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

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


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

$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

2022 MENU Friday at 6 PM & 8 PM

First Course:

Bruschetta Siciliani – Diced tomatoes tossed with red onions, kalamata olives, and fresh basil garnished with ricotta salata and served with toasted bread.

Wine Pairing with La Marca Prosseco


Second Course:

Penne Positano with Chicken – Penne pasta tossed in a fresh tomato sauce with garlic, basil, and olive oil topped with wood grilled chicken

Wine Pairing with Il Borro Pian di Nova


Third Course:

Sogno di Cioccolata – ​A rich fudge brownie with homemade chocolate mousse and fresh whipped cream

Wine Pairing with Bella Sera Moscato


Saturday, August 20 th

 6:00 PM   & 8:00 PM

Outback Steakhouse & WineStyles  

      By Elizabeth Rotramel 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 Elizabeth Rotramel of Outback Steakhouse and Ata Rodgers of Winestyles

2022 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 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