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The Best in the World of Food and Drink this January

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The Dandelion Chandelier Luxury Food and Drink Calendar highlights the best events in the world of food and drink, including food and wine festivals, craft beer festivals, and wine auctions in January 2020. Here, you’ll find luxurious events in food, wine and spirits and craft beer all over the world. Plus new January 2020 cookbooks! For the full Luxury Calendar for January 2020, click here.

the best in the world of food and drink this january 2020

Dear reader, the holidays have come and gone. But that doesn’t mean the feast is over. This month offers plenty of events for foodies, oenophiles and craft beer connoisseurs to enjoy. Even better for Team Sand? For the most part, they’re happening in warmer climates. But don’t fret, Team Snow. Our list has some icy locales, too.

Jamie Oliver has a veggie friendly new cookbook, and Blackberry Farm is hosting their annual event A Taste of the South. In Breckenridge, Colorado there’s the Big Beers Belgians and Barleywines Festival.

In sunny Florida you’ll find both the Uncorked Food & Wine Festival and the Key West Food and Wine Festival. And there’s the annual celeb-chef packed Cayman Cookout. Feast on, friends.

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Taste of the South at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee is an annual celebration of Southern food traditions and advancements benefiting the Southern Foodways Alliance. The event includes a mix of demonstrations, tastings and talks with Chefs Sean Brock and Nina Compton, Scholar in Residence Dan Barber and Wine Personality Gregory Castell – Jan 9 – 12

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The best food and wine festival in January 2020: Taste of the South Blackberry Farm. Courtesy Photo.

Key Largo and Islamorada in the Florida Keys host the Uncorked Food & Wine Festival. The 11-day event features wine tasting events, cooking demonstrations, wine dinners, live music, food and wine pairing classes and progressive wine dinners. It also includes art and wine shows – with the additional option of viewing the spectacular sunsets, and going scuba diving and fishing – Jan 9 – 19

Wine & Spirits Magazine has invited the 100 wineries who’ve performed at the very top of their tastings for a night of food, wine and celebration at the first ever Wine & Spirits Magazine’s Top 100 Symposium. The evening offers a chance to taste a vast array of exceptional wines, as well as an opportunity to meet winemakers face-to-face – Jan 14

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The best food and wine events in January 2020: Cayman Cookout. Courtesy Photo

The 10th annual Napa Truffle Festival is an opportunity to experience offerings from chefs renowned for their truffle cuisine, and to hear from the best experts/scientists in the world about truffle cultivation – Jan 17 – 20

Celebrating 11 years of flip flops and feet in the sand is the annual Key West Food and Wine Festival which showcases a wide range of wines and inventive cuisine at iconic locations on the island – Jan 26 – Feb 2


The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman will once again become the culinary epicenter of the Caribbean when it hosts the 12th annual Cayman Cookout. Chef Eric Ripert will be joined by an impressive roster of culinary stars including our November 2019 Sparkler José Andrés and Emeril Lagasse – Jan 16 – 20


The Madrid Fusion Summit will turn Spain’s capital into the world’s gastronomy capital for three days. It will feature international speakers, along with celebrated chefs from Spain and abroad – Jan 13 – 15

During a period between January and February each year, Icelanders celebrate the mid-winter festival Thorrablot with dancing, singing and feasting on traditional Viking food. It includes smoked lamb, skyr, wind-dried fish, singed sheep heads, rotten shark, liver-and-blood sausage and more. It’s topped off with Brennivín, which is a Icelandic akvavit. For more on visiting Iceland, check out Julie’s recent adventures in Reykjavik – Jan 24 – Feb 24

2. new cookbooks in january 2020

Black Axe Mangal ($40) is the much anticipated first cookbook from one of London’s most loved cult restaurants – Jan 6

New year, new you? Whether it’s embracing a meat-free day or two each week, living a vegetarian lifestyle, or just wanting to try some brilliant new flavor combinations, Jamie Oliver’s Ultimate Veg ($25) ticks all the boxes – Jan 7

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The best new cookbooks in January 2020: Ultimate Veg Cookbook. Courtesy Photo

2020 is all about self care, right? So what could be better than a collection of more than 180 recipes that showcase chocolate? From delicious morning baked goods and pick-me-up treats to rich after-dinner delights for special occasions, the Everything Chocolate Cookbook ($35) is definitely one of the best new cookbooks of January – Jan 28

3. wine and spirits auctions in january 2020

Sotheby’s Hong Kong will host its Whisky + Moutai Online auction this month – Jan 7 – 16

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 under-served children in the region. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the event – Jan 24 – 26

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The best luxury wine auction in January 2020: Naples Winter Wine Festival. Courtesy Photo.

4. craft beer festivals in january 2020

Mark your calendars Team Snow. The Big Beers Belgians and Barleywines Festival in Breckenridge, Colorado is an annual world-class beer festival that features renowned brew masters and brewery owners. Communal meals include the Traditional Brewmasters’ Dinner; the Calibration Dinner; and the Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing. There will be more than 400 beers from over 150 different breweries available to sample – Jan 9 – 11

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The best craft beer festivals in January 2020: Big Beers Belgians and Barleywines Festival. Courtesy Photo.

For its 10th iteration, the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival in New York will move to the Brooklyn Expo – Jan 18

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 22 – 25

the best in the world of food and drink this january 2020

That’s it. Our picks for the top events in food and drink, wine and craft beer and wine auctions in January 2020. Plus the new cookbooks of January 2020 that we’re most excited about. Forks in the air!

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Jillian Tangen is the Head of Research at Dandelion Chandelier and a former Senior Research Analyst at McKinsey & Co and Analyst at Shearman & Sterling. She is an avid fan of Nordic design, having owned an independent lifestyle store and sales agency focused on emerging Scandinavian design. Jillian lives in New York and is married with three young children. She loves cross-country skiing, the New York Rangers, reading, travel and discovering new brands.

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