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Sep 30, 2013
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Three-day Wine & Food Festival in Greenwich

Three-day Wine & Food Festival in Greenwich

The town of Greenwich doesn’t do anything by halfway measures, so it’s a good bet that the upcoming Greenwich 2013 Wine + Food Festival, presnted by Serendipity magazine, Oct. 3-5, will be a splashy affair. Indeed, the tented festival on 6.3 acres at Roger Sherman Park features nationally known celebrity chefs and food experts, a BBQ Pit Masters demonstration, lots of live music and a culinary village. There’s even a kick-off party Thursday night, at Miller Motors, where you can sip fine wines among the Aston Martins, Bentleys and Bugattis (cocktail attire, please).

At Friday’s Grand Tasting some of Connecticut’s top culinary luminaries—Frederick Kieffer (L’escale and Artisan), Rafael Palomino (At right; Pacifico and Bistro Latino), Bill Taibe (LeFarm and The Whelk), Tim LaBant (The Schoolhouse)—collaborate on a special tasting menu. Wine and cocktails will be flowing, and there’s live music by country music star Pat Green, along with a silent auction and gift bags for every guest. From 1 to 5, there’ll be celebrity demos by top chefs, sommeliers and mixologists like François Payard, of FP Patisseries in New York; Joe Bastianich, partner with mom Lidia and Mario Batali in 23 eateries including Babbo and Del Posto; Bravo “Top Chef All-Starts” winner Richard Blais; and popular Food Network star Graham Elliot. 

A Saturday Festival ticket gets you into the Culinary Village chef and sommelier demos, and samplings from 90+ food, wine and spirit vendors. (And this being Greenwich, you’ll also see booths for the Cayman Islands and Fly the Whale charter flights.) Featured restaurants include: Char, Douro, Morello Bistro, The Mumbai Times and Harvest Wine Bar of Greenwich; Rowayton Seafood, Saffron, Bar Sugo and The Spread in Norwalk; Harlan Social and Napa in Stamford; Rive Bistro, Redding Roadhouse and many more, including several biggies from Westchester. Breweries include Half Full, Two Roads Brewing, Sixpoint and Captain Lawrence. The ticket also admits you to the Southern Bash for Burgers, Beers & Bluegrass. There’s live music on Saturday from 12 p.m. to 10 by Ian Murray Band and headliner Dispatch (6:30 to 10).

All this wining and dining doesn’t come cheap. There are separate ticket prices for each discrete event. That kickoff party is $150, for example, and the Grand Tasting is $275. $125 gets you into the Saturday Festival, but if you’ve got your heart set on “A Little Bit of Country” music, too, that will cost another $150 (includes a bourbon tasting and cigar bar). But hey, this is Greenwich, and funds go to support the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, the wonderful refuge for sick kids founded by Paul Newman in 1988.

If that’s not reason enough to sign up for an event or two, consider this: how often do you get to see Greenwichites getting all down-home and baring their country souls?!

 

Three-day Wine & Food Festival in Greenwich

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