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Venice Food & Wine Festival offers a collection of tastings, demonstrations and dining experiences that will be hosted by our culinary and beverage experts.

Thursday, May 3 2018

Opening Reception - Benvenuti A Venezia

Welcome to Venice. Begin your culinary adventure with a warm welcome from our food, wine and cocktail experts. Share and savour Venetian cicchetti, good stories and spectacular views of the setting sun across the legendary lagoon.

Location: San Marco Terrace
Time: 6.30 pm - 8.00 pm
Ticket Price: Included in Festival Accommodation Ticket

Dinner at the Hotel - Daily at Sagra Rooftop Restaurant

Location: Sagra Rooftop Restaurant
Time: 6.30 pm - 10.00 pm
Ticket Price: All costs will be charged on a consumption basis and charged back to your room or settled at time of dining.

Dinner Series - Grown In The Veneto: Exploring Farm-To-Fork Specialties Of Italy
Hosted by Melissa Kelly

Melissa Kelly shares her passion for nose-to-tail cooking with natural and regionally authentic ingredients. Join Chef Kelly for a memorable dinner party with wine pairings that revels in the abundance of farm-to-table produce sourced across the Venetian islands, well-known for a long tradition of market and garden agriculture.

Location: The Church
Time: 8.30 pm – 11.00 pm
Ticket Price: US$185.00 (per person)

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Dinner Series - Michelin-Starred Masters
Hosted by Giancarlo Perbellini and Friends

Join Chef Giancarlo Perbellini at his Michelin-starred restaurant, along with Chef Federico Belluco and their friends for an artisan dining and wine experience like no other as they innovatively blend tradition, culinary exploration and elevated presentation for an unforgettable dinner party in the resort’s elegant Michelin-starred restaurant.

Location: Dopolavoro
Time: 8.30 pm – 11.30 pm
Ticket Price: US$200.00 (per person)

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Dinner Series - Alfresco Pizza Festa
Hosted by Jonathan Waxman

Chef Jonathan Waxman reveals his casual approach to fine dining on the grounds of the resort’s Villa Rose, a beautiful structure built in the Romanesque Revival style. Mix and mingle enjoying grilled artisan pizzas, wine and cocktails poolside under the stars that cling to the moonlit Venetian sky.

Location: The Villa Rose
Time: 8.30 pm - 11.00 pm
Ticket Price: US$175.00 (per person)

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After Hours Bar - Saluti After Dark
Hosted by Amirah Kassem

Gather in the Rose Bar to wind down the evening with music and cocktails.
On Thursday, New York City’s Flour Shop’s Amirah Kassem adds a dash of whimsy to the evening with her wildly colorful and delectable cakes providing a sweet end to day one.  

Location: Rose Bar
Time: 9.00 pm - Late
Ticket Price: Included in Festival Accommodation Ticket

Friday, May 4 2018

Breakfast - Served daily at Cucina

Location: Cucina
Time: 7.00 am - 11.00 am
Ticket Price: Included in Festival Accommodation Ticket

Chef Demonstration - Summertime Risotto & Spritz
Hosted by Scott Conant

The iconic northern-Italian rice dish gets a light, seasonal treatment from Chef Scott Conant, who opens the weekend's demonstration kitchen with a simple and elegant risotto embellished with truffle and egg, served with iconic Italian aperitifs.

Location: Barilla Pavilion
Time: 11.00 am - 12.00 pm
Ticket Price: US$65.00 (per person)

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The Feed: Instagram Worthy Food Styling & Lunch
Hosted by Camille Becerra

Do you ever wonder why that grain bowl in your Instagram feed looks so good? Join Chef Becerra for an intimate peek into the making of a perfect post, followed by a lunch of her vibrant, seasonal, and healthful dishes that taste as good as they look.

Location: Sagra Rooftop Restaurant
Time: 11.00 am - 1:00 pm
Ticket Price: US$85.00 (per person)

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Lunch at the Hotel - Daily at Sagra Rooftop Restaurant

Location: Sagra Rooftop Restaurant
Time: 12.00 pm - 3.00 pm
Ticket Price: All costs will be charged on a consumption basis and charged back to your room or settled at time of dining.

Sapori Cooking Academy - Caviar Paradiso: Cooking with Italian Caviar
Hosted by Fabio Trabocchi

Caviar has long been a coveted delicacy — and not just a Russian one. Chef Fabio Trabocchi leads an interactive workshop on modern preparation techniques and plating, evoking the memorable Michelin-starred dining experience of his Washington, D.C. restaurant, Fiola. Work and dine alongside Chef Trabocchi in this exclusive session that includes an intimate lunch with wine pairings.

Location: Sapori Cooking Academy
Time: 12.00 pm - 2.00 pm
Ticket Price: US$150.00 (per person)

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Al Fresco Lunch - Bocce & Bubbles: Festa Al Fresco
Hosted by Caterina Ceraudo

Raise a glass to the competitive spirit as you join new friends who share your passion for two Italian classics: prosecco and bocce. The villa lawn lends itself beautifully to the ancient Roman game as well as an outdoor feast prepared by Caterina Ceraudo on the edge of the Venetian lagoon.

Location: Family Poolside
Time: 12.00 pm - 3.00 pm
Ticket Price: US$100.00 (per person)

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Chef Demonstration - Curds & Whey: How To Make Ricotta
Hosted by Melissa Kelly

The nursery rhyme notwithstanding, curds and whey are the building blocks of Chef Melissa Kelly’s delicious, creamy ricotta. Join one of two weekend demonstrations where Chef Kelly showcases simple techniques to make this Italian culinary staple at home.

Location: Barilla Pavilion
Time: 1.30 pm - 2.30 pm
Ticket Price: US$65.00 (per person)

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Wine Tasting - Sparkling Showdown: Prosecco Vs. Franciacorta
Hosted by Anthony Giglio

Italy’s two powerhouse sparkling-wine regions produce delicious but distinctly different styles of the effervescent wine. Vote with your palate in a battle of the bubbles as Food & Wine magazine wine expert and contributor Anthony Giglio explains the differences between prosecco and the lesser-known franciacorta.

Location: Lido Terrace
Time: 2.30 pm - 3.30 pm
Ticket Price: US$65.00 (per person)

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Sapori Cooking Academy – Aperitivo: Evening's First Act
Hosted by Missy Robbins

Chef and cookbook author Missy Robbins explains the leisurely pace of Italian dining, which generally starts with aperitivo, a tradition much like a happy hour meant to open the palate. Enjoy cocktails while perfecting the art of cicchetti bar culture for this time-honored pre-dinner ritual. 

Location: Sapori Cooking Academy
Time: 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm
Ticket Price: US$150.00 (per person)

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Chef Demonstration - Egg to Pasta
Hosted by Giancarlo Perbellini

Giancarlo Perbellini’s cooking style is anchored in the Italian rural tradition of focusing on the land and its produce as a fundamental resource.  Together eggs and flour are the foundation of Italy’s most prized possession. Join chef Perbellini on the well-traveled path to homemade pasta.

Location: Barilla Pavilion
Time: 4.00 pm - 5.00 pm
Ticket Price: US$65.00 (per person)

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Wine Tasting - Amarone: The Veneto's Greatest Red Wine
Hosted by Ray Isle

Join Food & Wine Magazine’s executive wine editor, Ray Isle, on a memorable journey through the Veneto wine region, where notable varietals, including Amarone della Valpolicella, have been produced since ancient times. Train your palate to appreciate this rich and typically dry red wine as Ray describes its defining features.

Location: Lido Terrace
Time: 5.00 pm - 6.00 pm
Ticket Price: US$65.00 (per person)

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Cocktail Workshop - The Invention Of Italian Cocktails
Hosted by JP Fetherston

There is an art to making the perfect cocktail, and JP Fetherston is known to master his creations with bold and captivating strokes. Join the top mixologist of Washington D.C.’s The Columbia Room, named "Best American Cocktail Bar 2017" as he reveals the secrets to concocting the perfect Italian elixir.

Location: Dopolavoro Terrace
Time: 5.00 pm - 6.30 pm
Ticket Price: US$55.00 (per person)

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Sunset Aperitivo

Location: Sagra Poolside
Time: 5.00 pm - 6.30 pm
Ticket Price: Included in Festival Accommodation Ticket.

Dinner at the Hotel - Daily at Sagra Rooftop Restaurant

Location: Sagra Rooftop Restaurant
Time: 6.30 pm - 10.30 pm
Ticket Price: All costs will be charged on a consumption basis and charged back to your room or settled at time of dining.

Dinner Series - In Famiglia
Hosted by Scott Conant

Food and family are inseparable in Italian culture, where the conversation flows as freely as the wine. Experience Scott Conant's enduring philosophy of savoring the pure pleasure of a family-style dinner with cocktails and wine among the intimate homelike surroundings of The Villa Rose.

Location: The Villa Rose
Time: 8.30 pm - 10.30 pm
Ticket Price: US$175.00 (per person)

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Dinner Series - Stella Del Mare: Stars Of The Sea
Hosted by Fabio Trabbochi

Venice and its surrounding lagoon are renowned for an abundant and diverse mix of fresh seafood. Michelin-starred chef Fabio Trabbochi celebrates the region’s rich bounty in a live kitchen dinner event featuring a range of traditional Venetian dishes, cocktails and wine.

Location: Cucina Restaurant
Time: 8.30 pm - 11.00 pm
Ticket Price: Sold Out

Saturday, May 5 2018

Breakfast - Served daily at Cucina

Location: Cucina
Time: 7.00 am - 11.00 am
Ticket Price: Included in Festival Accommodation Ticket

Chef Demonstration - Mastering Gnocchi
Hosted by Fabio Trabocchi

Potato, not pasta, is the star ingredient of Fabio Trabocchi’s gnocchi-cooking demonstration, where the master chef shares his skill, technique and passion for preparing this classic Italian dish of pillowy perfection.

Location: Barilla Pavilion
Time: 11.00 am - 12.00 pm
Ticket Price: US$65.00 (per person)

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Lunch at the Hotel - Daily at Sagra Rooftop Restaurant

Location: Sagra Rooftop Restaurant
Time: 12.00 pm - 3.00 pm
Ticket Price: All costs will be charged on a consumption basis and charged back to your room or settled at time of dining.

Sapori Cooking Academy - Mastering The Art Of Linguine Vongole
Hosted by Scott Conant

An Italian classic, linguine vongole is a light-yet-flavorful pasta infused with garlic, briny clams and white wine. Master the art of preparing one of this seafood-rich region’s most famous dishes followed by lunch with Chef Conant including wine pairings in this exclusive and interactive workshop.

Location: Sapori Cooking Academy
Time: 12.00 pm - 2.00 pm
Ticket Price: US$150.00 (per person)

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Mercato Di Rialto
Hosted by Missy Robbins

Sample and savor seasonal antipasti and wines from the Veneto region with a special lunch menu by Chef Robbins. Enjoy music and lawn games under the Venetian sun for a celebration of the city’s most famous farmer’s market.

Location: The Olive Grove
Time: 12.30 pm - 3.00 pm
Ticket Price: US$50.00 (per person)

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Chef Demonstration - Luscious Langoustine
Hosted by Jonathan Waxman

Join California-born and French-trained Chef Jonathan Waxman as he demystifies the preparation of lobster, using innovative cooking techniques to create a stellar langoustine dish that might just be the centerpiece of your next dinner party.

Location: Barilla Pavilion
Time: 1.30 pm - 2.30 pm
Ticket Price: US$65.00 (per person)

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Wine Tasting - Soave Is Back!
Hosted by Ray Isle

Robust reds tend to be the favored accompaniment to a fine Italian meal, but Italy produces some of the best white wines, too — most notably the crisp and dry Soave. Join Food & Wine Magazine’s executive wine editor, Ray Isle, as he shares some of his favorites, grown from grapes in the volcanic hills near Verona since Roman times.

Location: Lido Terrace
Time: 2.30 pm - 3.30 pm
Ticket Price: US$65.00 (per person)

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Sapori Cooking Academy – Lobster & Prosecco
Hosted by Melissa Kelly

Join Chef Melissa Kelly at the Sapori Cooking Academy for an interactive workshop focused on this celebrity crustacean. Work alongside Chef Kelly as she demystifies the process of preparing lobster followed by an intimate lunch paired with prosecco cocktails.

Location: Sapori Cooking Academy
Time: 3.00 pm - 5.00 pm
Ticket Price: US$150.00 (per person)

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Wine Tasting - Pinot Nero: Burgundy With An Italian Accent
Hosted by Anthony Giglio

Journey with Food & Wine Magazine wine expert and contributing editor Anthony Giglio in search of Pinot Nero – the Italian name for Pinot Noir – throughout the Italian peninsula. While this grape is not usually associated with Italian wine, it has been grown in Italy since it was first imported in the 1830s. Think Burgundy with an Italian accent as you enjoy an enlightened wine-tasting experience.

Location: Lido Terrace
Time: 4.30 pm - 5.30 pm
Ticket Price: US$65.00 (per person)

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Cocktail Workshop - 'Til The Bitter End : Amari In Modern Cocktails
Hosted by JP Fetherston

Amari, or bitters, are a complex and diverse family of herbal liqueurs flavored with a blend of herbs and roots. Top mixologist of Washington D.C.’s The Columbia Room, JP Fetherston, hosts an intimate workshop where he shares his own recipes for modern takes on the classic after-dinner digestif.

Location: Dopolavoro Terrace
Time: 5.00 pm - 6.30 pm
Ticket Price: US$55.00 (per person)

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Sunset Aperitivo

Location: Sagra Poolside
Time: 5.00 pm - 6.30 pm
Ticket Price: Included in Festival Accommodation Ticket.

Dinner at the Hotel - Daily at Sagra Rooftop Restaurant

Location: Sagra Rooftop Restaurant
Time: 6.30 pm - 10.30 pm
Ticket Price: All costs will be charged on a consumption basis and charged back to your room or settled at time of dining.

Finale Festival Dinner - La Primavera: All-Star Spring Feast

Join Venice Food & Wine’s all-star chef roster for an exclusive dinner party in the resort’s stunning church. Sip sparkling aperitifs from JP Fetherston and wine pairings hand-selected by Food & Wine’s own Ray Isle and Anthony Giglio as chefs Giancarlo Perbellini, Federico Belluco, Missy Robbins, Scott Conant, Jonathan Waxman, Caterina Ceraudo, Fabio Trabocchi and Amirah Kassem each prepare a course celebrating the bright and bold flavors of Venetian spring.

Location: The Church
Time: 7.00 pm - 10.00 pm
Ticket Price: US$280.00 (per person)

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Venice Food & Wine Festival - Festival Concert

Location: Venice Garden
Time: 10.00 pm - Late
Ticket Price: Included in Festival Accommodation Ticket

Sunday, May 6 2018

Breakfast - Served daily at Cucina

Location: Cucina
Time: 7.00 am - 11.00 am
Ticket Price: Included in Festival Accommodation Ticket

Lunch at the Hotel - Daily at Sagra Rooftop Restaurant

Location: Sagra Rooftop Restaurant
Time: 12.00 pm - 3.00 pm
Ticket Price: All costs will be charged on a consumption basis and charged back to your room or settled at time of dining.

Join us for the inaugural Venice Food & Wine Festival at the award-winning JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa, Italy
May 3 - 6 • 2018

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