Leave it to Kevin Zraly and Sam Remic of the International Wine Masters plus their staff of dedicated volunteers to come up with a brilliant wine and food idea.
Why not create a premier Wine & Food Festival close (90 miles) to Manhattan?.
Why not have the showplace of American historical hotels, the Mohonk Mountain House, host the festival?
Why not invite the leaders of the wine and food industry to show their goods, hold seminars, create wine dinners and stage celebrity chef demonstrations?
After nearly two years of planning, on May 30th, the ‘WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL of NEW PALTZ’’ will begin its inevitable first step to becoming the next major wine and food festival in America.
At the opening ceremonies for the WFFNP (let me be the first to shorten the name), cookbook author, guest seminar host and true supporter of the festival, Lidia Bastianich, rose to the occasion by noting that all of the hard work of the International Wine Masters will pay off, as this venture is sure to become a success and will be one of the ‘Premier Wine & Food Festivals in America’.
So, if I were you, I would pencil in the weekend of May 30th and be the ‘’First To Attend” the ‘Wine & Food Festival of New Pa;tz’. My gut feeling tells me that this will be one of the most successful wine and food festivals in America, on par, in the near future with Aspen.
Here’s the line-up, which is better explained on the festival’s website: www.InternationalWineMasters.com
30 May Friday
4pm Wine Seminar
5:30pm Welcome Cocktail Reception
6pm Live and Silent Auction
11am-noon Press & Trade Grand Tasting
12-5:30pm Culinary Chef Demonstrations
Wine & Food Seminars
Organic & Slow Food Cuisine
Wine & Mixology Competition
VIP & Celebrity Appearances
1 June Sunday
Medal & Award Announcements
Rising Stars/New Trends
Country Chef & Wine
Isn’t it time to plan to attend the Wine & Food Festival of New Paltz?
A word to the wise, don't miss the cooking demonstration of Abruzzo's Celebrity Chef,
the most personable and vibrant, Rosanna Di Michele.
Overnight Reservations for Mohonk Mountain House, call 888-976-0785
The Hotline for the event: 646-527-9500
Philip S. Kampe