The 7th Annual Key West Food & Wine Festival January 26-31, 2016
Flips flops are required for this series of wine and food-themed events showcasing a diverse range of wines from around the world, paired with inventive cuisine, hosted by their passionate creators at iconic island locations.
The very walkable island paradise packs in over 40 unique events including waterfront tastings, winemaker/chef collaborations, and local funky events that present an authentic taste of Key West, Florida.
With an average temperature of 78 degrees, the festival attracts thousands of culinary explorers from around the country who descend on the tropical island to escape the winter and delight their senses. Foodies and wine aficionados return year after year, proclaiming Key West the best place to be in January.
Don‘t Miss These Events
On Thursday afternoon, join several wine makers and film maker Wil Fernandez at the historic Tropic Cinema for VINTAGE 2014: a wine & film pairing. Winner of multiple film festival awards and recently featured in Wine Enthusiast Magazine, this unique project follows the 2014 wine grape growing season through a series of short films with wine tasting intermissions.
Taking place Friday at the Hyatt Resort & Spa, the Grand Tasting features over 50 different wines from producers around the world. The private dock location provides an awe-inspiring, unobstructed view of the sunset over the water.
On Saturday afternoon, Key West’s famous Duval Street fills with festival goers for Duval Uncorked, a strolling wine tasting and shopping extravaganza. Dozens of chic boutiques, funky shops, and art galleries open their doors, each hosting a different wine to try while you take in the island vibe.
New Events Premiering This Year
Bacon & Bubbly: a brunch series starting off each day of the festival at Shor Restaurant. Sleep in and enjoy this collaboration between award winning Chef Daniel Higgins and the winemaking team at Riverbench Vineyard and Winery. Each day brings a different three course menu paired with a flight of still and sparkling wines from Santa Barbara County, California.
The Great Grape Stomp on Saturday afternoon will let wine lovers cross this one off their bucket list. Festival goers can take off their shoes and foot stomp barrels of fresh grapes on the beach at the Casa Marina, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. M&M Wine Grape Company, a producer of grapes for home winemakers, will be awarding prizes for the most juice stomped.
Tempted to come along? Why not treat yourself to a fishing trip to extend your visit? Key West is home to a fantastic selection of fish, making it the prime location for fishing enthusiasts from all over the world. If you would like to take a trip offshore with FKF Charters, head to the Key West Fishing Link website.
The Best of the Festival
With over 40 events to choose from, there is something for everyone. But if choosing which events to experience seems overwhelming, you can’t go wrong with the Key West Food & Wine Festival VIP Pass, offering attendees the best of the festival, along with early access and private lounges at select events.
To purchase tickets and plan your trip, visit KeyWestFoodandWine.com