The National Harbor Wine & Food Festival returns this weekend

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The 11th Annual National Harbor Wine & Food Festival returns this weekend.

Located in a beautiful outdoor setting on the banks of the Potomac River and surrounded by the National Harbor hotels, restaurants and shops, the festival will be held from 12 noon to 6:00 pm each on Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30.


This year’s festival will include more than 150 wines, spirits and beers–ranging from local favorites to international recognized brands. Guests will be able to sample all of the varieties as well as purchase them by the glass and the bottle, on-site at special event only low prices.

For foodies, this year’s organizers have turned up the heat and partnering with many celebrated chefs. Saturday’s scheduled appearances include Chef Scott Drewno of The Source by Wolfgang Puck, Marjorie Meeks-Bradley of Smoke and Stacked, and Chef Seng Luangrath of Thip KhaoSunday will feature Chef Victor Albisu of Del Campo and Taco Bamba and Rock Harper of Rock Solid Creative Food Group. All of these local, regional and nationally recognized chefs will conduct a cooking demonstration and participate in meet and greets.

In addition to the drink tastings and cooking demonstrations, the event will include live music, additional food for purchase, and various vendors selling unique products.

Daily general admission to the festival starts at $39 for advance purchase tickets and $49 when purchased onsite. More information on tickets and special VIP passes is available by calling (800) 830-3976 or visiting

Bourbon Dinner

To kick-off this year’s National Harbor Wine & Food Festival, Old Hickory Steakhouse is holding a six-course bourbon dinner at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 28. The dinner will feature award-winning single and small batch bourbons from various distilleries including Buffalo Trace and Blanton’s, paired with both savory and sweet bourbon-infused dishes prepared by the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center’s executive chef. Cost is $130 per person and pre-purchase is required. To make a reservation for the bourbon dinner experience, call (301) 965-4000 or visit

Hotel Package

New this year, AC Hotel National Harbor is offering festival attendees an exclusive VIP package. Located in the heart of National Harbor, the European-inspired hotel’s package includes one night room accommodations for April 28 or 29 and two VIP one-day admission tickets to the National Harbor Wine and Food Festival on Saturday only. Package starts at $309. Reservations are available by calling (301) 749-2299 or visiting

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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