Monday, September 2, 2013

September Wine & Food Festivals in the Northeast by Philip S. Kampe

September Wine and Food Festival in the Northeast by Philip S. Kampe

This is the time of year when grapes are harvested in North America and Europe.
New vintages are in the offing. New wines will evolve.
It is also the time that the northeast is home to numerous wine and food festivals. There are two specific festivals that are wonderful day trips.
The key is to bring along a designated driver, so, you can enjoy the wines that are offered to you.
Next weekend, on Saturday, September 7th and Sunday, September 8th, the Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest takes place at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, N.Y.
This is the Twelfth year of the event which features wines from New York state. At last count, over fifty vineyards will be represented at the festival. The events main focus is to highlight the wonderful wineries that are found in the Hudson Valley and all over New York state.
As a NY Farm market, the Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest offers the wineries the opportunity to sell wine by the bottle, thus offering the consumer the right to purchase wine directly from the winery.
The food part of the Fest features some of the best food produced in the Hudson Valley. Featured are many unique gourmet specialty food vendors. You can find everything from fresh cheese, farm raised meats, salsas, BBQ sauce, pasta, pasta sauce, drink mixes, dip mixes, soup mixes, baked goods, maple syrup, candy, nuts, granola and more.  
In addition, the regions best restaurants and food trucks will be represented. You can purchase tickets to purchase food, priced from $1 to $5 per portion. Also, don’t forget the chefs, who will host cooking demonstrations throughout the weekend.
When: September 7th and 8th (Saturday and Sunday)
Time: Saturday 11am-6pm    Sunday 11am-5pm
Where: Dutchess Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY
Tickets: One day tasting $40  Weekend $70
Designated driver and non-alcoholic admission: One day $22  Weekend $37
12 and under: Free

From September 20th to the 22nd, the Preservation Society of Newport will host the Eighth Annual ‘Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival’. It is considered the most sophisticated festival on the East Coast.
I have attended this festival for the past three years and agree that the wine and food experience is heightened because the ambiance  of the locale. Sampling wine and gourmet food at one of the three Mansions involved, The Marble House, Rosecliff or The Elms adds that special element to the Festival.
Over 500 high-end international wines will be poured at the historic seaside Mansions of Newport, Rhode Island. The Grand Tasting will take place on Saturday & Sunday, September 21st and 22nd, from 12-4pm at the Marble House. More than 100 vintners will participate alongside scrumptious samplings from great restaurants and caterers. There will chef demonstrations, as well as lifestyle exhibiters.
Wine seminars take place throughout the weekend, as well as special events that include:
Wine & Rosecliff (my favorite event) on Friday night, September 20th (7pm); Collectable Wine Dinner at the Elms on Saturday night, September 21st; Newport after Dark on Saturday, September 21st from 9pm-midnight and Sunday Brunch with Chef Alex Guarnaschelli on Sunday, September 22nd from 10:30am to noon.
When: September 20th to 22nd
Where: Newport Mansions, Newport, Rhode Island
Time: Grand Tasting 12-4pm  September 21st & 22nd
Other events at various times on all three days

Philip S. Kampe 

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