Flavorful food and wine festival returns to Greenwich

It’s time to toast and taste this week at the second annual Greenwich 2012 Food + Wine Festival, held at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park from tonight, Oct. 4, to Saturday, Oct. 6.

More than 3,500 attendees are expected to indulge in the festival’s offerings as organizers say they’re attemtping to build upon last year’s success and create a great Greenwich fall tradition. The festival, presented by Serendipity magazine, will include demonstrations, live music, tastings, book signings and plenty more in an effort to raise funds for Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a nationwide organization dedicated to providing healing to children and their families coping with cancer, sickle cell anemia, and other serious illnesses. All money raised at the festival will go directly to the organization.

One of the event’s highlights will be Saturday’s Southern Bash, featuring a beer garden, BBQ pit, Burger Battle and live country and folk music including a performance by the Gregg Allman Band.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun and delicious,” Serendipity founder Suni Unger told the Post.

 

Back by popular demand will also be a number of celebrity chefs including Food Network and reality cooking show stars Ted Allen, Duff Goldman, Graham Elliot, Joe Campanale and many other “foodie favorites” who will provide cooking demonstrations on Saturday in the celebrity chef demo tents, Ms. Unger said.

“We had an amazing response from last year’s participants and several are returning chefs. As word spreads we get more and more people calling to ask how they can be involved,” Ms. Unger added. “We love bringing together favorite famous chefs and giving them a forum to reach local fans.”

Working with the celebrities will be chefs from the festival’s specialty marketplace sponsor, Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market, a gourmet specialty food retailer with a location on East Putnam Avenue.

“Balducci’s is excited to be the celebrities’ ‘sous chefs’ for the day. It will be a great opportunity for our chefs to introduce them to some of the best local produce, meats, and cheeses Greenwich has to offer,” said Fred Brohm, executive vice president and chief strategy officer of the food market.

This is Balducci’s first year serving as specialty marketplace sponsor and “it is important to us to participate in local events and help support the community,” Mr. Brohm said.

“We hope to continue to participate in the festival in the future.”

The food market will showcase a number of its products at the festival in the celebrity chef demo tent and will offer samples from its private label, Balducci’s Own, as a take-home to anyone who stops by the tent.

The festival is meant to be a community builder, according to Ms. Unger.

“We’ve got 6.3 acres of the country’s best chefs, wineries and beer and spirits vendors under one tent,” she said. “Whether you love to cook or just love to eat you’ll have a ball trying new favorites and listening to famous bands,” including Will Hoge, The Felice Brothers, Big Head Todd & The Monsters and the Ian Murray Band.

For an event schedule and ticketing information, visit GreenwichFoodandWine.com

The festival is Oct. 4-6 at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park. Attendees must be 21 or over to attend.

 

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