Today is June 1, which means that we are officially half way through 2016. This is the part of the year where I’m normally trying to piece together everything that happened during the first six months. For Houstonians, June 1 marks the final days of decent weather before the dreadful humidity seeps in and takes over for the next four months. But, June is also the beginning of the summer event season. Miller Outdoor Theatre is now open and the Free Summer Press Festival is next weekend. (Oh, how I’m going to miss Allen Stone #teardrop)
Me? I’m partial to the events that involve drinking and eating….and then drinking some more. However, food and wine festivals can be pretty pricey, especially when they’re in another city or state. Luckily, local foodies and winos won’t have to look far for their next event this summer. Next week kicks off the 12th Annual Wine & Food Week in The Woodlands…and from the looks of it, the event organizers are pulling out all the bells and whistles for this one!
Wine & Food Week is the largest wine and culinary event in the region! This year’s theme is “New York State of Mind.” Like New York, Houston is a melting pot of different cultures from around the world and the event guarantees to offer that same diversity in its wine and food selections. Wine & Food Week will feature more than 500 wines, 75 restaurants, legendary wine producers and culinary personalities. In addition, former Houstonian Tristen Epps will be in attendance. You may know him as a finalist on Season Three of “The Taste,” but he now works with the internationally-acclaimed Marcus Samuelsson Group in New York City. In addition, the legendary Tony Vallone will join the Chef of Chefs Hall of Fame this year.
I’m excited because there is literally something for everyone to do. Beer and cigars for the men, a women’s only luncheon, educational seminars, and the H-E-B Wine Walk where attendees can sip and stroll around Market Street. You’ll find me at Sips, Suds & Tacos next Friday, June 10. Tacos and wine? Yes, please! I can’t wait to see how those pair together. Wine & Food Week will culminate with the grand daddy of events—the Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase. Here guests sample delectable cuisine and hundreds of wines as chefs representing more than 60 of the nation’s top restaurants compete for Wine & Food Week’s Waterford Crystal Chef of Chefs Award and a $5,000 cash and prize package.
Oh and I can’t close without mentioning how affordable these events are. Prices range from $20 to $125 if you purchase your tickets in advance. So, start your summer early and check out Wine & Food Week next week! For a full listing of events and prices visit www.wineandfoodweek.com.
Has anyone been before? If so, let me know your thoughts. I can’t wait to try new wines and share them with you. Stay tuned for more later this month. Until next time…