The annual New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (NOWFE) draws in gourmands from all over the globe craving a glimpse (and a taste) of authentic New Orleans flavors.

Our hotel’s French Quarter location makes it the perfect destination during NOWFE: head to special NOWFE events on foot, or even plan a beverage break at our on-site restaurant Latitude 29, home to authentic tiki-style cocktails created by legendary author and exotic drink expert Jeff Berry.

Take a look below at some of the standout events at NOWFE:

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The culinary experts at Criollo, located in our sister property Hotel Monteleone, serve up gourmet meals in an elegant setting. (Photo courtesy Criollo on Facebook)

Vinola!

Friday, May 27, 2016 at 2:00pm

We’re personally partial to tiki drinks, but we’d never pass up the chance to sample rare wines from around the world. NOWFE’s Vinola! event features a huge variety of wines, and the winemakers themselves will present many of the selections. Vineyards like Antica Napa Valley, Jackson Family Wines, Pernod Ricard, and more will all have a presence at the event.

Royal Street Stroll

Friday, May 27, 2016 at 5:30pm

NOWFE’s annual Royal Street Stroll, happening rain or shine, is the perfect chance to second line, New Orleans-style. The Krewe of Cork leads the parade, and elite winemakers will serve as its Grand Marshals. Royal Street is one of the city’s most memorable streets: you’ll see antique shops, historic architecture, and live jazz as you parade. A ticket to this event grants you a 2016 Wine Glass & Wristband that allows you to partake in wine & food offerings.

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The Grand Tasting at New Orleans Wine & Food Experience showcases more than 1000 wines alongside delicious foods from over 75 New Orleans restaurants. (Photo courtesy NOWFE)

The Grand Tasting at New Orleans Wine & Food Experience showcases more than 1000 wines alongside delicious foods from over 75 New Orleans restaurants. (Photo courtesy NOWFE)

Grand Tasting

Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 6:00pm

Some of New Orleans’ best restaurants pair up with international wines at Grand Tasting, one of NOWFE’s premier events. Restaurants like Shaya (which was recently named the Best New Restaurant in the country at the James Beard Awards) and Criollo, the restaurant of our sister property Hotel Monteleone, will be offering up samplings of their gourmet dishes. Chefs will be competing for multiple awards, including the Fleur de Lis Culinary Award and the title of “King of Louisiana Seafood,” so you’re sure treat your taste-buds to a culinary delight.

The Big Gateaux Show

Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 9:00pm

Pastry competition meets burlesque performance art in New Orleans. The Big Gateaux Show combines two unlikely activities in one spectacular after-party: the event typically sells out, so plan to purchase advance tickets!

Where To Stay In Downtown New Orleans

Bienville House is located in the heart of the French Quarter, just steps away from the Royal Street Stroll and within walking distance of all of the NOWFE festivities. Book your room now!