Friday and Saturday, August 18th & 19th, 2023

Enhance the Nebraska Balloon & Wine Festival Featuring
Wine & Food Experts!


The 2023 Nebraska Balloon & Wine Festival again offers an opportunity to taste delicious foods paired with different wines.  These Wines will be combined with delicious hors d’oeuvres and food pairings prepared by some of the best area chefs. Year after Year this sells out so do not miss out this year and get in early.


Friday, August 18th

6:00 PM  & 8:00 PM

Carrabba’s, Italian Grill

$57 per person (Includes $17 Wine Tasting Ticket – 5 Tastes wine and Souvenir Wine Glass)

Carrabba’s in Omaha offers flavorful, handmade Italian dishes prepared to order in a lively exhibition kitchen. Guests enjoy Carrabba’s family recipes handed down for generations including crispy calamari, homemade lasagna and a variety of fresh fish, seafood and meats cooked over their wood-fired grill.


Presented by Tania Kinch-Rice of Carrabba’s

2023 MENU Friday at 6 PM & 8 PM

First Course:  Bruchetta Checca – Diced tomatoes tossed with basil, mint, extra virgin olive oil, & fresh milk mozzarella, drizzled with a balsamic glaze reduction.  Wine Pairing – Cavaliere Sangiovese 

Second Course:  Pesto Alfredo with Chicken – Penne pasta tossed in a made-from-scratch pesto alfredo topped with wood-grilled chicken.  Wine Pairing – Impero Chardonnay

Third Course:  Strawberry Cheesecake – Delicious New York Style cheesecake topped with a strawberry sauce.  Wine Pairing – Seven Daughters Moscato



Saturday, August 19th

 6:00 PM   & 8:00 PM

Outback Steakhouse & WineStyles  

      By Elizabeth Rotramel of Outback Steakhouse and Ata Rodgers from WineStyles 

$57 per person (Includes $17 Wine Tasting Ticket – 5 Tastes wine and Souvenir Wine Glass) 

   Outback Steakhouse

         Outback Steakhouse is an Australian-themed American casual dining restaurant chain, serving American cuisine.


        Choose from hundreds of wines and craft beers that have been sorted for you by style and taste to complement our selection of handcrafted chocolates, artisanal cheeses, and gourmet food. Great wines don’t need to be expensive. Whether you’re looking for an amazing $10-$25 bottle of wine or a unique gift, we strive to create the best shopping experience in town.


Outback & WineStyles


Presented by David West of Outback Steakhouse and Ata Rodgers of WineStyles

2023 MENU Saturday at 6 PM & 8 PM

First Course:

Chop Salad-Fresh greens, carrot and cabbage mix, green onion, aussie crunch and candied cinnamon pecans tossed in house made blue cheese vinaigrette dressing and topped with blue cheese crumbles

Wine Pairing with Australian Yalumba Chardonnay Wine


Second Course:

Prime Rib-  Herb crusted prime rib, slow roasted and sliced immediately before being served over creamy homestyle mashed potatoes and drizzled with a rich peppercorn sauce

Wine Pairing with Australian Yalumba Shiraz Wine


Third Course:

Butter Cake-   Sweet butter cake topped with whipped cream and strawberry sauce

Wine Pairing with Australian Yalumba Viognier Wine



The FOOD  & WINE EXPERIENCE Sessions will be set up classroom style with wine glasses and conducted by Culinary Chefs, Vintners and Wine Experts. These sessions will involve flights of wine paired with food tasting.   Mike Mancuso, Festival Director, indicated “This Event has had such a Great response every year at the Nebraska Balloon & Wine Festival, we have to keep bringing it back.”  Whether you are a wine connoisseur, wine lover or simply interested in trying something new, the Food and Wine Experience will offer a special interaction of chefs with wine tastings.  It represents the culinary aspect of enjoying great wine and a fun way to discover the chemistry of life’s simplest indulgences!”


For More Information, Contact: Mike Mancuso, Festival Director

Produced By: Mid-America Expositions, Inc. (402) 346-8003