Martha Stewart highlights Wine and Food Festival coming to Naples in November
Scenes from the 2017 Paradise Coast Wine & Food Experience in Naples, Florida. Naples Daily News
The USA TODAY Network is kicking off its third annual Wine & Food Experience Tour in September and it wraps up in Naples this fall when Martha Stewart visits.
The food tour — which will span 10 cities across the country and features celebrity chefs — offers a culinary exploration of different regional and national cuisines and wines in each city. It will feature samples from local restaurants, wine seminars, and meet and greets.
Tickets are on sale now for the Naples event, the Paradise Coast Wine & Food Experience, which is 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23. Tickets allow festival-goers to meet Stewart, and those meet-and-greet tickets are expected to sell fast.
Last year's Naples event at Cambier Park sold out and was among the most successful on the tour.
Other celebrities expected to attend include Master Sommelier Ian Cauble and World Wrestling Entertainment's (WWE) The Bella Twins (Brie and Nikki Bella) will also make an appearance in Naples alongside Stewart. The sisters are known for their Belle Radici wine line.
Naples chefs expected to attend include Vincenzo Betulia, founder of popular downtown Naples restaurants Osteria Betulia and Bar Tulia and The French.
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The 2019 Wine & Food Experience Tour will start in Brooklyn, New York, on Sept. 7, and Naples is the last stop featuring Stewart, who currently stars with rapper Snoop Dogg in "Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party," will host a cooking demonstration. open to all Wine & Food Experience Tour ticket holders.
The Food Network's "Chopped" judge Scott Conant, who was the celebrity chef at the 2018 Naples wine and food event and recently opened Masso Osteria at Las Vegas' Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, will be returning this year at stops in Chicago, Cincinnati and Los Angeles. Fellow "Chopped" judge Alex Guarnaschelli will also be on the tour with appearances in Brooklyn and Detroit among other cities. Antoni Porowski, who serves as the food and wine expert on Netflix's "Queer Eye," will also be a special guest on the tour.
Attendees will be able to sample special chef recipes, craft beers and wines, and have access to seminars and cooking demonstrations.Tickets sold out during 2018's Wine & Food Experience Tour so getting them in advance is recommended.
Here's the calendar of events:
- USA TODAY Wine & Food Experience, Brooklyn, N.Y., Sept. 7
- Detroit Free Press Wine & Food Experience, Detroit, Sept. 14
- IndyStar Wine & Food Experience, Indianapolis, Sept. 28
- Cincinnati.com Wine & Food Experience, Cincinnati, Oct. 5
- Courier-Journal Wine & Food Experience presented by Kroger, Louisville, Ky., Oct. 19
- USA TODAY Wine & Food Experience presented by MGM Resorts International, Las Vegas, Oct. 26
- azcentral Wine & Food Experience, Scottsdale, Ariz., Nov. 2
- USA TODAY Wine & Food Experience, Los Angeles, Nov.9
- USA TODAY Wine & Food Experience, Chicago, Nov. 16
- Paradise Coast Wine & Food Experience featuring Martha Stewart, Naples, Nov. 23
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USA Today contributed to this report.