The Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival announced today that internationally-acclaimed fashion designer and cookbook author Zac Posen will headline the Grand Tasting, cooking on the MONOGRAM Culinary Stage on Saturday, September 22 and signing copies of his cookbook, “Cooking with Zac.” The event takes place from September 20 – 23, 2018. The Marble House lawn sets the stage for the two-day Grand Tasting on Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23, which offers guests the chance to sample hundreds of wines from around the world and cuisine from nearly two dozen regional restaurants and caterers.
Guests can also enjoy A Conversation with Zac Posen, where attendees will engage with with Posen in the Marble House Gold Ballroom before heading out to the Grand Tasting. Also participating in weekend cooking and grilling demonstrations will be local and regional favorites including Lydia Shire of Boston’s Scampo, Terence Feury of Forty 1˚ North in Newport, Maura Kilpatrick of Sofra Bakery in Cambridge, Jorge Espinoza of Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina, Jose Enrique of Jose Enrique in San Juan, and Kolin Vazzoler of Simi Winery. Hundreds of wines from around the world will be featured throughout the many weekend events, including top selections from Opus One (Napa Valley), M. Chapoutier (France), Tua Rita (Italy), Vincent Girardin (France), Robert Mondavi (Napa Valley), and Famille Hugel (France). Additional highlights of the weekend-long festivities include the Friday night Wine & Rosecliff gala, the Vintner Dinner at Rosecliff on Saturday.