There are more than 6,000 members, from all walks of life, in over 135 branches and 40 countries throughout the world. The society is organised in three Regions; The European and African Region, The Asian Pacific Region and The Americas Region.
The IWFS is described by The Oxford Companion to Wine as “The oldest and most cosmopolitan of the gastronomic societies for consumers rather than professionals … Now much imitated.”
This is the Website of the London Branch. Information on other branches worldwide can be found on the global IWFS website www.iwfs.org.
On this site you can find out details of the aims of the society and the events that we run. And if you are interested in becoming a member, you can join right here. Our Branch is a friendly group of individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, who enjoy good food and wine and want to find out more.
The society was founded in 1933 and spans the world. It has much prestige and influence, which it strives to constantly increase for the benefit, not only of its members but of everyone. It believes, not merely that the world should be nourished, but that food and wine are more beneficial to health and contentment if they are enjoyable.
In the words of the founder Andre L. Simon, “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.“
As the world’s oldest, and largest, wine and food society open to non-professionals, 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. 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.
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!
The Society has its Secretariat in London and hundreds of branches throughout the world. For more details on these please visit the Society’s International web site.