While it is only July and we surely don’t want the summer to end anytime soon, we must say we’re already looking ahead in September for the fifth annual Greenwich Wine & Food Festival, presented by Serendipity magazine. This year’s event, taking place September 24-26, will feature a Dinner Under the Stars, (Thursday) the Most Innovative Chefs Gala (Friday) and the Culinary Village (Saturday) featuring a special performance from Little Big Town.
The official weekend kickoff on Thursday evening brings the first Dinner Under the Stars to the festival. This intimate event will accommodate 60 guests to enjoy a five-course dinner, accompanied by awarded select wines.
The Most Innovative Chefs Gala on Friday evening will feature the 2015 Most Innovative Chef winners from restaurants across Fairfield and Westchester Counties serving an incredible tasting menu. The evening will also include elite wines, premium liquor, an exclusive silent auction and a live musical performance by the Wailers (the legendary reggae band formed by the late Bob Marley in 1969). Proceeds from the auction will also benefit Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and The Greenwich Department of Parks and Recreation.
On Saturday, the Culinary Village will offer tastings and demonstrations from more than two hundred food, wine, spirits and product vendors. Culinary demonstration tents and stages will house cooking presentations by celebrity chefs and local talent. Guests will also enjoy sommelier presentations, celebrity chef book signings, the fourth annual Burger Battle, the second annual Top Bartender’s Showdown, Barbecue & Bluegrass, and a live musical performance by Little Big Town.
A special ticketed event, Saturday on Stage Dinner, will give 100 guests the chance to enjoy the headliner performance on an elevated stage while enjoying a special dinner, premium liquor, wine and beer. In addition, VIP ticket holders will enjoy a VIP Big Easy Dinner, celebrating the culinary, musical and festive atmosphere of New Orleans. This tented event will feature a traditional Louisiana jazz marching band, the Festival’s Ambassador Chefs serving up signature small plates with a New Orleans Twist, premium liquor, wines and beer, and a private, early-evening concert with the world-renowned band Funky Meters, comprised of Art Neville, Ian Neville, George Porter Jr. and Russell Batiste Jr. VIP ticketholders will also enjoy a premium viewing area for Little Big Town’s performance.
Visit the Greenwich Wine & Food Festival website for more information and updates about the event schedule, participating celebrity and local chefs, musical talent and more. Ticket sales are now open (with the exception of the Thursday evening event) and are available through the website or by calling (203) 588-1363. Make sure to check out the event’s Facebook page, to learn about restaurant participants and schedule updates, as they are announced.