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Food and Drink

Food agenda: En Primeur and Vinitaly

Wine dominates this week's food agenda with major industry festivals set to take place, beginning with En Primeur, also known as wine futures, at the Union des Grands Crus in Bordeaux. The annual event allows buyers to invest in wines early while a vintage is still in its barrel, offering customers the opportunity to invest in a wine before it's bottled. Vinitaly also celebrates 45 years of hosting the largest five-day event dedicated to all things wine and spirits-related. This year organizers expect 153,000 participants.

4th Annual Philippine International Food and Beverage Expo
March 31 - April 2
Manila, Philippines

Though a relatively young expo, PIFBEX 2011 says they expect 20,000 trade visitors to walk through their doors this year and 300 local and international exhibitors. The Philippines is emerging as a rapidly growing food and drinks industry in Asia. Food processing alone accounts for more than 40 percent of all manufacturing enterprises in the country.

Nominations for 2nd Annual Best Food Blog Awards, Saveur Magazine
April 5

Saveur, an international gourmet food, wine and travel magazine, hosts their second annual Best Food Blogs awards. Nominations open April 5 in nine "Best" categories, including baking and desserts, wine, food photography, regional cuisine, special interest, culinary travel, individual post, innovative video content, and kitchen tools and hardware coverage. Last year's winner for Best Baking and Dessert blog was David Lebovitz, an American blogger in Paris. Cast your vote at www.saveur.com/2011-best-food-blog-awards.jsp

Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux-Grand Primeurs
April 4-8
Various châteaux, Bordeaux, France

En Primeur, also known as wine futures, is an annual event where the trade (wine investors and the press) comes together to taste the previous year's vintage while still in barrels to determine the wine rating, investment potential and price. Wines are tasted up to 18 months before bottled and the press generated from this highly anticipated event can set the tone for the wine market. April 4-8 is a seated tasting for specialized wine journalists and April 5-7 is a standing-room tasting for the general press and distributors.

3nd Annual Wine & Gourmet JAPAN - CANCELLED
April 6-8
Tokyo, Japan

Due to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, what would have been the event's third annual wine event has been cancelled. Organizers say they are currently looking for another venue and date and a decision will be posted within the next six to eight weeks. Though last year only marked the event's second year, the Wine & Gourmet expo hosted almost 63,500 participants last year, with representatives in the wine, spirits, fine food, confectionary, catering and equipment industries.

45th Annual Vinitaly
April 7-11
Veronafiere Fairground
Verona, Italy

Vinitaly is the largest five-day event devoted to international wines and spirits, winemaking and wine business. Each day offers a series of technical tastings, food & wine pairings, haute cuisine and much more with 4200 exhibitors ranging from Champagne to Grappa. Over 153,000 participants including producers, importers, distributors, caterers, technicians, journalists and opinion leaders come together to celebrate wine and food with Taste of Italy, an opportunity to experience Italian products from cereals to truffles and the world of olive oil; the annual International Wine Competition and various business workshops. Daily tickets are 45 euros.

The 25th Salon de Gourmets International Fair
April 11-14
Feria de Madrid
Madrid, Spain

The world's largest trade event for gourmet food and beverage products highlights this year's program with over 36,000 gourmet products from over 16 nations from Argentina to Malaysia and hosts over 76,000 professional visitors. Last year's invited guest of honor was Ireland. This year, the country being featured is Poland. Gourmet cuisine from Russia will also be featured.


First World's Best Chef Award announced
April 11
This year marks the first time that the S. Pellegrino's World's Best Restaurant Awards honors the best female chefs in the world. Finalists in the new category include Anne-Sophie Pic, a three Michelin-starred chef who helms Maison Pic in France; Elena Arzak of Arzak restaurant in Spain; and Nadia Santini of Dal Pescatore in Italy. The winner will be announced Monday, April 11 and recognized at the S. Pellgrino awards gala April 18.

World Whiskies Conference
April 12-13
Glasgow, Scotland

A trade event that brings together whisky producers of the world, the conference is billed as a networking event among industry leaders. This year's event will forecast the next five years in the whisky business, effective marketing techniques, and the role of social media in scotch branding.

Slow Food Market or Markt Des Guten Geschmacks
April 14-17
Stuttgart, Germany

Slow Food Germany's exhibition of good, clean and fair food is held in Stuttgart for four days each April, bringing together artisan producers and traders from across Germany as well as from Austria and Italy. The marketplace is the central attraction of the event, which also presents a series of workshops, discussions, excursions and dinners.

Wine China Exhibition
April 17-19
National Agriculture Exhibition Center, Beijing, China

Wine China Exhibition is the 2011 China International Wine & Spirits event that will focus this year on channel developing, brand building and sharing cultures. Beijing will host importers, wholesalers, dealers, agents and consumers from all over the world to expand brand promotion and education within China's rapid growing wine market. Exhibitors from wine producing countries range from Algeria to Paraguay.