Key West has long been serious about its libations, but the rise of the Key West Food and Wine Festival to the top of the hot-foodie-destination list shows that the island has more to offer than just the perfect margarita.
With its quirky vibe and come-as-you-are attitude, the Conch Republic calls for all to leave their pretensions on the mainland. You’ll want to kick back and indulge, in true Key West style, in wines from around the world and local chef specialties featuring the fruits of the sea. This tropical bacchanalia takes over the streets of historic Old Town in January; the 2016 festival runs from January 25 through 29.
In addition to a slew of tasting events, the Festival is hosting a series of winemaker dinners, which afford the unique opportunity to learn about the wines directly from the source. Buy your tickets early as seating is limited.
Wednesday, January 25 from 7pm-10pm, join Master Sommelier, Joseph Spellman from JUSTIN Winery at the Southernmost Beach Cafe where Executive Chef, Matthew Slattery, will prepare a truly inspired menu for the perfect wine pairing.
Thursday, January 26 from 7pm-10pm, Sara Brewer from Wayward Vines, representing Niven Family Estates, teams up once again with Chef David Furhman from Great Events Catering at the iconic Southernmost House. Plan for an unforgettable evening of food and wine at the aptly named "SEAFOOD UNDER THE STARS."
Friday, January 27 from 7pm-9pm, festival favorite, Luciano Castiello, Banfi Ambassador will host an Italian-inspired Banfi Wine Dinner at The Reach Resort. The evening will feature a wonderfully curated menu by Spencer's by the Sea Executive Chef Jose Gomez, complemented by Luciano's favorite picks from the Castello Banfi Collection.
Saturday, January 28 from 7pm-10pm, join Anne Bousquet from Domaine Bousquet Winery upstairs at Banana Cafe. Chef Christopher Vargas and Executive Chef/owner Dominique Falkner have put together an unforgettable classic French inspired menu paired with wine from Argentina, made in the French style.
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