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The 17th annual New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (NOWFE), May 20 – 24, is one of the most distinctive epicurean events of its kind and the quintessential experience for the serious wine connoisseur. This year’s festival will draw wine enthusiasts from around the world for its five-day extravaganza. Expanding on the widely popular, and exclusive, VINOLA event of 2007, NOWFE will add two upscale wine seminars, and an exciting live auction of one-of-a-kind luxury lots up for bid. 

“With the debut of our live auction, we are raising the concept of a wine and food event to new levels,” states Howard Brown, 2008 NOWFE President. “No other culinary event of this caliber can offer the uniqueness New Orleans’ event provides. Fabulous restaurants, extraordinary wine tasting opportunities, Southern hospitality, and now an exclusive event at which oenophiles can rub elbows with the world’s most elite wine experts and producers, all while bidding on once-in-a-lifetime-experiences.  

NOWFE is a non-profit organization. Proceeds from the 2007 event benefited the Louisiana Restaurant Association’s School-to-Career Program, The University of New Orleans School of Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism, The Chef John Folse Culinary Institute, Delgado Community College Culinary Arts Program, New Orleans Firefighter’s Fund, The Deuce McAllister’s Catch 22 Foundation, The Broadmoor Improvement Association, Inc, and the Emeril Lagasse Foundation.

The full program is listed on the NOWFE website along with a link to purchase tickets.

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