The limited event schedule, beginning in August and running into October, will feature an array of new safety precautions in response to COVID-19. Such measures include capacity limits and expanded event layouts, drive-thru event check-in and staff screenings. A full list of event safety guidelines may be viewed here.
“We take safety very seriously as evidenced by our 20-page safety protocol manual implemented at all events. Like dining at a restaurant, we know that social distancing and socializing can safely occupy the same space and that attendees will continue to have new wine discoveries and experiences,” founder Constance McDerby said in a statement.
Wine & Food Week's 2020 schedule will kick off Aug. 21 with the Platinum Wine Vault Collectors Tasting at Bayway Cadillac of The Woodlands, featuring dozens global wines alongside food from local restaurants. That event will be followed one month later by the Ladies of the Vine wine tasting and panel discussion featuring women winemakers and experts. The luncheon will be held Sept. 25 at The Club at Carlton Woods' main clubhouse.
The 2020 event slate will conclude in the fall with Wine Walk on Oct. 1 at Market Street and Nach-Yo Ordinary Tequila Tasting on Oct. 29 at The Woodlands Country Club. The Wine Walk street party includes a lineup of tasting tents offering beer, wine and restaurant food samples spread around Market Street's main plaza, and the tequila tasting includes several sampling stations and a gourmet nacho box for guests.
One of Wine & Food Week's signature events, the Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase, is expected to return in 2021, McDerby said earlier this year.
More information on the 2020 events and ticket purchasing options can be found on Wine & Food Week's website at www.wineandfoodweek.com.