Galveston Island prepares for a four-day festival on April 14 - 17 of more than 100 wines, 22 vineyards, eleven restaurants, art and jewelry vendors and wine enthusiasts from across the state. This year’s theme, Wines from Around the World, is sure to make Galveston worth the trip for the Second Annual Galveston Island Food and Wine Festival.
 
Invitation-Only Event-April 14, 2011
The Galveston Island Food & Wine Festival, 2011: Wines From Around The World will officially commence with a Chaîne dinner at the famous Rudy & Paco’s. This is an event for La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs™ members who will be lending Galveston their palettes and picking the festival’s Grand Champion wines.
 
Premium Tasting- April 15, 2011, 6:00pm-8:00pm
The Premium Wine Tasting and Gulf Seafood Showcase will make its debut. Located inside the beautiful Old Galveston Square Gallery in the heart of the historic Strand District, this tasting will feature premium wines from more than 20 vineyards from around the world, with decadent gulf seafood hors d’oeuvres and exclusive art exhibits. Tickets to this event are $80 per person or purchase an All Tasting Ticket to both The Premium and The Grand Tasting for $110. Tickets are available on http://www.galveston.com/foodandwine
 
Vintner Dinners- April 15, 2011 Various Times
The successful restaurant and vineyard paired dinners from last year will return. Participating restaurants include Luigi’s, The M&M, Bernardo’s at Hotel Galvez, Olympia Grill at Pier 21, Shearn’s at Moody Gardens, and 901 Postoffice. One of the featured restaurants - Bernardo’s at Hotel Galvez will host guest Chef Pedro Garcia from El Meson Restaurant in Houston for its Spanish Wine Pairing Dinner. Menus, pricing and reservation information can be found at http://www.galveston.com/foodandwine
 
Grand Tasting in the Park- April 16, 2011 1:00pm-6:00pm
The Grand Tasting in Saengerfest Park is the highlight of the festival. Patrons will embark on a tasting trip through vineyards from all around the world. While getting their wine passports stamped revelers will be able to taste food from the finest restaurants on the island including Olympia Pier 21, Luigi’s, 901 Post Office, Bernardo’s, Shearn’s and M&M Restaurant among others. Live music and the barrage of artisan exhibits along the park will complete this afternoon of indulgences. Portion of the festival proceeds will benefit the Resource Crisis Center. Advance Tickets to this event are $45 available at www.galveston.com/foodandwine.
 
Champagne Brunches- April 17, 2011 Various Times
The final day of the festival invites visitors and locals alike to brunches around the island at famed hotels and restaurants. You can’t go wrong with choices such as the Hotel Galvez, Moody Gardens, or the M&M. The brunches will be paired with wines and champagnes from the festival and will be the perfect last call for the weekend. Reservation Information available at www.galveston.com/foodandwine
 
The Galveston Island Food And Wine Festival is coordinated by Yaga’s Entertainment Inc. and sponsored by Spec’s, The Tremont House, Glazers, Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, Galveston County Daily News, Yaga’s Café, The Islander, Mitchell Historic Properties, Tsunami and Galveston.com.
 
Media Contact: Erin Dhonau 409-770-0999 yagasentertainment@hotmail.com