National Harbor Wine & Food Festival is back with new Champagne Lounge

Photo courtesy of the Trigger Agency.

The National Harbor Wine & Food Festival, presented by the Trigger Agency, will return to the National Harbor Waterfront on the Potomac the Saturday, April 28,  and Sunday, April 29, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the festival brings together area chefs, artisanal craftsmen, culinary pioneers, live entertainment, family fun as well as wines, beers, and spirits from around the world.

All guests will have the opportunity to enjoy samples of over 150 local and international wines, beers, and spirits with their souvenir glass during the event. They also have the option to purchase their favorite wine selections by the bottle to take home or by the glass to enjoy on-site.

Many celebrated local chefs will be conducting demonstrations and hosting meet and greets during the event:

Saturday, April 28

  • 2 p.m. – Scott Drewno, Chiko
  • 3 p.m. – Amy Brandwein, Centrolina
  • 4 p.m. – Victor Albisu, Del Campo and Taco Bamba

Sunday, April 29

  • 2 p.m. – Alex McCoy, Duke’s Grocery and Alfie’s
  • 3 p.m. – Rock Harper, RockSolid Creative Food Group, LLC.,

Local sommelier and proprietor of Kroll, Brent Kroll will also be giving presentations each day.

New features at the festival this year include the Champagne Lounge with in-house D.J. sponsored by Ferrari Champagne and a special Rose Tasting Pavilion.

General admission tickets are $39 and include a souvenir glass for wine, beer, and spirit samplings, live entertainment, and cooking demos. Children under age 12 may attend for free; however, the event will have very minimal entertainment children. 

For the grand experience, VIP ticket ($69 each) purchasers will receive all the benefits of general admission as well as their own designated area to move freely and a one-hour early admission at an added hour beginning at 12 noon. VIP guests will also have access to their own washrooms and specialty tastings.

Guests looking to experience the festival with an overnight stay can enjoy Gaylord National Resort and Convention Centers exclusive VIP Food and Wine Festival package. The package includes one-night room accommodations on April 27 or April 28 and two VIP one-day pass tickets to the Food and Wine Festival at National Harbor. The package starts at $359 and reservations are available at or by calling 301-965-4000.

More information about the festive and online ticket sales are available at

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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