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It’s Almost Here: Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival 2015!

The mission of the Great Reno Balloon Race is to provide a premier, safe, family-oriented/tourist-attractive, visually dramatic event that celebrates the joy of flight while remaining free to the public. The Great Reno Balloon Race is the largest free hot-air ballooning event in the world. During three days in early September, you can look up into the Reno skies and see a rainbow of hot air … The Arizona Balloon Classic is celebrating its 5th Anniversary and we invite you to be a part of it. Come visit Phoenix, Arizona to enjoy the December weather , the holiday season and the beautiful sunrises & sunsets. Rumor has it, Santa has put our event on his calendar for a quick stopover.

You have a virtual army of chefs working through hangovers and cramped quarters to put out a fantastic brunch buffet for 200+ hungry people. Each year I make the same dish, Ham and Egg Cups with Sauteed Mushrooms and Sun-Dried Tomato Hollandaise. Luckily, Chef Bingo had his crew slice and saute my mushrooms so my prep time was reduced dramatically. Despite sharing the back-line with three other cooks, we managed to get everything out on time . I gave the “Whiskey Speech.” We had the best bloodies in Natchez and vowed to do it all over again in 2015. The RBC Wealth Management Balloons Over Bend and the Children’s Festival have combined into the largest family festival in Central Oregon with a new date and new look.

You can walk around the square for free and shop in the book and wine tents, but won’t be able to enter any other areas without a wristband. You will, of course, get what you paid for when it comes to these events, as you can stuff yourself silly with gourmet cuisine. The tickets range in price, depending on what you want to do.

But even better is the fact that the event lasts a whole weekend and they put you up in a hotel and take care of you like celebrities. There’s a chef’s after-party on Friday night where the chefs eat and drink for free and there’s no shortage of hospitality from the locals who are quick to pick up your tab for a drink or two. The chefs have plenty of time to hang out together and talk shop . The restaurants represented come from around the region and stretch from New Orleans to Memphis and all points in-between. I’ve formed friendships at this event with chefs from around the southeast and when I travel, I make an effort to stop in and eat with these guys and girls when I can.

We powered through the afternoon and cooked our Saturday dinner with Alex Harrell from Sylvain, KellyMcCann from Galatoires, and Jeremy Conner of Village Cafe. The dishes were stunningly beautiful and didn’t suffer a bit from the fact that we had to work out of two office kitchens. At the Friday Night event with a couple hundred bucks worth of daisies.

Presented by the Yazoo County CVB and the Yazoo County Fair Association, this event takes place at the Yazoo County Fairgrounds. The Great Mississippi River Balloon hootsuite 48mdeppengeekwire Race is Mississippi’s most exciting festival! Pilots compete to win prizes Saturday and Sunday mornings by tossing out sandbags onto a large ground target!

French Quarter Festival is the only time of the year when Antoine’s allows a non-profit community organization to ‘take over’ – celebrating the opening of French Quarter Festival at this grand Gala event. When not enjoying the beauty of the lodge, visitors can appreciate the natural splendor of the mountain on four trails through the park that range from easy to strenuous. Upcoming events at the park include a butterfly count on July 11, a Hot Rod Run on Aug. 29–30, and the 46th annual Ham Fest for amateur radio enthusiasts on Sept. 11–12. Take a break on the shores of Mississippi River at the Natchez Food and Wine Festival where an array of the region’s most prominent chefs, brewers, distillers and mixologists come together for three days of culinary adventures. The festivities begin on Friday afternoon with the homespun Mae Holyoak and Friends Lemonade Stand in front the Natchez Convention Center, a fundraiser to support the Natchez Adams County Humane Society Shelter. Later on Friday night the Convention Center is lit up for Tastings Along the River, where 700 guests mingle and munch among the dozens of renowned chefs and vendors.