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DC International Wine

It’s going to be a super duper busy week in DC Feb. 11-14. The International Wine & Food Festival is just around the corner with a four-day festival of Grand Tastings, champagne brunch and restaurant wine dinners lined-up. The food this year is cool, too as they are doing a street-foods pavilion where Embassy Chefs will be presenting authentic street snacks & fare from their countries. They are also doing some cool events like wine & cheese pairings and showing movies on a big screen with wine and munchies.

In February, the 11th Annual Washington D.C. International Wine & Food Festival will celebrate the world of wine, food and culture, and shine a light on our city’s diversity and prominence as a world-class destination for wine and food. Washington is a place where diverse cultures meld and those connections are forged and maintained through wine and food; the 11th Annual Festival will commemorate the city’s gastronomic ethnicity and express its multinational lifestyle. More than just a simple tasting, the D.C. International Wine & Food Festival goes beyond a sip and a snack to give Washingtonians a taste of the delectable wine and food available right here in the city—and around the world.

Wines of the world—and the variety of fare that goes along with them—is the theme of the four-day premier festival in our nation’s capital, and event participants will highlight D.C.’s culinary diversity at the main Grand Tasting event as well as in other happenings throughout the weekend. The opening reception at Equinox Thursday, Feb. 11 will feature some of the more than 600 wines available at the festival paired with global hors d’oeuvres dreamed up by Chef Todd Gray. A wine and cheese pairing Friday, Feb. 12 will offer a countless number of specialty cheeses and accompanying wines imported from the far reaches of the globe. Local restaurants will be holding special-menu Winemaker Dinners throughout the weekend, and the festival will wrap up with a Champagne Brunch to benefit D.C. Central Kitchen, as well as a Film Night featuring the film Bottle Shock, which tells the story of how California’s Montelana Winery challenged France’s position as the world’s top winery Sun-day, Feb. 14.

During the Grand Tasting Feb. 13-14, international dishes will be served in a street festival setting with chefs and wineries collaborating on food and wine pairings. Brought to D.C. by The Washington Post in conjunction with other partners, the show will give visitors the opportunity to sample a host of wines from international producers, matched with street style cuisine prepared by representatives from the participating countries. Embassy chefs will add an authentic flavor to the experience during food and wine competitions to be judged by local experts in the field. Tickets are available at http://wineandfooddc.com/Tickets.html.

While the Grand Tasting and Street Fare Food Show is a highlight, D.C.-based chefs and restaurants are hosting a range of other events from Feb. 11-14 as part of the festival. A full schedule and list of participants is available at http://wineandfooddc.com/Events.html.

Use discount code PUN10 for $15 off.


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