Loudoun County, Virginia is home to the American east coast’s celebrated wine region and this weekend, from August 30th until September 2nd, plays host to Epicurience Virginia. In partnership with Saveur, guests can purchase either general admission or VIP tickets as well as attend a weekends worth of events dedicated to celebrating the region’s fine dining and excellent wines.

Epicurience will highlight culinary offerings showcased in scenic and historic settings.
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“Picture a food and wine festival so unique that no existing name quite fit. Where 35 wineries share stunning landscapes, less than an hour from the nation’s capital. Where the green rolling grounds of the spectacular 225-year-old Morven Park Estate will set the culinary stage to sip and taste with top chefs and vintners. A food and wine experience so epic, in fact, that we’re calling it something completely new: Epicurience. Held in the East Coast’s premier wine region, Loudoun, Virginia.

Loudoun, Virginia: DC’s Wine Country stretches from stylish equestrian farms to the misty Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s where insiders come to savor award-winning wines and seek out noteworthy farm-to-table cuisine.  From August 30th to September 2nd, it’s where people will be able to taste the finest in Virginia wines, meet top tastemakers and master winemakers, sample cuisine prepared by celebrated chefs from around the country. The event is set to highlight the region’s culinary offerings showcased in scenic and historic settings. The Grand Tasting on Saturday August 31st will feature Virginia wineries, culinary products and renowned chefs. There will be demonstrations, book signings, educational seminars, as well as exclusive events hosted in Loudoun over the course of the weekend including dinners at wineries, farms, or historic homes.

At the Grand Tasting, the Chef Demonstration Tent presented by Whole Foods Market, features some of the region’s best chefs showing off their kitchen prowess on Viking’s finest equipment and sharing their tips and tricks for creating culinary masterpieces. The schedule for the day will feature hourly demonstrations with:  Chef Todd Gray of Equinox Restaurant (DC) and Salamander Resort & Spa, Chef Maneet Chauhan of Food Network’s Chopped and Iron Chef, and former Executive Chef at Vermilion New York & Chicago; Chef Jason Bond of Bondir (Cambridge and Concord, MA); Chef Kaz Okochi of KAZ Sushi Bistro (DC); Chef Bertrand Chemel of 2941 Restaurant (Falls Church); Chef Roberto Donna of Al Dente Ristorante (DC); Chef Aaron McCloud of Cedar (DC).

The Virginia Education Tent presented by Virginia Wine and Virginia Tourism will feature celebrated winemakers, sommeliers, and local food producers presenting informative educational sessions for wine novices to experts covering a range of topics on Virginia wine including geographic terroir, varietals, culinary pairings, and more.  Meet the man behind The Modern Gentleman, writer and sommelier Jason Tesauro, during his session on Virginia Viognier. Experience the influence of herbs on wine during sommelier Mary Watson’s Wine and Herb Pairing. Impress friends with your knowledge on DC’s Wine Country learned during a panel discussion with Loudoun winemakers.”

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