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What are the Best Luxury Food and Drink Events in March?

The Dandelion Chandelier Luxury Food and Drink Calendar highlights March 2019 food and wine festivals, craft beer festivals, new cookbooks, and wine auctions. For the rest of the Luxury Calendar, click here

What are the top events in food, wine and craft beer in March?

The world of food and drink springs into action this month with plenty to taste and see around the globe.  You will find food and wine festivals in nearly every region, including the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival which features the world’s longest lunch. 

If you are looking for a taste of Italy try the new cookbook The Italian Table: Creating festive meals for family and friends or hop on a plane and head to the Taste Florence Food Festival

Be sure to also check out one of the top craft beer festivals in the US, the Philly Craft Beer Festival to wash it all down. And if you dare, try a bid at this month’s Bonhams Whisky sale, featuring a 60 year old Macallan from 1926. 

1. food and wine festivals

At the Ritz Carlton Bacara in Santa Barbara, California, the annual World of Pinot Noir event gathers the foremost Pinot Noir wineries and winemakers. There will also be renowned chefs, sommeliers and leading wine scholars participating in this seaside celebration – Mar 1 – 2

Disney California Adventure hosts its annual Food & Wine Festival. The event will feature kiosks serving California-inspired food and drink. Visitors can see celebrity chef demonstrations, participate in wine, beer and spirits tastings or enjoy a gourmet dinner and wine pairing – Mar 1 – Apr 23

At the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, visitors will be treated to over 200 events, including food and wine tastings and culinary demonstrations. One of the highlights is the world’s longest lunch. 1,700 diners will gather for three decadent courses – Mar 8 – 24

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Adventurous eaters should head to the quaint town of Hokitika on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island for the 30th annual Wildfoods Festival. At this notable gathering, participants feast on things they probably never thought could be cooked into a meal – Mar 9

The Taste Florence Food Festival promises the best of Italian food, lifestyle and design – Mar 9 – 11

The 34th annual Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival is a week-long annual event that showcases many of the world’s premier wines. It’s also a chance to experience the Lowcountry’s thriving food scene – Mar 11 – 17

Gourmet Fest is a four-day foodie extravaganza in Carmel, California. The event features parties, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings and dinners. Top Relais & Châteaux chefs from around the world do the honors – Mar 14 – 17

The International Chef Congress, Identità Golose, heads to Milan for its 15th year – Mar 23 – 25

Identita Golose

2. new cookbooks

The Italian Table: Creating Festive Meals for Family and Friends ($40) provides step by step guidance on how to recreate authentic Italian home-cooked meals at your own home – Mar 12

Ever wanted to learn how to make the perfect French pastry?  Bake: Breads, Cakes, Croissants, Kouign Amanns, Macarons, Scones, Tarts ($40) from one of America’s rising star chefs covers all the you need to know to master classic French baking  – Mar 19

3. wine and spirits auctions

The Bonhams Whisky sale will include a 60-year old Macallan from 1926 – Mar 6

Sotheby’s will kick off its 2019 wine auctions in New York with a two part auction series. Featuring sales both live and online, the auctions are dedicated to exceptional wines and spirits from the magnificent cellar of Marcus D. Hiles. The Texas-based property developer and philanthropist collected over 85,000 bottles – Mar 9

Macallan 1926

4. craft beer festivals

Named one of the top beer festivals in the US, the Philly Craft Beer Festival returns – Mar 2

If Oktoberfest is a little too crowded for you, try the slightly more mellow Strong Beer Festival. You can celebrate Bavarian culture and enjoy local beer with much smaller crowds – Mar 15 – Apr 6

Philly Craft Beer Fest

That’s it. Our picks for the top events in food, wine and craft beer in March 2019. Have a brilliant month.

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