Global Wine & Food Event Returns to Wine Country

The Third Annual Healdsburg Wine & Food Experience, May 16-19, 2024

HEALDSBURG, Calif., March 11, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Located in the heart of California wine country, the Healdsburg Wine & Food Experience (HWFE) will be a weekend-long celebration featuring the best of Sonoma County and world-renowned food and wines.  The festival will showcase the region’s makers – farmers, growers, winemakers, and chefs – alongside globally recognized wines from other great wine regions of the world, as it seeks to highlight the vibrant culinary diversity, sustainable farming practices and deep connection to agriculture that Sonoma County offers.

The weekend-long event will include special wine tastings and seminar discussions, exceptional lunches, dinners, celebrity chef demonstrations, cocktail experiences, and an expansive Grand Tasting. There will also be a live outdoor concert featuring Christone “Kingfish” Ingram at Rodney Strong on Friday, May 17th.

New highlights this year include J Vineyards Shifting the Lens exclusive experience with Tu David Phu, James Beard Award nominee, Top Chef contestant and a San Francisco Chronicle “Rising Star Chef,” a Bollywood Culinary Dance Celebration at La Crema Winery, and a Wine-Down Pool Party at Francis Ford Coppola Winery. This year’s event will also feature a Culinary Demonstration at Little Saint Healdsburg with celebrity chef and cookbook author Amanda Freitag and a special Hawaiʻi themed dinner party at The Matheson with local star Dustin Valette and Hawaiʻi Chef Lee Anne Wong raising awareness that Maui is open for business and welcomes mindful travelers back to the island.

“We’re thrilled for our third annual event in May,” exclaimed Steve Dveris, founder and CEO of the festival. “In just a short time, we’ve made a national impact as the first international wine and food festival in Sonoma County and Napa Valley, showcasing wines from around the globe. Our event pillars remain celebrating the talented makers, honoring our agricultural roots, culinary diversity, and sustainability, while pairing local talent with top chefs nationwide. Get ready for an incredible weekend packed with fun, surprises, music, and, of course, the finest wine and food!”

Chefs who are participating in the event include some returning favorites and new faces. Joining us for the first time is Kelsey Barnard Clark, season 16 Bravo’s Top Chef Winner, Amanda Freitag author and Food Networks “Chopped,” and Iron Chef America regular, Jeffrey Lunak, Chef/Owner of Sumo Dog, Michael Reed James Beard Best Chef: California semi-finalist, and Lee Anne Wong author, Chef/owner Koko Head Cafe in Honolulu, Contestant and Supervising Culinary Producer on Bravo’s Top Chef.

We welcome back local chef Dustin Valette, chef/owner of The Matheson, 2021 Food & Wine’s Best New Chef Matt Horn; Food Network star Maneet Chauhan; “Top Chef” season four winner Stephanie Izard; Food Network’s “Chopped” star and 2011 Food & Wine’s Best New Chef and Iron Chef America winner Viet Pham, and Food & Wine’s Executive Wine Editor Ray Isle. The local participating beloved chefs include Domenica Catelli, Duskie Estes, Crista Leudtke, Tracey Shepos Cenami, Leah Scurto, and Ari Weiswasser.

Events will be held around Healdsburg, including at The Matheson, Sushi by Scratch: Healdsburg, Montage Healdsburg, Lo & Behold Bar + Kitchen and Little Saint, along with wineries including Bacchus Landing, Bricoleur Vineyards, Chalk Hill Estate, J Vineyards & Winery, Kendall-Jackson Estate and Gardens, Marine Layer and Rodney Strong Vineyards, Dutton Ranch and more.

The event also strives to give back to the local community. The outdoor concert at Rodney Strong Vineyards on Friday evening with Christone “Kingfish” Ingram benefits Farm to Pantry, whose goal is to bring together our communities to end food injustice and reverse global warming by rescuing and sharing locally grown food with those who have been marginalized. We will contribute to the Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation. The organization’s mission is to raise funds that support the Leadership Academy, workforce development and other resources that elevate local vineyard employees and their families. This year’s event will also support Healdsburg Future Farmers of America (FFA). Sponsored by Foley Family Foundation, a significant donation will go towards the HWFE Future Farmers Scholarship, created by HWFE for students from the local Healdsburg High School FFA chapter.

“As co-founders and partners in this remarkable endeavor, we are deeply committed to our dual mission: showcasing Sonoma County’s extraordinary wine, agriculture, and commitment to sustainability on a global platform, while simultaneously raising vital funds to uplift and honor our local vineyard workforce. This mission permeates every aspect of our events and messaging throughout the entire weekend. What could be more fulfilling than enjoying oneself while also making a positive impact?” remarked Karissa Kruse, CEO & President of Sonoma County Winegrowers and Executive Director of the Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation.

Partners of the Healdsburg Wine & Food Experience include Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens, Stonestreet Estate Vineyards, Foley Food & Wine Society, FOOD & WINE, The Hawaiian Islands, and with event co-founders the Sonoma County Winegrowers.

About Healdsburg Wine & Food Experience

Healdsburg Wine & Food Experience is a four-day celebration featuring the best of world-renowned food and wines and highlighting the “Makers Behind the Magic.” The festival showcases the region’s makers – farmers, growers, winemakers, and chefs – alongside globally recognized wines from other great wine regions of the world. HWFE highlights vibrant culinary diversity, sustainable farming practices and a deep connection to agriculture, through tastings, Culinary demonstrations, seminars, events, and more, in the beautiful setting of Healdsburg &

Wine Country.

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