The annual Greenwich Wine + Food Festival is a multi-day event highlights the national, international and local food and beverage industry and features demos from multiple celebrity chefs. The 2019 year’s festival kicks off with an Opening Night Master Chef Wine Gala on Friday, September 20, showcasing the culinary and music scene of New Orleans. The Culinary Village and Grand Tasting takes place on Saturday, September 21, where guests can enjoy tastings and demonstrations from more than 150 of the area’s finest food, wine and spirits experts, The 8th Annual Burger Battle and 6th Annual Top Bartender Showdown will also return, providing friendly competition between area restaurants and bars.
Guests will experience sommelier, mixologist and brew master presentations, celebrity book signings, cooking demos with Special Guest Chefs, a celebrity green room with live interviews, an exclusive Meet the Masters panel discussion, The Tailgate Party with The Ultimate Taco, Burgers & Beers, and Grill Masters & BBQ. Confirmed celebrity talent includes Emmy Award-winner Valerie Bertinelli (Food Network’s Valerie’s Home Cooking), Geoffrey Zakarian (Chef/Partner The Lambs Club at The Chatwal and Point Royal at The Diplomat Beach Resort, Co-Host of Food Network’s The Kitchen and Judge on Chopped), Margaret Zakarian (President of Zakarian Hospitality), Marc Murphy (Food Network’s Chopped), Jessica Tom (Food Network Star season 14 winner), David Rose (Food Network Star season 13 finalist) and caterer to the stars Mary Giuliani (Mary Giuliani Catering & Events). Michael Franti & Spearhead and Little Big Town will close out the 2019 event with live musical performances on the Pepsi stage. The festival weekend will be held rain or shine. and anyone under 21, including infants or strollers, will not be admitted. Animals are also not permitted. This year’s event benefits Connecticut-based Food Rescue US, as well as the Town of Greenwich Parks & Recreation Department.
See last year’s trade highlights here.