For one night only, award-winning chefs José Andrés and Curtis Stone will lead guests on a culinary tour of SLS Las Vegas, treating diners to dishes and specialty cocktails from the hotel’s seven restaurants—including Bazaar Meat, Cleo, and Katsuya—as well as a live cooking demo inside the property’s newest entertainment venue, The Foundry. Best of all, there’s no need to feel guilty about indulging because proceeds from the event go toward supporting Andrés’s nonprofit organization, World Central Kitchen, and Vegas-based food bank Three Square. February 5; find tickets here.
Presented by Back Bar USA and benefiting the Helen David Relief Fund for Bartenders Affected by Breast Cancer, the three-day For the Love of Cocktails festival celebrates contemporary mixology with a roster of educational seminars; meet-and-greet sessions that introduce guests to bar legends like Tony Abou-Ganim, Salvatore Calabrese, and Francesco Lafranconi; and even a Downtown bar crawl. The pinnacle of the event, though, is the Grand Gala, an evening soirée held at Delano’s Skyfall Lounge that juxtaposes live entertainment with more than 25 cocktail-tasting stations overseen by top bartenders. February 10-12; find tickets here.
Fans of the classic brown spirit would do well to head straight for Encore Resort during the first week of March, when the world’s top whiskey brands congregate in Vegas for four days of expert-taught master classes, product launches, and exclusive tastings of top-shelf spirits. Other highlights of the event include a whiskey-themed speed-dating experience at Wynn’s restaurant Tableau, a Glenlivet-sponsored dinner at MGM Grand’s Joël Robuchon, and a Main Tasting session featuring cigars and gourmet hors d’oeuvres. March 2-5; find tickets here.
A hometown favorite, Motley Brews’ Great Vegas Festival of Beer is heading back to Downtown Vegas with more than 400 craft beers from over 100 breweries in tow. Live music, snacks from local food trucks and restaurants, a VIP Brewers’ Lounge housed inside Atomic Liquors, and the popular BrewLogic series of educational seminars round out the offerings at this one-day festival, known for introducing patrons to a broad range of beers both produced in Vegas and not commonly found in Sin City. April 9; find tickets here.
Considered one of the U.S.’s elite food festivals by gourmands around the country, Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit once again sets up shop on the Strip this April, kicking off with a hotly anticipated tradition: the massive Grand Tasting at Caesars Palace’s Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis. The four-day extravaganza celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, meaning guests can expect a ramped-up schedule of festivities that’s sure to include scores of celebrity chef-led brunches, demos, and master classes. April 28 through May 1; find tickets here.