Culinary Festivals Converge in New Orleans

By SWM.com Staff

crawfish-boilAs if there weren’t enough reasons to visit New Orleans, now there’s three more: The New Orleans Wine & Food Festival, the Louisiana Seafood Festival and the Tales of the Cocktail festival.

The 20th annual New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (NOWFE) kicks off summer with its five-day extravaganza May 22-26, 2012. If food and wine is your forte, the NOWFE is for you. Featuring over 175 wineries, 1000 wines, and dozens of international wine and food experts, the NOWFE also raises over $125,000 annually for local charities. Take in one of the wine and food seminars, enjoy wine dinners at some of the cities most celebrated restaurants, or participate in a one-of-a-kind wine tasting events. Event tickets and special hotel packages can now be reserved at www.nowfe.com.

If soft-shell crabs make your mouth water, the annual Louisiana Seafood Festival is not to be missed. The crab and crawish feast takes place in June. Enjoy the seafood festival in the heart of New Orleans and feast on the abundance of seafood that plays a tremendous part in the heritage and culture of the city. From the traditional Louisiana shrimp po’boy to classic New Orleans crawfish étouffée, seafood lovers will never forget this experience.

Tales of the Cocktail is an internationally acclaimed festival of cocktails, cuisine and culture held annually in New Orleans. The event brings together award-winning mixologists, authors, bartenders, chefs and designers for a five-day celebration of the history and artistry of making drinks. Each year offers a Spirited Dinner® series, demos, tastings, competitions, seminars, book signings, tours and parties all perfectly paired with some of the best cocktails ever made.