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International Film Fest Summit & Music Fest Con Converge on Austin

As the world gets smaller and smaller, we tend to forget about the power of gathering like minds in one place. Here at Film Festival Traveler we embrace the idea of the festival as a communicative and all-encompassing experience. Whether it’s an art-house theater showing Pasolini films or an international music summit, festivals bring together great artistic minds and let the public join in the experience. But putting together a film fest or a huge multi-act concert is not the easiest task, so to help learn how to better manage these experiences are the International Film Festival Summit and the International Music Festival Conference. Both are happening December 8 – 10, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Austin.

IMFCON includes panel discussions on how to better improve safety at concerts, keynotes by the  President of Global Touring and Chairman of Global Music at Live Nation, Arthur Fogel and boxing manager Shelly Finkel, a at in-house ticketing vs. giant ticket companies, how to book talent, the difference between managing a festival versus a tour, and much more.

The IFFS investigates how to utilize digital distribution for film, how the acclaimed Toronto International Film Festival selects its programming, a conversation with acclaimed writer John Sayles and Associate Dean of Entrepreneurship and Special Initiatives for the School of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA, Barbara Boyle, and how to effectively utilize sponsors.

Both events are must-sees for anyone looking to break into the festival industry and provide valuable expertise.

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The International Film Festival Summit & The International Music Festival Conference

December 8 – 10, 2013

Hyatt Regency Austin
208 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, Texas 78704

Here are some pictures from IMFCON and IFFS 2012












Gambero Rosso's Tre Bicchieri Wine Tasting Coming to NYC

Attention wine connoisseurs in the restaurant and food industry, Gambero Rosso's Tre Bicchieri, an industry-only showcase of Italy's top 1% of wines is coming to NYC. Friday, March 10, at the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 W 18th St, New York, NY).

With Italy's highest-rated wines from hundreds of producers featured in the 2023 Vini d'Italia guide, this event is the premier trade-only tasting of Italian wines.

Gambero Rosso is perhaps best known in the United States as the publisher of the annual guide to Italian wines, the Vini d’Italia. Featuring more than just reviews of Italy’s finest wines, Vini d’Italia covers the brilliant, passionate individuals who devote their lives to winemaking. Today, more than 70 expert tasters comprise the team that blind-tastes 45,000+ wines annually, rating them on a scale of one to three glasses (bicchieri).

Tre Bicchieri U.S. Tour will also be coming to Miami, Florida on April 18th, and Austin, Texas on April 20th.

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Tre Bicchieri U.S. Tour
March 10, 2023

Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W 18th Street
New York, NY 10011


2021 Vinexpo New York Canceled

Another of many trade shows has been canceled due to COVID-19. Diversified Communications and Vinexposium, organizers of Vinexpo New York wine and spirits trade event announced its exhibition scheduled for February 3-4, 2021 at the Jacob K. Javits Center has been cancelled, due to the ongoing risks of COVID-19.

The trade-only event will resume in 2022 with the goal of reuniting the industry while providing a more safe, productive, and enjoyable in-person gathering in accordance with state, city, and venue guidelines. “As show organizers of an international trade event which draws thousands of attendees from across North America and exhibitors from all corners of the world, it became evident that a live event of our kind would not be possible in February.” said Beckie Kier, event director of Vinexpo New York. “We are now planning for the 2022 edition, while continuing to support our industry members with resources and tools to help them conduct business during these challenging times.”

Since March show organizers have produced free monthly webinars focusing on the outlook within the community and featuring industry leaders. Most recently the Vinexpo New York team launched a new five-part educational series in partnership with the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. 

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Salon du Chocolat New York will Melt Your Heart at the Javits


Few things in this world make life bearable the way chocolate does. From the kind that melt in your mouth but not in your hand, to the most decadent artisanal desserts, there’s nothing quite like chocolate to make this mortal plane tolerable. The Salon du Chocolat will be celebrating all things chocolate at the Javits Center from November 16th to the 17th.

At the Chocolate Demonstration Stage you’ll be able to see expert chocolatiers practice their craft and answer your questions. The Pastry by the Pros Stage is there to teach you recipes for the holiday season. Salon du Chocolat NY’s signature fashion show presents pageantry dripping with glamour, decadence, and otherworldly couture… and chocolate with chocolate themed outfits. Marvel at colossal chocolate sculptures that take the shape of endangered species and world landmarks. The Valrhona Hot Chocolate Festival will feature samples of unique hot chocolate recipes created especially by the city's most celebrated pastry chefs and the Salon du Chocolat Junior is a chance for kids to get hands on lessons in chocolate crafting. 

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Salon du Chocolat New York
November 16 - 17, 2019

Jacob Javits Center
655 W 34th St

New York, NY 10001

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