Baltimore rose to prominence as a regional trading and shipping hub during the late 18th Century. Today, the city’s notoriety comes from being one of the top destinations on the East Coast thanks to world-class museums, colonial architecture, trendy shops, and a cutting edge culinary scene. With activity and attraction-packed neighborhoods like Inner Harbor and Fells Point, your next Baltimore vacation may turn into an extended getaway.
The Baltimore Wine and Food Festival has been the city’s top culinary showcase for the past decade. This year’s event will take place May 6 at Rash Field, which is located directly on the waterfront in the Inner Harbor neighborhood. The event is intended to unite the city’s top culinary talent with Baltimore food lovers. Attendees will be able to sample culinary creations from a collection of the city’s best restaurants and food trucks. More than 150 beers, wines, and spirits will also be available to sample, and patrons will receive a complimentary souvenir glass. Proceeds from the event go to the Spirit of Hope Children’s Foundation, which provides support and education to children and adults with mental and physical disabilities. We got the chance to interview Mary Wallace, a representative of the event, to learn more about this showcase of Baltimore’s finest food and wine.
RAL: How long has the event been running?
MW: This will be our 2nd year, but this event has been taking place in other locations for over 10 years.
RAL: How many annual participants do you draw?
MW: We anticipate around 4,000 attendees.
RAL: What demographic does your event attract? Children? Families? Couples?
MW: All of the above! This is a family friendly event with something for everyone.
RAL: What makes this event unique?
MW: This event is an excellent way to get outside and celebrate the beginning of spring and sample wines from all around the world!
RAL: What activities will patrons encounter?
MW: There will be a champagne lounge, wine and spirit tastings, exhibitions, and more.
RAL: Will there be any guest appearances?
MW: Yes, we will have chefs from local restaurants featuring one-of-a-kind food samples in our VIP section.
RAL: What will attendees find for dining options?
MW: There will be a variety of food trucks and food stands available onsite! Everything from high end to a quick snack.
RAL: What is the environment like?
MW: We have beautiful views of downtown Baltimore and a great, local DJ as well as a local artist performing.
RAL: What can an attendee expect to find for local lodging?
MW: Our hotel sponsor is Hyatt Place. Go to their website to check availability.
RAL: What does this event mean to the community?
MW: It drives locals and travelers alike to Baltimore's beautiful Inner Harbor!
RAL: Does this drive business to your local economy?
MW: It certainly does! It is also in the midst of Baltimore tourism week, so there will be lots of people and special deals out and about!
RAL: Does the event support a special cause in the community?
MW: Yes, it’s a fundraiser for the Spirit of Hope Children’s Foundation!
RAL: Why should people come to your event?
MW: This event is a wonderful way to spend a Saturday trying new wines, making new friends, and enjoying spring time weather. Plus, it all takes place at the world famous Baltimore Inner Harbor.
For more information about the Baltimore Wine and Food Festival, please visit the event website.