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20 Reasons to attend 20th Anniversary Wine & Food Week

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The 20th Anniversary of Wine & Food Week, presented by H-E-B, promises an unforgettable experience for gastronomy enthusiasts and wine aficionados alike. Here are 20 delicious reasons not to miss this Gem of a Celebration:

1.) Sip, sip hooray. Discover an extensive selection of fine wines from renowned vineyards and new world wineries.

2.) Indulge in gourmet delicacies crafted by top chefs from around the world and see who will be crowned Chef of Chefs.

3.) It’s experiential. Enjoy live entertainment like PaintJam, Chloe Dao fashion show, the whimsical art of Shelbi Nicole and more, plus vibrant atmospheres at various venues.

4.) Meet and mingle with fellow foodies and industry professionals.

5.) It’s smokin’ hot. Take home a Smokin’ Hot exclusive Chef Tasting Experience from Chef Austin Simmons of TRIS, Chef Ara Malekian of Harlem Road Texas BBQ and more to share with friends all benefiting Southern Smoke Foundation.


6.) Support favorite local restaurants, and artisans showcasing their products.

7.) Experience the cultural richness of diverse food and wine throughout the week.

8.) It gives back. Support charities like the Southern Smoke Foundation, The Woodlands Arts Council, New Danville, and the Montgomery County Food Bank and contribute to meaningful causes.

9.) It’s Zen. Say namaste to a new event sponsored by Aruba Tourism featuring yoga, bubbles, and a tropical power bowl to kick-off the weekend.

10.) Sample gourmet cheeses, chocolates, and other delectable bites.

11.) Capture memorable moments at photo booths and interactive installations.

12.) Relax in luxurious settings throughout the beautiful Woodlands and unwind with a glass of your favorite vintage.

13.) Get BayWay Cadillac VIP treatment with enhanced wine tasting and upgraded experiences at various events.

14.) Discover new culinary trends, fresh faces, and innovative flavors.

15.)  It’s a milestone. Wine & Food Week was the first multi-day event in the region of its kind. 


16.) It enjoys the support of longtime partners like H-E-B, which has been with the event the entire 20 years. 

17.) It’s awash with tastemakers. Meet 2024 Hall of Fame Inductees Chris Shepherd and Lindsey Brown.

18.) Take home the official Women in Wine poster by renowned creative artist Kathy Womack to commemorate the event.

19.) Hear what a superstar panel of ladies in wine have to say about the future of the wine industry.

20) It’s memorable. Create lasting memories with friends and loved ones in a celebration of food, wine, and camaraderie.

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Fan favorites include Wine Around the World Wednesday; Get Frosted at Rose’ Way at The Peach Orchard Venue; Ladies of the Vine Tasting, Luncheon, & Panel Discussion, at The Club at Carlton Woods, and Sips, Suds & Savor.  The week culminates with the grand dame—the elaborate Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Ballroom where acclaimed chefs compete for the coveted Chef of Chefs Award and a $5,000 cash prize presented by Goya Foods.  Looking for that extra touch of VIP, be sure to get tickets early to the Bayway Cadillac VIP Luxury Lounge with ultra-premium wines but limited space.  Wine & Food Week is truly foodie heaven.

“We were the first multi-day event in this region,” explained Wine & Food Week founder Constance McDerby. “Looking back on these 20 years we are so proud how this event has evolved, raising more than $2 million dollars for various non-profits, all the while supporting local chefs with programs like a cash prize of $5,000.00 for our Chef of Chefs competition sponsored by GOYA Foods.  With the help of longtime partner H-E-B, we have helped elevate wine and food while launching many restaurants, wines, and craft beverages.  It is extremely gratifying to look back and know that we have made a positive impact on a community we love, but we could not do it without a village of volunteers, sponsors and the support of chefs and wineries throughout the globe,” added McDerby.

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Wine & Food Week guests will rub elbows and mingle with tastemakers who have made their mark on the culinary and wine industry in remarkable ways. Meet special guests throughout the week including Master Sommelier Guy Stout, Chris Sheperd and Lindsey Brown, Chef Carlos Ramos, Chef Michael Cordua, Patrica Sharpe, Katie Stone, Chef Masaru Fukuda, Chef Austin Simmons, Chef Fernando Desa, Fashion Icon Chloe Dao, artists Kathy Womack and Shelbi Nicole and many, many more.  Don’t delay.  Get tickets today for this culinary extravaganza—the 20th Anniversary celebration of Wine & Food Week. Event information and tickets at

Wine & Food Week is presented by H-E-B.  Sponsored by: Bayway Cadillac of The Woodlands, Aruba Tourism, Goya Foods, Visit The Woodlands, Palm Bay International, Trinchero Family Estates, Winebow Fine Wine + Spirits, Volante Integrated Planning Northwestern Mutual, Alexander Valley Vineyards, Michael David Winery, Hess Persson Estates, Origami Sake, Seychelles Med and Laser Spa, SpeedPro Imagining of The Woodlands, The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel, Market Street, The Peach Orchard Venue, Steelman Medical Group, The Woodlands Country Club, Women Driving Business, Renewal by Andersen, Texas Renaissance Festival, The Woodlands City Lifestyle Magazine, PaperCity, Houston Magazine, Community Impact News, Hello Woodlands, Woodlands Online, PetTalk, Infiniti Graphics, Genesis Photography, Kelley Sweet Photography, and SRG Photography with more announcements to follow.

Source: Wine and Food Week