Have you ever tasted a steak dinner prepared by a former chef to Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana?  Tasted a dish prepared by an Aruban chef called “Aruban Patacon” made with veal cheeks braised in sweet soy sauce, topped with ham, gouda cheese, resting between layers of sweet plantain laced with garlic, cilantro and pickled red onion? Most people would answer no to these questions, but past guests of Wine & Food Week events can tell you all about the experience in detail!   Wine & Food Week in The Woodlands started 15 years ago and to date attracts over 20,000 of the most dedicated food and wine enthusiasts from across the country. Each year The Woodlands becomes a platform to showcase some of the finest wines and cuisines from all over the world. The theme for 2018 Wine & food Week is “Taste the Love” and participants include some of the highest rated chefs in the Caribbean, The City of Guadalajara Mexico, winners from The Food Network and other highly rated culinary shows along with The New Wines of Ancient Thrace covering nine European countries!   The hardest part of attending Wine & Food Week is deciding which events to attend. We recommend purchasing tickets to the following three events:                                                           

H-E-B Wine Walk Market Street June 7, 2018 | 5 to 8:30 p.m. | Tickets: $20, $35, $40, $75

A walkabout experience in the vibrant 34-acre Market Street area where the air will come alive with live music by Mango Punch. Sip and stroll your way through Market Street tasting wine and food from around the world! If craft beer is your passion, visit The Ben E. Keith Craft Beer Garden as it offers many selections. While your there, take in some retail therapy at one of the many stores Market Street has to offer.

Sips, Suds & Tacos The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center June 8, 2018 |  6 to 9 p.m. | $25

This event will give you something to taco ‘bout! Be prepared to take your palate on a journey around the world feeling the love and attitude each taco has to offer. Bite after bite, you will explore how the build of the beloved taco evolves across the globe. In addition to your taco journey, the ticket price allows you to sample a wide selection of craft beers and wine from around the world.

The Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase The Woodlands Waterway Marriott & Convention Center June 9, 2018 | 7 to 10 p.m. | Tickets: $75, $125

A culinary enthusiasts’ DREAM, The Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase wraps up the weekend by showcasing over 500 wineries and sixty chefs who are exceptionally excited to share their most reserved vintages and creative plates. At this chef’s competition you will taste the love and passion in each and every bite you take. The overall vibe of this event is invigorating as you watch the chefs prepare for the blind judging. At the end of the night, the winners are announced and you will find yourself eagerly waiting to hear who wins. The first-place winner in the savory division receives a $5,000 cash prize and the coveted Waterford Crystal Chef of Chefs award trophy. The First-place winner in the pastry division receives a $1,000 cash prize. This is an experience you will remember for the rest of your life!

To purchase tickets, volunteer or learn about the other amazing events planned for the week, visit www.wineandfoodweek.com. To book a hotel room and enjoy events throughout the week, visit www.visitthewoodlands.com.