At the Greenwich Wine & Food Festival last year, we met celebrity chefs including Graham Elliot, Dr. BBQ and Duff Goldman, while trying wine and food from some of the area’s hottest spots. We’re counting down the days (16 to be exact!) until this year’s star-studded event which includes appearances from the likes of Aaron Sanchez, Geoffrey Zakarian and Anne Burrell. Who better to learn about this year’s festival from than Suni Unger, CEO of Serendipity Magazine, presenters of the Greenwich Wine & Food Festival?
FP: We’re excited for the 4th Annual Greenwich Wine & Food Festival! How did the idea come about?
SU: Food and wine have always been passions of mine. When we launched Serendipity magazine in 2010, we purposely set out to develop an extensive Food & Wine section so we’d be able to introduce a partnered festival. At that time I had no idea how much the festival would grow! As you know, people in this part of the country are very passionate about our culinary fare, whether you’re a farmer, restaurant owner, chef, brewer, or foodie. With this, and our community’s strong commitment to supporting each other and our charity, we see more celebrities, participants and guests becoming involved each year.
FP: We’re glad to hear the festival keeps growing!
Though we live in Westchester, we visit Greenwich and Fairfield County often. What about Greenwich attracted you to host a festival there?
SU: The six-acre Roger Sherman Baldwin Park sits beautifully down on the harbor with gorgeous water views. It’s also a great center point between Westchester and Fairfield counties, with easy access to I-95 and Metro North.
FP: The park is indeed a beautiful one!
We’re excited to taste food/sip wine from some of the area’s best. Name some of your favorite places to grab a bite or drink in the area.
SU: I wouldn’t even know where to begin! This area of the country hosts such incredible culinary talent. I would definitely say you should check out our Ambassador Chef and Most Innovative Chef establishments. Their ingenuity and inventiveness make them essential stops at the festival. But with 150+ vendors participating, I find new favorites every year.
FP: We ask everyone this question: What are some of your guilty pleasures? We call them foodie pleasures, hence the name. 🙂
SU: As a born Texan I am a sucker for great barbecue and southern cuisine; I’m thrilled that Saturday night’s events include BBQ, master grillers, bourbon, and even live music by Alabama.
FP: We definitely enjoy us some BBQ! We’ll be there on Saturday and look forward to the master grillers competition! Thank you, Suni for your time. We look forward to seeing you in a few weeks!
If you haven’t purchased tickets for this year’s festival, what are you waiting for?! Get your tickets here and we hope to see you there!