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Posted at 6:06 PM ET, 06/22/2006

Sunshine From a Bottle

By Erin

With the forecast calling for rain, you could whine about your weekend plans, but if you hit the Omni Shoreham Hotel you could wine instead. Though it's no bargain, the seventh annual Washington D.C. International Wine & Food Festival will feature tons of tastings, "stars" of the culinary world (think Ted from "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy") and some of my favorite local chefs. Organizers anticipate around 12,000 people to gorge themselves this weekend. With wine from 280 wineries around the world, guided tastings and demonstrations and food lectures, it's easy to understand why.

The focal point of the event, the Grand Tasting, takes place in two ballrooms at the hotel. That's the place to find the wine (and winemakers), see food vendors and watch the chefs heat things up. To whet your palate, Ben Giliberti of The Washington Post, Michael Franz and Mark Oldman, the man behind the "Outsmarting Wine 101" seminars, will lead a variety of tastings.

Chefs leading demonstrations include Roberto Donna of Galileo, Katsuya Fukushima of Cafe Atlantico, Barton Seaver of Cafe Saint-Ex and Morou, the former Signatures chef who is working to open his new Old Town restaurant, Farrah Olivia.

Tickets into the event are $71 for one day and $92 for both days.

--Erin

By Erin  | June 22, 2006; 6:06 PM ET
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