NOWFE’s the Time: New Orleans Wine and Food Experience

The annual New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (NOWFE) is a literal and figurative feast for the senses. Comprised of several events that include everything from a stroll down Royal Street to a charitable component, NOWFE is a 21-and-up experience that showcases what the city of New Orleans does best: fine dining.

We’re fortunate that many of NOWFE’s events take place in and around the French Quarter, May 23-29, 2016. Check out a few of the standout events below, and if you can’t make it to NOWFE, don’t worry! You can eat like you’re there at our restaurant, Criollo, one of NOWFE’s renowned participants.

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A chef at Criollo cooks up something special… check them out at NOWFE! (Photo courtesy Criollo on Facebook)

Vinola!

Friday, May 27 at 2:00pm

Sample rare, elite wines from around the world during NOWFE’s Vinola!, an event created especially for wine connoisseurs. The winemakers themselves will present many of the selections, which include wines from vineyards like Antica Napa Valley, Pernod Ricard, Jackson Family Wines, and more.

New Orleans Wine & Food Experience kicks off the weekend with the Royal Street Stroll. (Photo courtesy NOWFE)

New Orleans Wine & Food Experience kicks off the weekend with the Royal Street Stroll. (Photo courtesy NOWFE)

Royal Street Stroll

Friday, May 27 at 5:30pm

Second line through the French Quarter down Royal Street during NOWFE’s annual Royal Street Stroll, happening rain or shine. The Krewe of Cork leads this parade-style stroll, with several elite winemakers serving as Grand Marshals. Royal Street is one of the city’s most iconic streets, featuring beautiful antique shops, historic architecture, and the sounds of live jazz. Wearing wine-inspired costumes to this event is highly encouraged.

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Grand Tasting

Saturday, May 28 at 6:00pm

Pairing beautiful, full-bodied international wines with some of New Orleans’ best restaurants, Grand Tasting is a not-to-be-missed event at NOWFE. Restaurants like Kingfish, Shaya, and our very own Criollo will be on site, offering up tastes of elegant, gourmet dishes. The Grand Tasting will also feature the eighth annual Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off, in which ten chefs from across the state will compete for the coveted title of “King of Louisiana Seafood.”

Local burlesque stars Trixie Minx & Bella Blue will perform at The Big Gateaux Show during NOWFE 2016. (Photo courtesy NOWFE)

Local burlesque stars Trixie Minx & Bella Blue will perform at The Big Gateaux Show during NOWFE 2016. (Photo courtesy NOWFE)

The Big Gateaux Show

Saturday, May 28 at 9:00pm
Only in New Orleans does a pastry competition have a burlesque element. The 2016 Big Gateaux Show features celebrity chefs and judges alongside local burlesque starlets, Trixie Minx & Bella Blue, combining performance art, pastries and cocktails to much acclaim. The ticketed event has sold out every year, so be sure to purchase tickets in advance!

As with many summer events in New Orleans, Hotel Monteleone is the perfect starting point for experiencing NOWFE. Book your room today!