New Orleans is globally famous for having hundreds of festivals every year. People travel far and wide to attend Mardi Gras, the most famous party in the country, but locals know that there are hundreds of more festivals to attend.
The word is out—from food, to music, to niche interests, there is a celebration for everyone. The proof is in the pudding: USA Today's 10 Best Readers' Choice Travel awarded the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience as the 4th best wine festival in the country! Each year, hundreds of wineries and restaurants participate to help the NOWFE celebrate the love of excellent food and wine! The celebration of hospitality began as a four-day event that hosted 11 vintner dinners. Almost no tickets were sold in advance. Today, the event hosts over 7,000 attendees, while still creating opportunity for intimate interactions with world renown chefs and industry insiders. This year, NOWFE participants include wineries such as Alexander Valley Vineyards and Cloudy Bay, as well as restaurants like Evangeline and Meril.
The festival is more than just a great time; over the past 29 years, it has raised over 1.5 million dollars for local non-profits. Thanks to beneficiaries like The New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute and Café Reconcile, the NOWFE can support culinary education through proceeds raised from the festival.
To view information regarding the event and tickets for 2021, or information about previous festivals, visit nowfe.com.