The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (NOWFE) announced new dates for its 2020 event, in what has become a trickle-down effect to make room for the NCAA Women’s Final Four. NOWFE will now take place on March 18 to March 22, the board of directors announced in a release.
The change comes after the French Quarter Festival also announced plans to move around the NCAA tournament. French Quarter Fest rescheduled its dates to April 15 to April 19, which were NOWFE’s original event dates.
“We appreciate the leaders of our festival organizations working together to make New Orleans the best destination for every visitor,” said Stephen Perry, president & CEO of New Orleans & Co. “This date shuffle also ensures a strong and steady economic impact for our region throughout the spring.”
“New Orleans is known for its unwavering hospitality, and the efforts we are making with other tourism industry entities are right in line with making everyone feel welcome,”Aimee Brown, NOWFE executive director said. “When French Quarter Festival decided to move its event to help the NCAA Women’s Final Four be successful, we in turn moved ours to help spread the economic impact across two busy months. We are happy to be working with them to make the date shift possible.”
NOWFE is just one event occurring during the spring that has a significant economic impact on the city. The events take place right in the heart of the city, where guests can enjoy the wine and food, shopping, live entertainment, art galleries and museums, and more.
The culinary and wine-focused festival has been New Orleans staple event for more than 27 years, featuring wine dinners, premium tasting events, seminars and the iconic Royal Street Stroll. Proceeds support culinary education and local non-profit organizations.
For more information about NOWFE, visit the website.