The food and wine festival circuit gets more and more saturated with every passing year, and so, from time to time, it can be useful to list upcoming events in one place. Here are eleven of the most significant festivals, congresses, block parties, and trade shows going on around the world within the next two months.
Portland Cocktail Week
When: October 20 - October 23
Where: Portland, Oregon
What: Master mixologists, industry types, and booze fanatics converge on Portland for four days of seminars, tastings, and parties. Eater PDX has the full rundown.
Le Grand Fooding Milano
When: October 20 - October 22
Where: Milan, Italy
What: Massimo Bottura (Osteria Francescana, Modena), Mario Carbone (Torrisi Italian Specialties, NYC), Mauro Colagreco (Mirazur, Menton), and Giovanni Passerini (Rino, Paris) are among the chefs taking part in "Il Trionfo Dello Spaghetto Gigante," the most recent event from the always wacky, always interesting folks at Le Fooding. The conceit this time: is Italian food better when eaten and prepared in Italy, or when it's made by chefs working outside of The Boot?
Food & Wine All Star Weekend
When: October 21 - October 23
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
What: Gail Simmons hosts this Vegas festival, which will take place between the Bellagio and Aria resorts and feature chefs Masa Takayama, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Michael Mina, and Stephanie Izard.
Taste of Atlanta
When: October 22 + 23
Where: Atlanta, Georgia
What: Now entering its 10th year, Taste of Atlanta is designed to showcase the restaurants of that city, and this year over 80 local spots will be preparing bites for the event. Prices are gentle compared to most of the other listings on here.
Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair
When: November 3 - November 5
Where: Hong Kong
What: Asia's largest wine event, featuring 750 exhibitors from all over the globe.
Music To Your Mouth
When: November 15 - November 20
Where: Bluffton, South Carolina
What: Films, bourbon tastings, demos, and even 5k races make up the program of Music To Your Mouth, which will take place at the picturesque waterfront resort Palmetto Bluff. The lineup skews southern, with familiar names like Sean Brock, John T. Edge, Tory McPhail, and Ashley Christensen running much of the show.
Flavor! Napa Valley
When: November 17 - November 20
Where: Napa, California
What: As might be expected, the inaugural Flavor! Napa Valley will emphasize wine, but you can also count on checking out many chefs, too: established locals like Cindy Pawlcyn, Tyler Florence, and Michael Chiarello, as well as expansionists like Scott Conant and Masaharu Morimoto. There'll be plenty of stuff hosted over at the CIA at Greystone campus.
Barbados Food & Wine And Rum
When: November 18 - November 21
What: Tom Colicchio, Marcus Samuelsson, and Ming Tsai get top billing at this demo-filled festival. There are some swanky dinners at The Sandy Lane, as well as a party inside the museum home of the old British Airways Concorde.
Chicago Food Film Festival
When: November 18 - November 20
Where: Chicago, Illinois
What: After wrapping up its fifth annual event in New York last month, The Food Film Festival brings its three-day party of tastings and food-centric films (shorts, mostly), to Chi-Town.
When: November 21 - November 23
Where: San Sebastian, Spain
What: This year Gastronomika, one of Europe's premiere gastronomic congresses, will be "plunging head-first into culinary plurality" by focusing on the emerging and evolving cuisines of Brazil, Peru, and Mexico. Among the many major chefs set to present are Enrique Olvera (Pujol Restaurant, Mexico), Alex Atala (Dom, Sao Paulo), and the Peruvian superstar Gastón Acurio. You can also expect to see the Spanish giants — Roca, Ruscalleda, and Basque locals Aduriz, Arzak, and Berasategui — as well as international chefs like Grant Achatz and Heston Blumenthal.
Experimental Cuisine Collective
When: November 30, December 14
Where: New York City
What: Experimental Cuisine Collective, the group known for putting together blissfully geeky lectures related to food, has two events left for 2011: one with Yale professor Dana Small, and another with the pastry chef Will Goldfarb.
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