An expanded National Wine & Food Festival returns this weekend

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A great spring tradition will return this weekend to the National Harbor Waterfront on the Potomac with the much anticipated 11th annual National Wine & Food Festival from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 5.

More than just a simple tasting event, the festival brings together award winning celebrity chefs and culinary pioneers, artisanal craftsmen, and live music as well as wine and spirits from around the world.

The festival will include more than 150 domestic and international wines, spirits and beers including many local and regional favorites for an all-you-care-to-taste affair. Guests will be able to sample all of the varieties as well as purchase them by the glass and the bottle (at on-site at special event only low prices).  Specialty tasting areas include The Champagne Lounge, The Rose’ Garden, The Stella Artois Craft Beer Experience, The Smooth Ambler Whiskey Wagon, and Fiesta Grande! with the Cinco De Mayo Margarita Bar a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Bar.

New features at the festival this year include an expanded VIP section and the addition of  WPGC Sunday Gospel Brunch. The brunch includes a buffet as well as bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s and performance by Mutual Agreement.  Tickets to the brunch are $130 and include VIP admission to the entire festival on Sunday.

This year’s organizers have turned up the heat on cooking demos by offering the Whole Foods Market Flavor Station. Special appearances include, Saturday: Chef Scott Drewno of Chiko, Johanna Hellrigl of Doi Moi and Chef Victor Albisu of Taco Bamba. Sunday will feature Chef Alex McCoy of Dukes Grocery and Lucky Buns DC and Rock Harper of Rock Solid Creative Food Group. Wine expert Brent Knoll of Maxwell will pair wines with each of the chef’s dishes throughout the demonstrations. All of these local, regional and nationally recognized chefs will offer meet and greets and sample tastes after their cooking demonstrations.

Tickets to the National Wine & Food Festival are on sale now and range from a general admission one day pass for $40 to a VIP tickets for $90 (Saturday) or $70 (Sunday). The tickets may be purchased online by visiting or via phone by calling (800) 830-3976.

For those wishing to extend the weekend with an overnight package, The Gaylord National Resort is offering a special National Wine & Food Festival package, ranging from $289 to $449.

The Gaylord National Resort NVIP Package includes:

  • One night room accommodations for the night of May 3th or 4th
  • Two Adult VIP admission tickets to Wine & Food festival for
    either Saturday, May 4 or Sunday, May 5
  • Special VIP glasses, souvenir bag and more.

When making reservations with the Gaylord National Resort, be sure that promotional code ZJ9 appears in the Corporate/Promotional code box when making your online reservation, or call 1-800-228-9290.

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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