Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appétit: World's Most Decadent and Delicious Food Festival
Do you need another reason for a Las Vegas getaway? And can you wait till May? That's the timing for Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appétit, a wildly popular and indulgent Vegas food festival, held in hotels and restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip every May. Inaugurated in 2007 by Bon Appétit magazine and Visit Las Vegas, Uncork'd has become Sin City's most widely attended and hotly anticipated annual Vegas festival.
Stay Tuned for 2019 Uncork'd Dates
Start planning now! Sign up for email alerts on the Vegas Uncork'd website, and/or keep checking the site for 2019's event dates, chefs, events, and tickets. Then, act fast. Every year, meals with the festival's most famous chefs (named below) sell out within days of the schedule's release.
Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appétit's Celebrity Chefs
Virtually every famous chef you can think of has a great restaurant in Vegas. Vegas Uncork'd events revolve around these celebrity chefs and their Vegas restaurants. Uncork'd events spotlight these restaurants, with special lunches, "Master Series" restaurant dinners, tastings, and more.
The lineup of celebrity chefs at Vegas Uncork'd 2018 was a Who's Who of TV stars and Vegas kitchen gods. Some names and faces you would've encountered: Giada de Laurentiis, Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay, Steve Martorano, Nobu Matsuhisa, Michael Mina, Masaharu Morimoto, Gordon Ramsay, Guy Savoy, Julian Serrano, "Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
(Love your chefs madly? See last year's complete lineup of Uncork'd 2018 chefs.)
What Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appétit Is Like
This festival is many things. It's a way to experience Las Vegas's very best restaurants in gala meals, with the restaurant's jet-setting celebrity chef actually in town, for once.
It's a chance to meet these chefs one-on-one. It's an opportunity to taste fabulous food and drinks and to see what's new in Vegas. And last but not least, Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit throws great parties -- and isn't that what you wanted from Vegas?
The Kind of Events to Expect at Uncork's by Bon Appétit
The festival's three and a half days are stuffed with of sociable, delicious goings-on. Around two dozen impressive events compose Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appétit. Festivities kick off daily with a themed lunch at one of Vegas's great restaurants. Drinking events spotlight wine, liquor, or beer begin after lunch, with boozy tastings and classes. Every night brings a bacchanal: a gala tasting event. Some are dress-up; others are more casual clambakes and barbecues
The Grand Tasting: Delicious Dazzle in the Garden of the Gods
The Grand Tasting is the signature event of Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appétit, held on the festival's Saturday night. This glamorous dining and drinking gala showcases the most exciting chefs from Vegas restaurants and the most innovative bartenders from Sin City's bars. They are all here, making and serving their own dishes and drinks in person. In 2018, over 2,500 revelers enjoyed dishes from over 50 award-winning chefs, sipped over 100 wines, and sampled new food and drink products.
The Grand Tasting is held outdoors in the glittering Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace. This is not only the festival's signature event, it's a highlight of Vegas's social calendar. In three words: do not miss the Grand Tasting. (Nightowls: be aware that ironman guests go on to the after-party in a hot Vegas hotel.)
How Much Do Tickets Cost?
Tickets to Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appétit are in keeping with other festival tabs. They're sold in various ways: to individual events, for series of events; and as a VIP package, with numerous events. You can buy tickets by phone at 877.884.8993, or you can order tickets online.