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Welcome to The International Wine and Food Society – the gastronomic society which pioneered the appreciation of wine and food back in 1933 (led by our founders André Simon and A J A Symons) and today remains the gateway to the enjoyment of wine and food for you to explore at your leisure.
As André Simon said in 1933 ...
"The object of the Society is to bring together and serve all who believe that a right understanding of good food and wine is an essential part of personal contentment and health and that an intelligent approach to the pleasures and problems of the table offers far greater rewards than the mere satisfaction of appetite".
We are still an independent organisation run on a voluntary basis by enthusiastic members. With over 6,000 members worldwide, based in 30 countries, we can offer membership almost anywhere in the world and give you the opportunity to be part of this truly unique gastronomic journey.
As the world's oldest, and largest, wine and food society we have a wealth of experience, knowledge and contacts we can draw from, to arrange both traditional and innovative events which will captivate and inspire you. Consider a tasting of 1982 Bordeaux in Sydney, a DRC Burgundy tasting in Mumbai or lunch at Roux at The Landau or Roux at Parliament Square, London to celebrate our 80th anniversary. We run local (weekends in Kuala Lumpur or Taipei for example), regional (Mediterranean or Caribbean cruises) and international (Vancouver was host to our last; Melbourne our next) wine and food events on a regular basis – and it is, of course, your choice as to how much you can or would like to embrace and be part of these gatherings.
But the IWFS offers much more than a dining and tasting experience. It also gives you the chance to meet and make friends with other like-minded people both locally and further afield, sharing experiences along the way – and there is always a warm welcome from a local branch when travelling somewhere new!
Learning and educating, supporting and rewarding quality and excellence are core values of our Society and are provided for and by our members in a number of ways. Our events are obviously a key forum for these ("Seven sakes and sushi" was recently run by our branch in Grand Cayman) and are also reported in our quarterly regional wine and food magazines which are sent to all members on a regional basis. We also arrange an Annual Speech inviting a recognized expert to talk on a chosen specialist food and wine topic of interest to our members and the general public. Members receive the invaluable Vintage Card, providing vintage advice from a panel of world renowned consultants and Masters of Wine at a glance. Plus members have access to IWFS commissioned Monographs from experts in their field, reviewing relevant topics linked with food and wine.
With 130 branches spread around the world - from Boston to Beijing, Manila to Moscow, Los Angeles to London - it is very possible there is a branch nearby for you to join or, alternatively, to become one of our independent members.
Being a member of the IWFS is a personal journey, and you can choose your destination and the experiences you would like along the way....come and join us, celebrate and enjoy.