The mid-Atlantic’s largest wine and food festival returns with over 600 rare and loved wines from 100 wineries along with foods from artisanal producers around the world and the best local restaurants.Â The 13th annual International Wine & Food Festival (IWFF) gives Washingtonians a delectable taste of our own wine and food available right here and around the world. The IWFF will take place February 11 – 12, 2012 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.
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Here’s the rundown:
The Grand Tasting
Wines of the world and the variety of fare that goes along with them is the theme of this premier festival in our Nation’s Capital. At the IWFF Grand Tasting on February 11th & 12th from , over 600 rare, unique and loved wines will be available for tasting from 100 wineries from around the world. All guests at the Grand Tasting will receive an etched Washington, DC International Wine & Food Festival wine glass and have the opportunity to speak directly with winemakers while enjoying and learning about a wide variety of wines.
Beer Garden & Mixology Program
New in 2012, American craft beers will come front and center at the IWFF Beer Garden. Several flavorful craft beers will be available for tasting from many craft breweries. Spirits will also be savored at the Festival with exciting new mixology program in which guests can sample taste, touch and smell the newest ingredients in mixology, sample unique spirits and catch libation lessons by DC’s most buzzworthy mixologists.
Artisanal Foods & Hearty Fare
With an array of foods from artisanal producers to DC’s best restaurants the Festival fare will please foodies and share fun food finds. At the Artisan Row, artisanal food producers from the region and around the world will be sharing their foods. From olive oil producers to new chocolate makers and coffee roasters, the Festival will showcase a variety of unique foods. For hungry Festival attendees, DC restaurants will be providing hearty, savory dishes at Restaurant Row where guests can sample the flavor of DC’s best. For a more in-depth focus on food, DC’s top toques will take center stage with cooking demonstrations in a Viking Range demo kitchen on the Washington Post Grand Stage.
Tickets for the IWFF are available online at www.wineandfooddc.com. The ticket price is $85 for Saturday admission, $80 for Sunday admission or $145 for both days. The ticket price includes an etched IWFF wine glass, unlimited wine tastings, food from DC’s best restaurants in the IWFF Restaurant Row, tastings of foods from artisanal producers and cooking demos from DC’s best chefs on the Washington Post Grand stage. The IWFF is open from 2pm – 6pm on February 11th & 12th and offers industry only hours from noon-2pm on the same days.
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Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a leading source of information for the “who, what, when, and where” of Washington, DC’s elite social, professional, and philanthropic scene, which she founded in November of 2006. In 2012 she launched Pacific Punch, based in Los Angeles. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, Virginia and when she’s not out on the town, she’s reading or writing while sipping fine wine, or traveling the country and the world ISO adventures, beauty, fun, food, style, libations, music, and the good life. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.