Coeur d'Alene Food and Wine Festival
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The Coeur d'Alene Resort Food and Wine Festival had its first annual event last year, and it won the Guild's award for Best Food Event in the Inland Northwest. The overall guest experience was unparalleled, from the opportunities to try a huge variety of gourmet foods to the absolutely stunning accommodations, no detail was overlooked. This year, it is going to be from April 12th to 14th, and is filled with so many amazing activities that it may be hard for you to pick which ones you want to attend!
Don't worry, though - we've got your back.
The list of dinners and activities this year has grown so much, and I'm here to help you navigate the list to find the best of the fest!
Here are my top picks:
Friday, April 12
Taste at Twilight Opening Reception 6:00 - 9:00 PM | Hors d'oeuvres and Wine Tasting Social 8:00 - 11:00 PM | Bayview Cocktail Lounge, featuring a cocktail competition from 8:00 - 9:30 PM Tickets: $59.00 Kick-off the Food & Wine Festival weekend with the elegant flavors of wine-pouring stations, high-end small plates & skewered delicacies, a live cocktail competition, live music and more. Featuring the wines of Long Shadows, Walla Walla Vintners, L'Ecole, Basel Cellars, Barrister, Maryhill, Thurston Wolfe, Seven Hills, and Watermill.
Saturday, April 13
Long Shadows Wine Tasting Class featuring Winemaker Gilles Nicault 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM | Tickets: $35.00 As resident winemaker overseeing daily operations at Long Shadows state-of-the-art winery in Walla Walla, Gilles works with a group of celebrated vintners from around the globe. Join Gilles as he tastes & explores the flavors of his very own award-winning wines.
You asked, we listened! The dynamic duo of Beverly's Executive Chef Jim Barrett & Barrister's Winemaker Greg Lipsker is back again for a second year of exquisite cuisine, authentic wines & unbeatable views of Lake Coeur d'Alene. This exclusive lunch, crafted uniquely by Chef Barrett, will be artfully paired with the award-winning wines of Barrister from Spokane, Washington.
Join us for an afternoon of exquisite wine & beautiful art! Featuring renowned artists' displays & Idaho Winery Pouring Stations presented by the Idaho Wine Commission! Featured Artists include Ben Joyce, Melissa Cole & Jesse Pierpoint.
Enjoy a winemakers kick-off social at 7:00 pm as four incredible Walla Walla Wineries join together to taste & discuss one another's wines! At 8:00 PM, the individual wine dinners will go their separate ways to enjoy a private wine-paired dinner with the Walla Walla winery of their choice.
Grand Wine Tasting featuring demonstrations from Bravo TV Top Chef Chad White 2:00 - 5:00 PM Tickets: $49.00 Experience an afternoon of distinctive wines & exquisite small bites! Explore the variety of flavors at 10+ Wine-Tasting Stations, including: Long Shadows, Walla Walla Vintners , Townshend, Treveri, Maryhill, Seven Hills, Castaway, Colter’s Creek, Pend Orielle, Reininger, Clearwater, Thurston Wolfe, and Watermill. Enjoy sips and samplers as you watch Chef Demonstrations live on the big screen. We are beyond excited to welcome Bravo TV's Top Chef Chad White back again for another year of unforgettable flavors & extensive culinary knowledge. Come hungry - and thirsty!
If you're coming to these events, don't forget to make your room reservations early! The weekend is almost sold out at the hotel, and you definitely don't want to miss out on this spectacular view. We spent the evening dining at Beverly's and then relaxing by the fire, and then the morning enjoying room service on our deck wrapped up in blankets, and the afternoon in the hotel's pool and spa! It was an indulgent way to relish in every single moment we had with the lake.
Are you going to be at the Food and Wine Festival in Coeur d'Alene? We want to hear from you! Don't forget to come and say hello. We love meeting new foodie friends!