2019 Wine & Food Festival kicks off with pre-events

MSU BILLINGS FOUNDATION NEWS—The annual Wine & Food Festival starts early this year with a series of pre-events celebrating local cuisine, wine glass mastery, and regional beverages. Join the MSU Billings Foundation at four pre-events leading up to the main Wine & Food Festival week, May 13-18.

2019 Pre-events

On Feb. 25, the season’s first pre-event kicks off at Lilac with owner and executive chef Jeremy Engebretson. He and his team will pair culinary creations with ciders from Western Cider Company of Missoula, MT.

Another local executive chef, Matt Makowski of Seva Kitchen, will show off his culinary prowess, too. Enjoy cuisine pairings with select wines of California’s Rombauer Vineyards during this pre-event on March 11.

Returning this year to the MSU Billings campus is Riedel – The Wine Glass Company, which premiered during the 2018 Wine & Food Festival. Participants in this year’s wine glass tasting on March 27 sample four wines in the new Riedel Performance glassware. Plus, they get to take home a set of four glasses.

Concluding the pre-event season on April 23, two world-class Bozeman chocolatiers showcase their confections during a wine and chocolate pairing. Guests sample award-winning chocolates by Wlady and Shannon Grochowski of La Châtelaine Chocolat Co. and learn about chocolate design.

Come early, come often

Jeanne Moller, long-time Wine & Food Festival organizer, says this year’s pre-events are designed to have something for everyone to enjoy while highlighting the talents of local chefs in Billings.

“If you’ve never been to Wine & Food Festival events before, this is the year to start,” said Moller. “Tell your friends and come often to enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience while you give back to the students of MSU Billings.”

Tickets to the 2019 Wine & Food Festival pre-event series go on sale Monday, Jan. 28, ranging in price from $75 to $100 per person. All proceeds benefit the MSU Billings Foundation and its work to support MSU Billings, especially in providing student scholarships. In the 2017-18 academic year, the foundation awarded 46 students scholarships from Wine & Food Festival. Purchase tickets online at msubfoundation.com/wine-food, or call (406) 657-2244.

For more event information about the MSU Billings Foundation’s annual Wine & Food Festival, contact Jeanne Moller at (406) 657-1623 or jmoller@msubillings.edu.

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