Bacchus himself would approve of A Taste of Covington, a five-day 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, tasting events and a champagne jazz brunch.
Begun in 2012, A Taste of Covington started as a locals’ event but increasingly is bringing in visitors who love the idea of exploring the area’s culinary bounty in such a festive way. 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 & Courtyard from Pat Gallagher; as well as Forks and Corks, Annadele’s Plantation, Meribo, Pyre Provisions, Seiler Bar, Half Shell Oyster House and others.
The Grand Tasting is a festive event held at Bogue Falaya Wayside Park pavilion, 213 Park Dr. Live music and active sipping makes the evening special.
"Festa del Vino", a tasting event held at the St. Tammany Art Association, 320 N. Columbia St., features more live music, premium wine taste and light bites.
The month-long celebration closes with a champagne jazz brunch at Pyre Provisions, 70437 Hwy. 21, a three-course brunch with two seatings.
Prices vary for the various components of ATOC. Reservations are needed for most.
320 N. Columbia St., 213 Park Dr., and throughout Covington