Named among Forbes Travel Guide’s Top 10 Winter Food Festivals, DC’s premier food and wine event, The Washington, DC International Food & Wine Festivalwill take place at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center from February 5 through 9, 2013; and this year, it’s bigger and better than ever with an extended schedule and extra added attractions including Signature Events, Tasting Room Experiences, educational seminars, focused tastings, chef inspired dinners and demos, food and wine pairing, a ‘Sommelier Showdown,” and a silent auction to benefit Cohn’s Kitchen, which provides restaurant and culinary job training and workforce development to DC's underserved and underprivileged young adults with a demonstrated passion for excellence and a commitment to employment in the restaurant industry. This year’s Washington International Food & Wine Festival’s presenting sponsor is The Washington Post with Kimpton Hotels: principle and exclusive hotel sponsor of the Festival,and fine dining waters Acqua Panna and San Pellegrino: exclusive sponsors of the Regional Wine & Food and the Sommelier Showdown signature events. The Washington, DC International Food & Wine has garnered over 6,000 participants yearly. The expansion of the festival this year is only the beginning. Plans are in place to continue this into the future, building a larger event that stands shoulder to shoulder with equivalent festivals around the country; to make the DC International Food and Wine Festival a destination. For ticket packages and to a la carte events and further information, log onto http://www.wineandfooddc.com/.