While the Maryland waterfront features an excellent collection of fun things to do, there is no better destination to launch a Maryland getaway than National Harbor. This waterfront district is home to more than 75 shops, 160 retailers, and a variety of live entertainment venues offering something for every traveler. The area is also a hotbed for artistic expression, and art enthusiasts will be enamored with public art displays including The Awakening and The Belvedere. Don’t miss the opportunity to take a ride on the Capital Wheel, which is a 180-foot tall observation wheel offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and monuments.
National Wine and Food Festival at National Harbor has been one of the leading food and beverage tasting events in the region for nearly a decade, and it will take place April 28-29 on the Waterfront in National Harbor. This year's event will introduce foodies to a variety of chefs and culinary pioneers from across the planet. Attendees will have the chance to sample offerings from some of the area’s top food providers such as Brother Jimmy’s BBQ, Hollywood Oyster Company, Bobby McKey’s Dueling Piano Bar, and more. The event will also feature more than 150 regional and international wines, beers, and spirits for all-you-care-to-taste sampling. If patrons find a vintage of wine they like, they can stop by the onsite wine store to purchase a bottle. People looking to learn about cooking, the culinary industry, and wine pairings can participate in a variety of workshops at the Drink.Eat.Relax Kitchen. Some of the featured presenters include Scott Drewno, Amy Brandewein, and more. Purchase of a VIP ticket includes special tastings and pairings, a VIP-only tasting glass, souvenirs, VIP washrooms, and more. ResortsandLodges.com interviewed Event Representative, Jessica Maczka, to learn more about this remarkable culinary spectacular.
RAL: Tell me a little bit about the event.
JM: Join in the excitement of the 10th Annual National Wine and Food Festival at National Harbor; bringing together world-renowned chefs, artisanal craftsmen, and culinary pioneers with thousands of foodies.
RAL: How long has the event been running?
JM: This is the 9th year of the event.
RAL: How many annual attendees do you draw?
JM: We expect around 12,000 attendees.
RAL: What demographic does your event attract? Children? Families? Couples?
JM: The event mostly brings in couples of all backgrounds ranging in age from 25 – 65 years old.
RAL: What makes this event unique?
JM: This is a world-class culinary experience featuring Rose’ World, Champagne Lounge, VIP Pier, Wine Store, world-renowned Chefs and much more!
RAL: Will there be any guest appearances?
JM: Yes, There will be a variety of world-renowned chefs:
Scott Drewno, Fried Rice Collective & Chiko
Amy Brandewein, Chef/Owner, Centrolina
Victor Albisu, Chef/Owner Taco Bama & Poca Madre
Brent Kroll, Sommelier & Proprietor
Alex McCoy, Chef/Owner, Lucky Buns
Rock Harper, Owner, Rocksolid Creative Food Group
RAL: What dining options will attendees encounter?
JM: People can sample delicacies provided by the hottest food trucks and restaurants in the area.
RAL: Tell us about the overall atmosphere?
JM: It a fun and interactive environment on the beautiful National Harbor Waterfront.
RAL: Are there any lodging specials that are set up for the event?
JM: Guests can make a weekend out of it and purchase an overnight package with the Gaylord Resort and Hotel.
The package includes:
One night room accommodations
Two VIP admission tickets to the Food and Wine Festival
VIP Pier experience with wine tastings paired with food samples from local restaurants
Wine and spirit tastings from noon to 6:00 pm
Food tastings from noon to 3:00 pm
VIP-only glass and souvenir bag
Wine region tastings
Discount offers for purchases made at the festival
The package starts at $359.
RAL: What does this event mean to the community?
JM: It's the largest wine festival in the DC area. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet new people and learn from world-renowned chefs.
RAL: Does this drive business to your local economy?
JM: Yes! Participating local restaurants, food trucks, and beverage producers get additional exposure. Our attendees also spend money at a variety of local businesses.
RAL: Does the event support a particular cause in the community?
JM: Yes, a portion of the proceeds go to the Spirit of Hope Children's Foundation.
For more information about the National Wine and Food Festival at National Harbor, please visit the event website.