People love to call New York City the best food city in the United States, but New Orleans may have it beat. Celebrating its 31st year, the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience is a five day, wine-filled tour of the city’s damn good food. Try authentic Ethiopian cuisine from Addis Nola, raw gulf oysters from Elvie’s Cafe and southern fare from Broussards, like Crawfish and Fried Green Tomato Remoulade or Creole Turtle Soup. Hundreds of wineries and restaurants participate, hosting wine dinners and teaching cooking lessons. All profits go to local charity, so go ahead, indulge.
Each day of the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience is associated with a different tasting event. On Thursday, June 8, “Vinola” gives foodies and oenophiles the chance to try rare, higher priced wines from around the world in an close-knit setting. On Saturday, June 12, guests can eat brunch and drink bottomless sparkling wine while watching a burlesque show.
- Over 2,000 people are expected to attend. Pricing is based on individual events — of which there are many. Here are prices for some of the main happenings:
- Thursday, June 8: Vinola $200
- Friday, June 9: Tournament of Rosés, Labs, Experiences $75
- Saturday, June 10: The Grand Tasting, Labs, Experiences $129
- Saturday, June 10: Burlesque, Bubbly & Brunch $60
- Here is another helpful guide on the best things to do in New Orleans.