Friday and Saturday, August 19th & 20th, 2022

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


VIP Sessions

The 2022 Nebraska Balloon & Wine Festival again offers an opportunity to taste a vast selection of wine paired with delicious foods. These Wines will be combined with delicious hors d’oeuvres and food pairings prepared by some of the best area chefs. Year after Yeear this sales out so do not miss out this year and get on early.


Friday, August 19th

6:00 PM  & 8:00 PM

Carrabba’s, Italian Grill
By  Chef Jason Feregrino

$53 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 family recipes handed down for generations including crispy calamari, homemade lasagne and a variety of fresh fish, seafood and meats cooked over our wood-fired grill.


Presented by Tania Kinch-Rice of Carrabba’s

2021 MENU Friday at 6 PM & 8 PM

First Course:

Mini Meatballs – Our classic Carrabba’s recipe meatballs cooked in our homemade Pomodoro sauce and topped with romano cheese.

Paired with Gabbiano Chianti

Second Course:

Chicken Marsala featuring grilled chicken topped with mushrooms and our Lombardo Marsala wine sauce served with penne pomodoro

Paired with our House Red Wine Cecchi Bonizio Rosso

Third Course:

Mini Cannolis – Sweetened ricotta cheese with cinnamon, vanilla, and chocolate chips, stuffed in a crispy pastry shell and topped with pistachios.

Paired with Rosa Regale Sparkling Wine


Saturday, August 20 th

 6:00 PM   & 8:00 PM

Outback Steakhouse & WineStyles  

      By Matt McGinn of Outback Steakhouse and Ata Rodgers from WineStyles 

$53 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 Matt McGinn of Outback Steakhouse and Ata Rodgers of WineStyles

2021 MENU Saturday at 6 PM & 8 PM

First Course: 

Blue cheese pecan chopped salad with our fresh made Blue cheese vinaigrette, Aussie crunch, candies pecans, and blue cheese crumbles.

Paired with Australian Yalumba Chardonnay Wine  

Second Course:   

Tenderloin filet skewer seasoned with an espresso rub and grilled to medium on our char grill served over mashed potatoes and drizzled with our house made roasted garlic butter.

Paired with Australian Yalumba Shiraz Wine  

Third Course:  

A butter cake garnished with chocolate or strawberry and topped with whipped cream and a fresh mint sprig.

Paired 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 Manager, 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 and Joe Mancuso, Festival Manager

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