By Zeke Quezada
If your love of food and wine encapsulates your existence and the idea of rubbing elbows with celebrity chefs while sampling exquisite food takes you to your happy place, your foodie festival is coming soon. Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit returns to Las Vegas for the 12th year from May 10-12. This year the resorts that are participating include, Caesars Palace, The Cosmpolitan, The Cromwell of Las Vegas, Venetian & Palazzo and MGM Resorts International(Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay) Tickets are on sale now at Vegasuncorked.com/ and it would be wise to find your tickets quickly as these special event tend to sell out.
If you talk to Uncork’d regulars they will be quick to point out the highlight of their experience and that usually is the Grand Tasting. This event, held in the Garden of the Gods pool complex at Caesars Palace is a lavish affair where food lovers get the opportunity to meet their favorite chefs while sampling food from the best restaurants in Las Vegas. The drinks flow freely, the food is plentiful and the socializing is as Vegas as Vegas can get. The Grand Tasting is a great even and should probably not be missed, but there is a better way to taste Las Vegas.
Picnic at the Park is the day time version of a food feast at a food festival and this event drops the formality and enhances the social aspect of eating and drinking. Set in The Park Las Vegas alongside New York/New York Hotel and Casino and within the shadow of T-Mobile arena the setting is ripe for sprawling out and cozying up to new friends with excellent food from chefs such as Masaharu Morimoto, the Voltaggio Brothers, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Michael Mina, Julian Serrano, Shawn McClain and Roy Ellamar. The food is accompanied by great drinks from wine curated by Master Sommelier Jason Smith to cocktails by Mixologist Craig Schoettler and a variety of beer. Check for tickets
Other Notable Events at Vegas Uncork’d 2018
Sunset Clambake at The Cosmopolitan
This is a giant Las Vegas pool party under the stars. Your clambake happens at the Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan Resort and features cocktails from Mixologist Extraordinaire Mariena Mercer, live music from the house band at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. and a seafood boil that is very Vegas. Lobster, shrimp crab and clams round out your evening that will most likely include you taking a great shot of the Las Vegas strip just to make your friends jealous on social media.
Tacos, Tequila & Salsa with Susan Feniger
Chef Susan Feniger is as s social as they come so when you attend event with her in charge you can bet you will not only get face time with her you most likely will startfollowing each other on twitter and instagram. This evening is all about tacos and tequila so get ready for a smooth Anejo and a margarita that soothes your soul as well as tacos that will have you planning your next Mexican fiesta.
Master Series: Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill Craft Beer Tasting
Join Gordon Ramsay as he takes you on craft beer adventure and gives you a quick education on pairing beers with your favorite foods.