Be Merry! The 2015 Regional, National & International Beverage Event Calendar

Any given week or weekend, there are what seem like countless wine, beer and spirits festivals taking place across the country. The following is just a smattering (by no means complete) of some of the best local, regional and national beverage festivals, conferences and trade shows in the U.S., including a few notable international events. Whether you’re interested in attending seminars, tasting, networking, expanding your skill set, making business connections or simply having a great time, there’s something for absolutely everyone in 2015.

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January

9 – Mar 27: The Boston Wine Festival – “The nation’s longest running wine and food festival.” – Boston, MA

23 – 24: Winter Brew Fest 2015 – The Brew Fest series also includes the San Diego Winter Brew Fest (San Diego, CA), as well as Summer (Denver, CO) and Fall (Raleigh, NC) Brew Fests. – Denver, CO

23 – 25: The 13th Annual St. Louis Food & Wine ExperienceSt. Louis, MO

24: Beer Dabbler Winter CarnivalSt. Paul, MN

27 – 29: Unified Wine & Grape Symposium – “The largest wine and grape industry trade show in North America.” – Sacramento, CA

29 – 31: Zinfandel Experience – “Zinfandel is a rising star. Reach out and grab it.” – San Francisco, CA

31: International Great Beer Expo – “The biggest names in international brewing will unite in cities throughout the Northeast” including Philadelphia, PA on May 30 and Long Island, NY on November 7. – Secaucus, NJ

 

February

6 – 8: Coffee Fest Atlanta 2015 – The first Coffee Fest in an annual series that continues June 5-7 in Chicago, IL and Oct 23-25 in Portland, OR. – Atlanta, GA

7: Cider Summit Chicago – The Cider Summit series also includes events in San Francisco (Apr 25), Portland and Seattle. – Chicago, IL

19 – 22: United States Coffee Championships – Including the U.S. Brewer’s Cup, U.S. Barista Championship, and U.S. Latte Art Championship. – Long Beach, CA

20 – Mar 1: Vancouver International Wine Festival – Canada’s premier wine show “will showcase 170 wineries from 14 countries…pouring 1750+ wines at 53 events to a projected 25,000 admissions.” – Vancouver, Canada

22: The Seattle Wine & Food ExperienceSeattle, WA

24 – 25: Oregon Wine Symposium – “The premier educational event and trade show for the Northwest wine community.” – Portland, OR

25: Whisky Live USA – The world’s premier whisky tasting show, with New York being one of nineteen Whisky Live events around the world. – New York, NY

 

March

1 – 2: Berlin International Spirits Competition – “The Berlin International Spirits Competition is the first major international spirits competition with trade only judges.” – Berlin, Germany

4 – 8: Charleston Wine + FoodCharleston, SC

10 – 12: Midwest Grape & Wine + Craft Brew Conference & Trade ShowSt. Charles, MO

13 – 15: Women of the Vine Global Symposium – True Fabrications’ Kyla Welsh will participate in this inaugural symposium as a featured panelist. – Napa, CA

15 – 17: ProWein International Trade Fair Wines & Spirits –Moving to new halls in 2015 to provide exhibitors with more space for innovation. – Dusseldorf, Germany

17 – 19: Eastern Winery Exposition – The True team will be in attendance along with Eastern U.S. and Canadian wine industry professionals. – Syracuse, NY

20 – 21: Extreme Beer Fest – “The ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity.” – Boston, MA

21: Pinot Days – The largest gathering of Pinot Noir producers in the world (continued in San Francisco on June 20 and Los Angeles on November 14). – Chicago, IL

21 – 22: 10th Annual Coffee & Tea FestivalNew York, NY

22 – 25: Vinitaly InternationalVerona, Italy

26 – 29: Taste Washington – “The nation’s largest single-region wine and food event.” – Seattle, WA

28: Northern Lights Rare Beer FestivalSt. Paul, MN

28: Whiskies of the World ExpoSan Francisco, CA

30 – April 2: American Distilling Institute Annual Spirits Conference & Vendor ExpoLouisville, KY

31 – Apr 1: Nightclub & Bar Convention & Trade ShowLas Vegas, NV

 

April

9 – 12: The Specialty Coffee Association of America Event – In its twenty-seventh year, the SCAA’s annual conference is so ubiquitous that it is known only as “The Event.” – Seattle, WA

10: WhiskeyFest Chicago – “The longest-running and best-attended whisky festival in the U.S. [with] a selection of more than 300 whiskies from around the world.” Continued in New York, NY (Sept 24) and San Francisco, CA (Oct 30). – Chicago, IL

12 – 15: Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America 72nd Annual Convention & ExpositionOrlando, FL

14 – 17: Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America – The True team will be in attendance along with over 10,000 brewing industry professionals. – Portland, OR

17 – 18: California Wine Festival – Orange County – The 2015 California Wine Festival is also continued in Santa Barbara, CA on July 16-18. – Dana Point, CA

17 – 19: Miami Rum Renaissance Festival – “The world’s largest gathering of rum producers, experts and enthusiasts.” – Miami, FL

 

May

6 – 8: Craft Beverage ExpoSanta Clara, CA

8: Harrisburg Wine Festival – One of the keystone events of Pennsylvania Wine Week, celebrated statewide. – Harrisburg, PA

8 – 9: WhiskeyTown USA – In its third year of exploding popularity, what was originally Whiskey Fest Northwest has been rebranded as WhiskeyTown USA and will continue opening its doors to an ever further-reaching audience. – Portland, OR

15 – 19: The Manhattan Cocktail ClassicNew York, NY

17 – 18: BAR 15 – Formerly The International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event. – Chicago, IL

20 – 23: New Orleans Wine & Food Experience – The twenty-second iteration of one of the culinary city’s best events. – New Orleans, LA

 

June

6: 21st Annual Mountain Brewers Beer FestIdaho Falls, ID

14: Savor Idaho 2015Boise, ID

14 – 18: Vinexpo 2015 – For the first time ever, the massive international conference and exhibition will highlight a “special guest” country – this year, the U.S., “because it is the number one consumer market for wines in the world.” – Bordeaux, France

15 – 19: American Society for Enology & Viticulture National Conference – The 66th annual ASEV National Conference. – Portland, OR

18 – 20: Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine – Incorporating Walla Walla and international winemakers alike, each year focuses on a different varietal, 2015’s being merlot. – Walla Walla, WA

19 – 20: International Beer Fest – Brings 350 beers from over 100 breweries including hard ciders, firkin samples and “Bonus Brews.” The city also hosts International Wine Fest (Nov 14 – 15). – Fairfield, OH

 

July

15 – 19: Tales of the Cocktail – “Five days of seminars, tastings, product launches, competitions, networking events and so much more at the world’s premier professional cocktail event.” – New Orleans, LA

25: Milwaukee BrewfestMilwaukee, WI

29 – 31: INDY International Wine Competition – “The largest scientifically organized and independent wine competition in the United States.” – West Lafayette, IN

 

August

16: Tap + Cork Beer & Wine Festival – Hosted by creative beverage hotbed Brooklyn, the fest features food trucks, DJs, and “seasonal breweries and wineries.” – Brooklyn, NY

22 – 23: San Diego Spirits Festival – “It’s all about cocktails, culinary and culture.” – San Diego, CA

29 – 31: Los Angeles Times’ The Taste 2015Los Angeles, CA

 

September

8 – 10: The Moscow Bar ShowMoscow, Russia

9 – 12: St. Augustine Spanish Wine FestivalSt. Augustine, FL

18 – 20: Oktoberfest Zinzinnati – The United States’ largest Oktoberfest reels in a half-million people and commences annually with the “Running of the Wieners” Dachshund race. – Cincinnati, OH

18 – 21: Frankenmuth Oktoberfest – The only Oktoberfest outside of Munich officially sanctioned by the German parliament. – Frankenmuth, MI

19: Autumn Brew Review – The Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild hosts one of the state’s largest beer fests, which brings over 100 breweries and over 3,000 attendees from across the U.S. – Minneapolis, MN

19 – Oct 4: Oktoberfest – The 182-year-old event is the world’s largest festival of any kind. – Munich, Germany

20-21 – Tokyo International Bar Show – In only its third year, the international event brings together many of the world’s best bartenders and bar owners for a variety of programming including the Nadeshiko Lady Bartending Championship. – Tokyo, Japan

24 – 26: Great American Beer Festival – Founded in 1982, this annual event “represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served.” – Denver, CO

 

October

7 – 10: Master Brewers Association of the Americas Annual ConferenceJacksonville, FL

13 – 16: VITeff – The Sparkling Wine ExhibitionEpernay, France

16 – 18: TASTE Festival of Food, Wine & SpiritsValley Forge, PA

 

November

3 – 6: SIMEI International Enological & Bottling Equipment ExhibitionMilan, Italy

12 – ROOTSTOCK – “A revolutionary conference designed for top quality grapegrowers, vineyard and winery owners, and winemakers worldwide.” – Napa, CA

 

December

3 – North Coast Wine Industry Expo – In its fourth year this expo is already one of the largest wine industry shows in North America. – Santa Rosa, CA

4 – 6: WinExpo 2015: 15th Shanghai International Wine & Spirits Exhibition – One of two annual Winexpo iterations in Shanghai (the other running from May 8-10). – Shanghai, China

 


Which of these fests are you looking forward to? Which have you attended? Let us know in the comments!