The second annual, Galveston Island Food & Wine Festival 2011: Wines From Around The World, officially begins April 14th. Pour into bliss this April and join us for a special springtime event that transforms Galveston Island’s Uptown Entertainment District into a food and wine lover’s paradise. With specialty food items, culinary events, sophisticated parties, and live musical entertainment, it is sure to be the event of the year. Enjoy wines from around the world paired with delicious local foods, and learn first-rate tips from popular chefs and renowned winemakers.
Chaîne Dinner Rudy & Paco’s
The Galveston Island Food & Wine Festival, 2011: Wines From Around The World will officially commence with a Chaîne dinner at the famous Rudy & Paco’s. This is an event for La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs™ members who will be lending Galveston their palettes and picking the festival’s Grand Champion wines.
Premium Wine Tasting and Gulf Seafood Showcase
The Premium Wine Tasting and Gulf Seafood Showcase will be making its debut. Located inside the beautiful Old Galveston Square Gallery in the heart of the uptown historic Strand District, this tasting will feature premium wines from over 20 vineyards around the world, with decadent gulf seafood hors d’oeuvres and exclusive art exhibits.
Wine Pairing Dinners at Galveston’s Favorite Restaurants
The successful restaurant and vineyard paired dinners from last year will return. Some of the participating this year are Luigi’s, The M&M, Bernardo’s at Hotel Galvez, Olympia Grill at Pier 21, Shearn’s at Moody Gardens, and 901 Postoffice! The Island’s finest restaurants will pair each course of epicurean perfection with a different wine from their chosen vineyard. More menus and Vineyards will be posted soon.
* Hotel Galvez & Spa Featuring Spanish Wines
* Shearn’s Restaurant Featuring Alexander Valley Wines
* 901 Postoffice Featuring Esprit Du Vin Wines
* Luigi’s Ristorante
* The M&M Restaurant
* Olympia Grill Pier 21 – Menu Coming Soon
The Grand Tasting In The Park
The Grand Tasting in Saengerfest Park is the highlight of the festival. Patrons will embark on a tasting trip through vineyards from all around the world. While getting their wine passports stamped revelers will be able to taste food from the finest restaurants on the island. The fantastic live music and the barrage of artisan exhibits along the park will complete this afternoon of indulgences. Advance Tickets to this event are $45.00 or $50.00 at the gate if available. Guests may also purchase an All Tasting Ticket for $110.00 that will include one ticket to The Grand Tasting In The Park and one ticket to The Premium Tasting and Gulf Seafood Showcase. All attendants of this event will be entered into a Build Your Own Cellar drawing, a bottle of each wine offered at the festival.
Wine & Champagne Brunches
The final day of the festival invites visitors and locals alike to brunches around the island at famed hotels and restaurants. You can’t go wrong with choices such as the Hotel Galvez, Moody Gardens, or the M&M. The brunches will be paired with wines and champagnes from the festival and will be the perfect last call for the weekend.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.galveston.com/foodandwine.