camiphoto.com)
Elixir (camiphoto.com)

Elixir – A mixology competition and libations at The Venue, which will include craft spirits from North Carolina distilleries such as Troy & Sons Moonshine (Asheville), Cardinal Gin (Southern Artisan Spirits, Kings Mountain), and Carriage House Apple Brandy (Carolina Distillers, Lenoir).

SWEET (camiphoto.com)
SWEET (camiphoto.com)

SWEET – Billed as a “decadent evening of desserts,” local bakers, chocolatiers, pâtissiers, wine vendors, and distillers will offer irresistible pairings in the Grove Arcade, which will be open late for your shopping, sipping, and noshing pleasure.

Festival Tent (ashevillewineandfood.com)
Festival Tent (ashevillewineandfood.com)

The Grand Tasting – The culmination of the festival at the U.S. Cellular Center, which includes 125 local, regional, and international wine distributors and vintners, artisan food producers, chefs, cookbook authors, farmers, craft brewers, and distillers. A list of participants can be found here.

Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard & Winery, Fallston, North Carolina (travelingwinechick.com)
Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard & Winery, Fallston, North Carolina (travelingwinechick.com)

The good news is that tickets are still available at this link, so I hope you will join me next week for this year’s festival! Cheers!

2013 New York Wine Expo: Promo Codes and More!

Finger Lakes wines at the New York Wine Expo
Finger Lakes wines at the New York Wine Expo

The 2013 New York Wine Expo is less than three weeks away, so if you haven’t purchased your tickets, what are you waiting for? Head over to Eventbrite with promo code wineblog to receive $15 off!

There are also some great seminars at the Expo that are not to be missed. As many of you know, I am a huge fan of wines from the Finger Lakes. They were just reviewed extensively in Wine Spectator. At the Expo, you will have a chance to learn about Finger Lakes wines as well during the seminar, “The Cool Climate, World Class Wines of the Finger Lakes” on Saturday, March 2 from noon until 1:00 p.m. Tickets for this seminar, as well as the others, can also be purchased at Eventbrite.

And if you’re still unsure, take a look at the list of Grand Tasting participants, which include wineries and vineyards and lifestyle products. This Expo is a must-do if you love wine and food!

2013 New York Wine Expo

New York Wine Expo Glass
New York Wine Expo Glass

I’m thrilled to announce that I am part of the New York Wine Expo‘s official media blogging team. That means you can count on me to be your personal guide for information related to the New York Wine Expo coming up in just four short weeks.

The New York Wine Expo is celebrating its sixth anniversary this year. You will be able to travel around the wine world without leaving New York City’s Javits Center. The Expo will offer over 600 wines for your tasting pleasure, along with food and other lifestyle exhibits. “The Expo is truly a feast for the senses, with wines from every corner of the world represented,” said Ed Hurley, Marketing Director, ResourcePlus Shows & Events. “For anyone who enjoys wine or is a beginner and wants to learn, a day at the Expo is a deliciously fun way to spend time with friends and family.”

The schedule for the Expo is as follows:

Grand Tasting: Friday, March 1, 6pm to 10pm – $85
Grand Tasting: Saturday, March 2, 1pm to 5pm – $95
Trade Only: Sunday, March 3, Noon to 4pm

Tasting New York Wines at the New York Wine Expo
Tasting New York Wines at the New York Wine Expo

Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite. Tickets are $15 off if you use the discount code wineblog.

There will also be guest appearances by celebrity chefs, such as David Venable from QVC’s In the Kitchen with David®, as well as special wine and food seminars (for an additional cost) like “Wine 101: Taste Like a Pro” with Wine Spectator’s Director of Education Gloria Maroti Frazee, “California Pinot Noir: Touring The State’s Great Pinot Regions” with David Rossi of Fulcrum Wines, “The Cool Climate, World Class Wines of the Finger Lakes,” and “Italian Cheeses and Wine” with Lou DiPalo, the Cheese Guru of DiPalo’s Fine Foodsin Little Italy, NYC.

Please stay tuned for more information, updates, and opportunities in the next four weeks! Cheers!