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Vegas Uncork’d festival will not return in 2020

Keep the cork in the champagne bottle. The Vegas Uncork’d culinary festival will not return this year.

A spokeswoman for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority confirms that after 13 years of celebrating the Las Vegas culinary scene, there will not be a 2020 incarnation of the festival.

“Vegas Uncork’d has been an integral part of the Las Vegas food story for the past 13 years, celebrating and growing the destination’s world-class culinary scene,” says Lori Nelson-Kraft of the LVCVA. “While Vegas Uncork’d will not be returning in 2020, we are excited to continue showcasing Las Vegas’ culinary offerings in the destination’s next culinary adventure.”

There’s no word, for now at least, on what that “next culinary adventure” might be.

Uncork’d launched on Mother’s Day Weekend of 2007, as a partnership between Bon Appetit magazine and the LVCVA. It remained centered around that May holiday for most of its 13 years, except for 2015 through 2017, when it was held in April.

During its early years, the event was celebrated for its intimate events, which allowed fans to interact with some of Las Vegas’ top chefs as they enjoyed their cuisine. As it grew in popularity over the years, however, the number and size of the events increased, as did their prices. Nonetheless, its centerpiece Grand Tasting, traditionally held on Friday evenings at Caesars Palace’s Garden of the Gods Pool complex, had remained one of the best opportunities to meet and mingle with multiple celebrity chefs in a single evening.

Contact Al Mancini at amancini@reviewjournal.com. Follow @AlManciniVegas on Twitter and Instagram.

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