The Calendar

what are the best food and drink events this January?

The Dandelion Chandelier Luxury Food and Drink Calendar highlights the food festivals, wine festivals, craft beer celebrations and restaurant-related events around the world that we’re looking forward to in January 2018. For the rest of the Luxury Calendar, click here. For other Food and Drink events, click here.

Culinary explorers of the world, what are you hungry for this month? Sure, the holiday feasting is over. But that doesn’t mean that there are no events for foodies, oenophiles and craft beer connoisseurs in the month of January. Au contraire, the party just moves to warmer climes. The New Year brings new restaurants and bars to explore. And for those who embrace the cold, there’s something magical for you, too. Oh, and there’s an orange-throwing carnival in Italy that you might want to check out.

New and recent openings:

Indian Accent has opened its third branch in Mayfair in London, joining its sister restaurants in New Delhi and New York; with chef Manish Mehrotra at the helm, Indian Accent has been named a World Top 50 Best Restaurant in India, and a Zagat runner up for Best Restaurant in New York.

Chiltern Firehouse alum Niall Davidson has opened his first restaurant, Nuala, a casual bistro in Old Street in London.

The fantastically popular NoMad expands from New York to Los Angeles with a swanky new hotel downtown at South Olive & 7th Street. For their first establishments outside New York, Chef Daniel Humm and Restaurateur Will Guidara will open The Lobby, a sunlit, casually-elegant restaurant and bar; The Mezzanine, the most formal dining option; and The Rooftop, with sweeping views of Downtown Los Angeles’s skyline, an outdoor café and a handsome cocktail bar. The property’s Giannini Bar will feature a wide selection of classic and proprietary cocktails crafted by award-winning Bar Director Leo Robitschek.

Freehand New York is opening in Gramercy Park in mid-January; Chef Matt Griffin will head up Simon & The Whale, the new property’s standalone restaurant.

Austin’s first downtown food hall, Fareground, will officially open on January 18; the space will feature the best of Austin’s chefs and restaurants, curated by ELM Restaurant Group: Easy Tiger, Emmer & Rye, Dai Due, Contigo, Kome/Daruma Ramen, and Antonelli’s Cheese Shop are among them.

Food, Wine and Beer Festivals:

The Big Beers Belgians and Barleywines Festival in Breckenridge, Colorado is an annual world-class beer festival that features renowned brewmasters and brewery owners; tastings of hundreds of big, Belgian style, and experimental beers; and inventive beer and food pairings. Communal meals include the Traditional Brewmasters’ Dinner; the Calibration Dinner; and the Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing, and there will be more than 400 beers from over 150 different breweries available to sample – Jan 4-6

Taste of the South at Blackberry Farm in xx, Tennessee is an annual celebration of Southern food traditions and advancements; the three-day event, benefiting the Southern Foodways Alliance, includes a mix of demonstrations, tastings and talks with Chefs Charles Phan, Alon Shaya, and Cheetie Kumar, plus Wine Importer Eric Solomon and Scholar in Residence Naben Ruthnum – Jan 4-7

The Uncorked Food & Wine Festival in Key Largo and Islamorada in the Florida Keys lasts for 11 days, and includes wine tasting events, cooking demonstrations, wine dinners, live music, food and wine pairing classes, progressive wine dinners, art and wine shows – with the additional option of viewing the spectacular sunsets, and going scuba diving and fishing. This year’s featured Chefs are Phil Bryant, Veronica Valdivia and Michael Bertran – Jan 4-14

Every year on the three days preceding Ash Wednesday, the tiny northern city of Ivrea, Italy  stockpiles 500,000 kilograms of fresh oranges for the Battaglia delle Arance (Battle of the Oranges), a re-creation of a historic fight between the local residents and a ruling tyrant. Teams wage a full-on fruit war in protective gear – Jan 6

Speaking of oranges, Seville oranges are used to make traditional orange marmalade, and they’re only in season from late December to mid-February; those who love it can learn how to make their own at Demuths cooking school, headed by plant-based Chef Rachel Demuth in Bath, England – Jan 28

The Taste of Yosemite series takes place at the scenic 4-star Majestic Yosemite Hotel on the grounds of Yosemite National Park. Some of the best chefs in the country gather to create signature dishes at chef’s demonstrations and tastings. Other events include the Meet the Chefs reception and the Taste of Yosemite Gala Dinner – Jan 7- February 1

The 10th annual Cayman Cookout in the Cayman Islands will feature cooking demonstrations, tastings, tours, dinners, pairings and unique epicurean experiences, all on Seven Mile Beach; the event is hosted by Chef Eric Ripert and his friends, including Anthony Bourdain and José Andrés – Jan 10-14

Apple-growing regions in England will be holding wassailing festivals this month to help ensure a good harvest; foodies rave about the annual Wassail Suppers at The Ethicurean outside Bristol, where for two nights there will be an elegant 4-course meal with mulled cider and storytelling in the garden – Jan 12 and 13

The 8th annual Napa Truffle Festival is an opportunity to experience offerings from chefs who are renowned for their truffle cuisine, and to hear from the best truffle experts/scientists in the world about truffle cultivation; this year Michelin-starred chef Ken Frank of La Toque will lead a team presenting culinary demonstrations and hosting the Truffles & Wine Dinner on Saturday evening – Jan 12-15

At the 19th annual Mendocino Crab, Wine & Beer Festival, you can taste the ocean’s bounty along with a glass (or two) of wonderful California wines: there will be cioppino feasts, crab boils, winemaker dinners, wine and crab pairings, beer tastings, and the popular Crab Cake Cook-Off & Wine Competition—Jan 19-28

Traditional Icelandic dishes such as pickled ram’s testicles, whale blubber, sheeps’ head and rotten shark are all celebrated as part of the Thorrablot Festival. Known as Þorrablót in Icelandic, it honors the Norse god Thor with a huge feast that also includes less adventurous Icelandic staples such as rye bread and smoked salmon – Jan 23 – Feb 23

The 9th annual Key West Food and Wine Festival showcases a wide range of wines and inventive cuisine at iconic locations on the island. After a tough go with the hurricane season, the festival goes on. There will be waterfront tastings, winemaker and chef collaborations, and local events meant to provide an authentic taste of Key West; the festival’s motto is “flip-flops required” – sounds perfect to us! – Jan 24 – 28

The Manchester Beer and Cider Festival is the biggest beer festival in Northern England; more than 750 assorted beers and ciders will be available – Jan 25-27

Among the most successful charity wine auctions, the Naples Winter Wine Festival in Florida raises millions of dollars annually for the Naples Children & Education Foundation, whose grants have impacted more than 200,000 underserved children in the region. Standout events include a ten-vintage tasting of Harlan Estate wines, including two 100-point vintages; and the annual auction, with lots ranging from a round-the-world wine tour by private jet to a hundred-plus bottle collection drawn from the cellars of private collectors – Jan 26-28

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