Following a two-year post-pandemic hiatus, the popular Paradise Coast Wine & Food Experience returns to downtown Naples.
This year’s event is 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, in Cambier Park.
Presented by the Naples Daily News, The News-Press and the USA TODAY Network, the Wine & Food Experience offers 1,100 foodies a chance to nibble samples from Southwest Florida’s best restaurants, sip craft beers, premium wines and spirits while discovering tips and techniques during demonstrations from local and celebrity chefs.
“We’re excited to bring the Wine & Food Experience back to Naples this year,” said Jason Taylor, president of USA TODAY NETWORK Ventures.
“The festival celebrates the local culinary scene and highlights many great businesses, and we’re proud to be a part of this event. Now, more than ever, local restaurants need the support of the community, and this event gives people the opportunity to sample food and drink they might not have previously experienced.”
Media personalities and celebrity chefs from past Experiences have included Scott Conant, Graham Elliot plus Martha Stewart and her James Beard award-winning culinary director Thomas Joseph.
The growing list of local participants includes 21 Spices by Chef Asif, Chloe’s Cookies, Coast at The Edgewater Beach Hotel, The Claw Bar, Kareem’s Lebanese Kitchen and Juicelation.
The 2019 event:Paradise Coast Food & Wine Experience draws crowd to Cambier Park
AND:Meet Naples chefs at Paradise Coast Wine & Food Experience in Naples
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The 2022 celebrity talent roster will be announced at a later date.
Three previous Experiences sold out quickly. Tickets start at $65 and include unlimited samples and seating for celeb-led demos. Splurge-worthy V.I.P. tickets are $100 and offer a festival preview hour at noon plus exclusive private lounge access.
Visit wineandfood.usatoday.com/events/paradisecoast/ for details.
Why:2021 Paradise Coast Wine & Food Experience canceled
Other cities hosting the Experience this fall include Tampa; Asheville, North Carolina; Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis, Palm Springs, California; Phoenix; Ventura, California; and Louisville.
Diana Biederman is the food and restaurant reporter for Naples Daily News. Send your scoops to [email protected] for consideration.