Bacchus himself would approve of A Taste of Covington, a celebration of good food and wine held each spring in the town’s historic district. Known for some of the best restaurants on the Northshore, Covington showcases its rich culinary scene with a series of vintner dinners, a Grand Tasting and champagne jazz brunch.
Begun in 2012, A Taste of Covington started as a locals’ event but as it brought in visitors who love the idea of exploring the area’s culinary bounty in such a festive way, it added to its name "5 Days of Food, Wine, Music & Art." New for 2020, the event expands beyond the first five days in April to a month-long wine and culinary event of weekly vintner's dinners through April 30, giving foodies even more opportunities to explore Covington's vibrant culinary scene.
The event begins with vintner's dinners on Wednesday and Thursday at participating restaurants; continues on Friday with the "Festa Del Vino," tasting event at the St. Tammany Art Association and the "Grand Tasting" on Saturday--a festive evening event with live music and active sipping formerly held at festival partner Acquistapace’s, a popular, locally-owned grocery, specialty and spirits store. In 2020, the tasting event expands to the Covington Trailhead. The weekend closes Sunday morning with a Champagne Jazz Brunch.
Book your hotel early if you’re planning to be in town for ATOC and be sure to check out the lineup of restaurants participating in the vintner dinners.
Among restaurants participating in recent years have been Del Porto, whose chefs have been nominated three times for James Beard Awards; Oxlot 9, the lovely Gulf-inspired restaurant from chef Jeffrey Hansell; chef Kim Kringlie’s elegant Dakota; longtime favorite Gallagher’s Grill from Pat Gallagher; Meribo, whose chef Gavin Jobe was a winner on The Food Network's Chopped, as well as Pardo’s American Bistro, Annadele’s Plantation, Forks 'n Corks and others.
Prices vary for the various components of ATOC. Reservations are needed for most. To learn more about this year's event, check out our event detail.