In France, Beaujolais Nouveau is the most popular vin de primeur, a style of wine made from gamay grapes in the Beaujolias region, that is fermented for just a few weeks before being released for sale each year on the third Thursday in November. Consequently the introduction of the Beaujolais Nouveau has become a tradition in France and throughout the world—a festival of live music, food, and wine for all to enjoy. In New Orleans, this celebratory event has become the French-American Chamber of Commerce's main fundraiser, supporting the chamber’s year-round activities to promote trade and investment between France and Louisiana, Mississippi, and southern Alabama. Those that come to the Black & Gold Beaujolais Festival will find themselves sampling Beaujolais Noveau wines from the famous Rhône-Alpes region of France, set alongside tempting treats from the kitchens of New Orleans’ talented chefs. With live music and a host of items to bid on, too. 7 pm–10 pm at the J.W. Marriott, 614 Canal Street. $75 ($60 members) tickets in advance from (504) 458-3528. $75 at the door.