Hawaiian Food & Wine Paradise
There’s a lot more going on than luau’s and surfing in Hawaii, and Maui is gearing up to be a “food paradise” this summer. The 37th Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival takes place 7-10 June 2018 at the world-renowned Kapalua Resort in Maui and is an epicurean celebration of gourmet food and wine.
Taking place in one of the most enchanting and idyllic tropical islands in the world, this is a wine lover’s fantasy come true with a focus on regional Hawaiian cuisine that is sure to tantalize your taste buds. You can join wine seminars, take cooking classes, experience a plethora of vintages at the multiple wine tastings, and meet a host of celebrity chefs. The festival culminates with an exclusive “Grand Tasting White Party” that is sure to be one of the highlights of the event. Maui also plays host to the Taste of Summer, Taste of Chocolate and Taste of Wailea culinary events as a part of the Wailea Film Festival 13-17 June. It’s never too early to book one of the best hotels in Maui with HotelQuickly and enjoy these unique wine and food events this summer.
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Exotic Asian Wine Tours in Thailand
One of Thailand’s best-kept secrets is its burgeoning wine scene, and the cultivation of what is considered “New Latitude Wines.” Khao Yai, which is located about two hours north of Bangkok is the unofficial “wine region” of this exotic Southeast Asian country. Hua Hin Hills Vineyard is another “must-do” winery located in a seaside town two hours south of the capital city. They have some very drinkable varietals under the Monsoon Valley label and its one of the best spots to do a wine tasting and enjoy a sunset along with tapas on their elegant terrace overlooking the vineyards. Wine lovers will want to visit the limestone cliffs and valleys of Khao Yai where you can tour several wineries in one day. PB Valley, established in 1989, is the region’s oldest, largest and most established winery and they offer daily guided tours and wine tastings. Other wineries in Khao Yai that you should visit include Village Farm & Winery, along with Granmonte Vineyard & Winery which is famous for their award-winning Asoke Valley wines which have received international recognition for several of their signature varietals. All the wineries mentioned have wine tours in English, and you may also want to visit Issara Estates Winery where you can create your very own blend of wines and take home a personalized home-brewed bottle of wine with your name printed on the label. While Thai wines have yet to mature to a level where they are widely recognized on the world stage, they are an exhilarating experience for any wine aficionado or novice. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can alternatively immerse yourself in culturally rich two-day, one-night wine and bicycling tour for the ultimate vineyard tour with eOasia.
If you are someone who plans your holiday ’s around what you will eat and drink, then you will want to make your way to Colorado from June to the end of September 2018. There is a food or wine festival taking place almost every single weekend somewhere in Colorado and you can dive headfirst into some exciting libations and regional food finds. If you consider yourself more of a “gourmet foodie”, head to fashionable Aspen, where the Food & Wine Classic is held from 15-17 June. You can get up close and personal with world-renowned celebrity chefs as they give cooking presentations and enjoy the top-notch cuisine, wine, beer, and cocktails. If you prefer a more laid-back, family-friendly event, go to the Taste of Denver food festival. You can join the thousands of food lovers who descend on the city for this event and sample distinctive Colorado dishes from 50+ restaurants, along with locally produced beer and wine. Be sure to get the best hotels deals when planning your travels around one of these delicious events with HotelQuickly.
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European Wine Exploration in Bordeaux
World-renowned for its wine, Bordeaux is the epitome of an old world, European wine producing region. This part of France is recognized for its the fabled wine-producing regions of Bordeaux, Médoc, Graves et Sauternes, Entre-deux-Mères, Bourg et Blayze, and Saint-Emilion. You can book a guided tour when you get there or visit the wine cellars and warehouses for a series of impromptu wine tasting sessions on your own. The Bordeaux Wine Festival aka “Bordeaux Fête le Vin” takes place from 14-17 June 2018 and is the most significant wine tourism event in France. This historic and charming French city which boasts an impressive 18th-century architectural heritage is transformed for a few days, as Bordeaux becomes the world capital of wine, with an abundance of exclusive wine-centric activities on offer. Be sure to get the best hotel deals in Bordeaux with HotelQuickly as you enjoy the sunshine, good wine and soak up the atmosphere.
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Aussie Food & Wine Adventures
It might still be summer in most of the world, but autumn is in full swing in the “land down under.” Start your food and wine adventure at The Gold Coast Food and Wine Festival taking place from 31 May to 3 June. You can enjoy the cool weather while sipping the vintages from Victoria’s distinctive wine regions and get tips from superstar chefs at the Winter Wine Weekend 9 – 11 June. This exhibition and tasting traditionally marks the beginning of the extensive Winter Wine Weekend program and give you access to 200+ premium wines from 50 local wineries. The Good Food & Wine Show is another foodie event that will take place in both Sydney and Melbourne in the month of June. Perth will be hosting the cheeky- named “Pinot Palooza” on August 4th and this is one wine event that you want to be sure to attend. Hardcore gourmands should make plans to check out the Truffle Festival in Canberra where you can forage for this highly coveted black fungus. You can join an actual hunt, led by truffle dogs, and then take a cooking class where you learn how to prepare this highly coveted delicacy. Australia is jam-packed with amazing food adventures where you can “graze, gorge and guzzle” and food and wine festivals. Make sure you get the best hotel deals with HotelQuickly when planning your holiday down under.
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Melissa is a passionate foodie, travel writer, and editor working in media internationally and in the USA. She has lived in Bangkok since 2004 and has a background in the travel industry. Melissa’s writing has been published globally in many prestigious online and print magazines for over a decade. Her motto for life is “You cannot live or love well if you have not wined and dined well!”