We are taking the safety and health of our attendees, vendors, sponsors and community-at-large very seriously. We are now making plans and are hopeful for a rescheduled date in November 2020. We remain excited to host you and will get back to you as soon as possible with the specific details. All previously purchased tickets will be honored during the rescheduled dates this fall or you may choose to wait until our 2021 or 2022 events, which will be announced at a later date. We will post updated information here as plans finalize. In the meantime, we urge our local audience to support our restaurants, hotels and vendors affected by this situation, as well as our beneficiaries for the 2020 event—New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute (NOCHI) and Café Reconcile.Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to toasting with you soon.


November 16th, 2017

Return of 2-Days of Grand Tastings

New Orleans, Louisiana – Plans are underway for the 2018 New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (NOWFE), in the city that ranks as the #1 food city and #4 top city in the United States in Travel + Leisure’s “The 2017 World’s Best Cities” survey. NOWFE, which also garners its own high rankings as one of the “Best Food & Wine Festivals,” as noted by the Travel Channel, will take place May 23 – 27, 2018 in various locations throughout historic New Orleans.

The Grand Tastings will return to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center along the Mississippi River, for two days Friday, May 25th and Saturday, May 26th. “We are excited to bring back two days of Grand Tastings to the Convention Center this year,” states Jim Fein, NOWFE President.  “We feel this expansion will give our guests the flexibility in choosing which day works best for them, and offers them another day in which to explore our great city. It also provides our winemakers and restaurants with the opportunity to share their wine and food in a larger, open layout and provides more time to interact with guests.”  Other events to note for 2018 include Wine Dinners on Wednesday, May 23rd at more than 20 of New Orleans most celebrated restaurants and the wildly popular signature event, Royal Street Stroll and VINOLA both taking place on Thursday, May 24th. Other new and exciting Seminars and Experiences will take place throughout the event.

For 26 years, the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience has showcased the culinary excellence in our community alongside national and international wines at wine dinners in many of the city’s finest restaurants; at VINOLA, a premium wine tasting event; at the iconic Royal Street Stroll; at dozens of culinary seminars and demonstrations; and ultimately at the Grand Tastings. NOWFE has raised more than $1 million for local non-profit organizations. In 2017, NOWFE chose Nunez Community College Culinary Arts Program as its sole beneficiary. For more information and to visit the media center please visit www.nowfe.com.

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