Ooh la la! The Sud de France festival kicks off on June 9

The three-week celebration is packed with food and wine from the Languedoc-Roussillon region

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Skirt steak at the Cleveland

Skirt steak at the Cleveland Photograph: Jessica Lin


The French are great at eating, drinking and enjoying la bonne vie, but since a wine-drenched vacation to the south of France is, sadly, not within our reach this summer, the Sud de France festival is bringing the joie de vivre straight to NYC. The fete starts on Monday, June 9, and the lineup features wine tastings, boat parties and special dinners by some of New York’s favorite chefs. Some events have already sold out, but tickets for these five happenings are still available:

Wine 101 at Le Dû’s—Sip your way through the Languedoc-Roussillon region, with cocktail-style wine tastings, and learn interesting tidbits on the area’s wine-growing properties. June 12, 19, 26 at 6pm; $29.

Tasting Table: Reynard at the Wythe—Head to the outdoor garden of Andrew Tarlow’s Wythe Hotel bistro for a four-course dinner by chef Sean Rembold. The Languedoc-inspired meal will be paired with wines handpicked by Reynard’s wine director, Lee Campbell. Fun fact to impress your friends with: Reynard is French for "fox." June 18 at 7pm; $110.

La Guinguette du Languedoc-Roussillon—Consider this a French invasion: The block party will take over East 74th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues, re-creating a classic Southern France outdoor market. Chef Laurent Kalkotour (Atrium) will prepare brandade de morue (a salt cod dish with olive oil), and the Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream truck will scoop a surprise français flavor. June 22 at 5pm; free.

Tasting Table: The Cleveland—For this special dinner, chef Max Sussman teams up with brother Eli (Mile End Delicatessen) to cook up a Mediterranean four-course menu. The evening kicks off with a welcome cocktail in the restaurant’s backyard, and Brooklyn’s Pint-Sized Cocktail Orchestra will be there to set the mood with live jazz. June 23 at 6:30, 9pm; $90.

Tasting Table: Navy—Camille Becerra’s buzzy Soho joint hosts the last event in the dinner series. The former Top Chef star will put her well-known seafood skills to use for this nautically inspired meal, which includes wine pairings. June 29 at noon; $60.


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