National Harbor Food and Wine Festival 2018

Wine, Beer, Whiskey, Gourmet Food on the Menu

National Harbor Food and Wine Festival
© National Harbor Food and Wine Festival

National Harbor celebrates the spring season with a waterfront festival emphasizing food and wine pairings, artisanal and organic products, and boutique wines. The event includes tastings, cooking demonstrations, and educational seminars on culinary and wine trends, sustainability issues, and supporting local farmers and resources. The National Harbor Food & Wine Festival is not a kid-friendly event. So grab your honey or your best friends and get ready for some adult-beverage exploration.

Wine and More

And if wine isn't your beverage of choice, they have you covered. The Food & Wine Festival at National Harbor will offer for tasting and pairing more than 150 international wines, spirits, and beers, along with local and regional favorites. Guests will be able to sample all of the varieties as well as buy them by the glass and the bottle. Other highlights include a craft beer tasting Bier Garten experience and a whiskey- and bourbon-tasting experience in a relaxed setting, paired with hand-rolled cigars.

Live music and smooth jazz on three stages will mimic a club atmosphere as a backdrop for all this imbibing. The Cooking Kitchen will offer hands-on cooking experiences and wine pairings,  and Washington-area restaurants and food trucks will also offer tastings. And if that's not enough, you'll get a chance to mingle with noted local, regional, and national chefs, who will be milling around the festival.

Where and When

The Food & Wine Festival at National Harbor takes place on April 28 and 29 in 2018. If you buy a general admission ticket, you can be there anytime between 1 and 6 p.m. If you spring for a VIP admission ticket, you get an extra hour to make the tasting rounds; those hours are from noon to 6 p.m. 

National Harbor is in Prince George's County, Maryland, on the Potomac River, just minutes from Washington. The site is accessible from Interstate 95, I-495, I-295, the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, and by water taxi from Washington, Old Town Alexandria, Mount Vernon, and Georgetown.

About National Harbor

National Harbor is a 300-acre waterfront destination in the Washington area that opened in the spring of 2008. National Harbor is situated on a prime spot along the Potomac River and is a $2.1 billion mixed-use community. It includes hotels, restaurants, shops, condominiums, a full-service marina, the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, and commercial office space.