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The Best in the World of Food and Drink this March

The best food, wine and craft beer events and new cookbooks in March 2020.

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

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

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 A Blissful Feast, which aims to explore authentic Italian cuisine.

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Or you could head to the Taste Florence Food Festival. Be sure to wash it all down with a visit to the Philly Craft Beer Festival. Or take one last trip to any one of the top winter rooftop bars before they close for the season.

Finally, if you dare, place a bid on the highly sought after Karuizawa Single Cask #5627 Zodiac Rat 1960 at Sotheby’s Finest and Rarest Spirits sale this month.

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1. food and wine festivals in march 2020

Disney California Adventure hosts its annual Food & Wine Festival. More than just Mickey Mouse shaped waffles, the event features kiosks serving California-inspired food and drink. Visitors can see celebrity chef demonstrations, participate in wine, beer and spirits tastings. They can also enjoy a gourmet dinner and wine pairing – through Apr 21

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 4 – 7

With a vibrant culinary scene and Southern charm for days, the Holy City is an ideal place for a food-fueled getaway. This month the 15th installment of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival will champion the Lowcountry’s rich food culture through five days of exceptional experiences.

Expect a lineup featuring top chefs, winemakers, artisans and gourmands from around the globe; hands-on cooking classes and excursions; and exciting new additions like intimate dinners in local chefs’ kitchens – Mar 4 – 8

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One of best food and wine festivals in March: Charleston Wine and Food Festival . Courtesy Photo.

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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 5 – 7

Adventurous eaters should head to the quaint town of Hokitika on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island for the 31st annual Wildfoods Festival. At this notable gathering, participants feast on things they probably never thought could be cooked into a meal – Mar 7

The International Chef Congress, Identità Golose, heads to Milan for its 16th year – Mar 7 – 9

The 15th annual Taste Florence Food Festival promises the best of Italian food, lifestyle and design – Mar 7 – 9

The 35th annual Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival is a week-long annual event that showcases many of the world’s premier wines – Mar 9 – 15

The Big Easy is famous for its legendary food, drinks, music, and lively atmosphere. It is  no surprise at all that its annual festival attracts thousands of culinary enthusiasts to  Louisiana city each Spring. Now in its 28th year, the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience festivities include parade-filled food crawls down Royal Street, fine-dining experiences in the French Quarter, and expert-led seminars, along with boatloads of live music – Mar 18 – 22

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One of the best food and drinks to have at a food, craft beer, and wine festival in March: Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Courtesy Photo.

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 19 – 29

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2. new cookbooks and books about entertaining in march 2020

Bestselling cookbook author, memoirist, and popular blogger David Lebovitz delves into the drinking culture of France in Drinking French ($28). The collection features 160 recipes for everything from coffee, hot chocolate and tea to Kir. It also includes regional apéritifs, classic and modern cocktails from the hottest Paris bars and creative infusions using fresh fruit and French liqueurs – Mar 3

The perfect companion volume? In Dinner in French, New York Times food writer Melissa Clark breaks down the new French classics with 150 recipes that reflect a modern yet distinctly French sensibility.

In A Blissful Feast ($28), Teresa Lust takes readers from the Italian Piedmont to the Maremma and then to Le Marche, interweaving portraits of the people who served as her culinary guides with cultural and natural history in this charming exploration of authentic Italian cuisine – Mar 3

The best new cookbooks in March 2020

The best new cookbooks in March 2020. Courtesy Photos.

With her first U.S. cookbook, Rika’s Modern Japanese Home Cooking ($40), internationally celebrated chef and TV personality Rika Yukimasa offers simplified, often healthier versions of popular Japanese dishes and also introduces less-well-known ones – Mar 10

Gathering by Kristen Caissie showcases creative tabletop ideas and styles for all seasons. Featuring local, artisanal floral designs and handmade objects, and capturing the current trend of living and decorating more mindfully and with one-of-a-kind objects.

The new March 2020 cookbook that we’re most excited about, though, is Procrastibaking. Author Erin Gardner shows us how to master the art of “doing nothing” in the most delicious way possible with 100 recipes ideal for avoiding laundry, emails, cleaning the house, and well, everything else.

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3. wine and spirits auctions in march 2020

A complete set of 43 bottles from the legendary Glenfarclas Family Casks leads the Bonhams Fine Whisky auction in Edinburgh. It’s the first complete set ever offered at auction – Mar 4

One of the best wine auctions this March 2020: Finest and Rarest Spirits. Courtesy Photo.

Sotheby’s will host its Finest and Rarest Spirits sale featuring the highly sought after Karuizawa Single Cask #5627 Zodiac Rat 1960. Alongside this? Seven Macallan in Lalique decanters, including a complete collection of The Macallan Six Pillars (six crystal decanters ranging from 50 to 65 years old). Finally, the lots include the Macallan Genesis 72 Year Old, the oldest whisky ever to be released from the legendary distillery – Mar 18

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4. craft beer festivals in march 2020

Named one of the top beer festivals in the US, the 14th annual Philly Craft Beer Festival returns – Mar 7

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One of the best craft beer festivals to attend this March: Philly Craft Beer Festival. Courtesy Photo.

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 13 – Apr 5

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

That’s it. Our picks for the top events in food and drink, wine and craft beer festivals and wine auctions in March 2020. Plus the new cookbooks of March 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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