Venice Food & Wine Festival

by Nathan Rollinson

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When in Venice, there is always a moment to travel in style, especially on this polished wood private taxi boat, which whisks you away as if you are set in the golden era. Set on its own private island, JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa is a luxe haven on Isola delle Rose, 20 minutes away from historic St. Mark’s Square. Nestled amid olive groves and lush gardens, the resort boasts the Dopolavoro Dining Room, Sapori Cooking Academy, and GOCO Spa Venice. You are invited to join us and enjoy a taste of The JW Treatment — experiences created by people who truly love what they do.



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Take a moment to soak in the sanctuary island with its wealth of history of Isola Delle Rose. Its position, halfway between the lagoon and the sea, has endowed this magnificent garden of 16 hectares with a special microclimate. In fact, a fresh and salutary breeze blows on the Isola Delle Rose, already the Mediterranean as a result of the play of marine currents, and this has stimulated the growth of plants rare in Venice, such as olive, suggesting the setting up of a clinic for respiratory diseases at the beginning of the 20th century.




If an indulgent three days of exclusive events showcasing the best in Italian food and wine sounds like your idea of the perfect long weekend, you’ve come to the right place! From 3 to 6 May the inaugural edition of the highly anticipated Venice Food & Wine Festival, hosted by JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts and Food & Wine arrives in Italy’s beloved city of water. The food festival is designed to celebrate the best in food and wine in sponsorship with Acqua Panna, S. Pellegrino, illy Caffé, Barilla, Aromatherapy Associates and Electrolux.



Savour exclusive epicurean events showcasing the finest Italian cuisine, wine and spirits, and Veneto tradition. Immerse yourself in cooking demos, interactive classes, and tastings — all in the company of internationally celebrated chefs and wine experts. 



Venice Food & Wine offer enriching gastronomic experiences including; ‘Mercado di Rialto,’ a market-themed lunch with live music and lawn games; ‘The Feed,’ a lunch experience inclusive of Instagram and photography tips; ‘Saluti After Dark’, a daily after hours party with crafted cocktails accompanied by whimsical Flour Shop treats and live music at Rose Bar; ‘Bocce & Bubbles’ tournament and al fresco such as the Villa; ‘Michelin-Starred Masters’ dinner party; ‘Curd & Whey’ ricotta-making demonstration; ‘Grown in Veneto’ farm to fork dinners and many more activities.



While you are in Venice, and maybe need a little time to digest after all these foodies galore from the Food and Wine event, there is a complimentary boat service available on a regular schedule, offering a pleasant ride across the smooth lagoon to and from St. Mark’s Square. The private dock in St. Mark’s is located just in front of the Royal Gardens. If you are looking to explore more of the island, rather than the touristy spot of St. Mark’s Square, you will find plenty of idyllic islands such as Murano, famous for glass making and Burano, known as the colourful islands in Venice and many, many more.



With a truly lively food and wine experience, richness in culture and a priceless view of Venice we can say “Thank you” to  JW Marriott Venice and Food and Wine for a truly spectacular experience. A true Venetian moment to remember.

Photos by Robert Morgan 

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