Spring is almost upon us, so there’s only one way to celebrate – discover the best food and wine events taking place all over the world in March.
What’s happening in the vineyard? There’s a lot happening this time of the year, in the Southern Hemisphere especially, with countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and South Africa being really busy right now. Guess why? It’s harvest time! Longed for all year round by wine lovers and winemakers, for the special moments it brings, this period reunites the wine industry to organise the best wine and food festivals and events.
The Cincinnati International Wine Festival
2nd – 4th March
The biggest wine festival in the Midwest is celebrating its 27th year this March. Over 100 wineries will be exhibiting 700 wines. The festival is split up into four main events: the winery dinners, the grand tasting, a charity auction and luncheon, and a golf tournament. The festival has raised over $4 million dollars for charity, so you can feel good for doing your bit whilst tasting some fabulous wines.
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Annual Savor Sonoma Valley
18th – 19th March
17 wineries are participating in this year’s event in Sonoma, California. Wineries will be offering tastings straight from the barrel. Taste unique and hard to find wines, taste your all time faves, taste the classics – thre wil be something for everyone.
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2017 Mendoza Grape Harvest Festival
4th – 6th March
La Fiesta de la Vendimia is a big deal in Mendoza. With scenes remeniscent of the Rio carnival, the Argentinians know how to celebrate harvest time in style! The event has been going since 1936 and attracts thousands of visitors each year. Experience customs such as the blessing of the fruit and discover who the Grape Harvest Queen is at the night parade. An occasion not to be missed!
Vendimia Colchagua Harvest Festival in Santa Cruz
3rd – 5th March
Another harvest celebration that takes place in Santa Cruz, a city in the winemaking region in Colchagua. 12 wineries will come together to showcase their latest wines and celebrate with around 100,000 tourists! There will also be a Harvest Queen contest, a music concert and the opportunity to sample local cuisine.
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
31st March – 9th April
Over 200 events take place all over the city in bars and restaurants and often spills out onto the street! With specific wine-related activities such as a Riedel glass tasting and twilight dinners at a vineyard, you are sure to find something to enjoy.
Omnivore World Tour Paris 2017
5th – 7th March
3 days to explore, decompartmentalise and fuel the ongoing debate of contemporary cuisine. Omnivore, more than ever, is much more than a festival of cooking, it is the committed expression of a common desire to move the lines, to redefine the place of cooking – and everything related to it.
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Pink Day is a celebration of Croatian rose and sparkling wines organised by Women On Wine. It takes place in Zagreb. There will be wine and olive oil tastings on offer, as well as workshops and cultural events showcasing all Croatia has to offer.
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