Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, means to most of us, music, opera, piano concertos, popular artist concerts, scenic beauty and on July 4th, James Taylor.
Tanglewood is located in western Massachusetts, known to locals and visitors as the ‘Berkshires’. Located two plus hours from Boston and under three from Manhattan, Tanglewood lies in the historical, quaint town of Lenox.
This year, from August 13th to 16th, Tanglewood means more than just music. Tanglewood , besides the musical program will be the home of the ‘Tanglewood Wine & Food Classic’.
Luminaries will lead seminars, tastings and wine dinners within the bucolic Tanglewood setting.
The four-day schedule is designed specifically for the consumer to learn about food and wine. Experts and world-renowned chefs will educate the attendees.
If there is ever a week to support Tanglewood, this is the week. This is the 10th year of this amazing event.
All of the events take place on the grounds of Tanglewood. Attendance is limited.
Why not attend the wine and food events and afterwards take in a concert at the Shed or Ozawa Hall.
The signature event (as always) is the Grand Tasting at the Hawthorne Tent ($90), which takes place on Saturday, August 15th,, from high 12-3pm in the afternoon.
Hundreds of wines from around the world are featured with cooking demonstrations from locally sourced food.
Opening this great schedule of events is ‘The Best of the Berkshires Wine Dinner (Hawthorne Tent) ($195) from 4:30-7:45pm on Thursday, August 13th. Seating is limited. The event begins with a cocktail reception, followed by a three course dinner made by local chefs with local ingredients and paired with Frog’s Leap wines presented by Howard Imber.
If you opt for a wine and cheese reception on August 13th, go to Highwood Manor House from 6-7:45pm and partake in the revelry ($60).
Friday, August 14th will be an exciting evening at Seranak.. A wine dinner (5:30-8pm), hosted by Cain winemaker, Chris Howell will feature his wines paired with the innovative cooking of Chef David Becker ($195) Alternatively, from 6-8pm, the Hawthorne Tent Cooking Stage Demo area will light up with a charcuterie throw down and wine pairing ($65).
And then comes Saturday, August 15th, which is what I believe is the “Best Wine and Food Day of the Year in the Berkshires”. Tanglewood comes alive with the not to be missed Grand Tasting. Sample hundreds of wines, gourmet food and cooking demonstrations from 12-3pm ($90)
If the Grand Tasting is not enough for your palate, why not attend the ever so popular
Rose & Petanque Provencal event from 3:30-5:30pm ($55)
Sunday is not the day of rest. Enjoy a festival ending ambrosia brunch, hosted by Chef Eric Brennan at Seranak from 10-12:30pm.($75) After brunch, partake in the festival ending(1-2pm) Riedl wine glassware, Miner wines and Lindt Chocolate event ($75) at the Hawthorne Tent.
For tickets to any or all of the events, call 888-266-1200 or visit www.Tanglewoodwineandfoodclassic.com