Food + Wine Festival declared a gourmet treat

Steven Laitmon, at right, hands out samples of the all natural, organic cookies baked by Nothin’ But Premium Foods to Jerry Fuentes and Nathalie Hazan. — John Ferris Robben photo

Steven Laitmon, at right, hands out samples of the all natural, organic cookies baked by Nothin’ But Premium Foods to Jerry Fuentes and Nathalie Hazan.
— John Ferris Robben photo

Greenwich had a chance to feast, and it made the most of it, packing Roger Sherman Baldwin park for three days of the third annual Greenwich Wine + Food Festival.

Everyone from culinary celebrities right off Top Chef and the Food Network to beloved local restaurants took place in the festivities, with proceeds donated to the Hole in the Wall Gang, which provides help to children and their families dealing with serious illnesses. People just looking to fill their empty stomachs came to the event as food, wine and music filled the area with Long Island Sound as the backdrop.

According to event organizers, 450 people attended on Friday night and more than 3,500 for Saturday’s festivities.

Wine tastings were held and beer flowed for those looking for some intoxicating beverages, and Pepsi was on hand with soda and water as well. Delicacies ranging from gourmet dishes from the area’s top restaurants to popular comfort food from Greenwich’s Bobby Q’s Pit Stop and My Favorite Place were available for all to enjoy. Vendors filled the main tent on Saturday, offering food and drink for every appetite at what is known as the Culinary Village.

But the event wasn’t just about eating and drinking. People also had to bring some new skills into their own kitchens. There were demonstrations and seminars with cooking luminaries ranging from Ray Lampe, aka Dr. BBQ, Duff Goldman from the Ace of Cakes, and Graham Elliott from MasterChef, who is about to open his newest restaurant in town.

There was also music and a display of luxury automobiles from Miller Motorcars at the festival, which was sponsored again by Serendipity magazine. Suni Unger, publisher of Serendipity, called the event a huge success.

“Every year we connect people from Westchester and Fairfield counties, Manhattan and beyond, with celebrity and local chefs, restaurants, wine and beer vendors, musicians and more at the beautiful Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in downtown Greenwich,” Ms. Unger said.

Post photographer John Ferris Robben made the scene at the festival, and more images will be available online at Greenwich-post.com on Monday.

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