The three day event takes place Thursday, Sept. 24– Sat., Sept. 26 at the Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich.
The festival will feature a Dinner Under the Stars on Thursday, the Most Innovative Chefs Gala on Friday and the Culinary Village, featuring Little Big Town’s performance, on Saturday.
“Our fifth year is positioned to be our best year yet, celebrating food, community, charity, culture and music,” said Suni Unger, Serendipity publisher in a release. “I couldn’t be more excited to already have over 100 local restaurants and vendors committed to this year’s event.”
Unger said there is also a new Thursday evening kick-off event, and Grammy and Country Music Award winner’s Little Big Town who will close out the weekend.
The official weekend kickoff on Thursday evening brings the first Dinner Under the Stars to the festival. This intimate event will accommodate 60 guests to enjoy a five-course dinner, accompanied by awarded select wines.
The Most Innovative Chefs Gala on Friday evening will feature the 2015 Most Innovative Chef winners from restaurants across Fairfield and Westchester Counties serving an incredible tasting menu. The evening will also include elite wines, premium liquor, an exclusive auction and a live musical performance.
Culinary Village. On Saturday, the Culinary Village, the center of the entire GREENWICH 2015 WINE+FOOD FESTIVAL, will offer tastings and demonstrations from more than 200 food, wine, spirits and product vendors.
In 2014 Greenwich’s successful newcomer, Little Pub was on hand to sample their delicious bruschetta. While the restaurant also offers a delicious variation with artichokes and capers, on Saturday, the Grabes sent over bruschetta featuring Granny Smith apples, Butternut Squash in a brown sugar cinnamon sauce with a rosemary and herb goat cheese spread with a balsamic glaze.
Other popular Greenwich restaurants and shops that participated included Green & Tonic, Morello, Green & Tonic, Greenwich Cheese Shop.
Culinary demonstration tents and stages will house cooking presentations by celebrity chefs and local talent. Guests will also enjoy sommelier presentations, celebrity chef book signings, the fourth annual Burger Battle, the second annual Top Bartender’s Showdown, Barbecue & Bluegrass, and a live musical performance by Little Big Town.
A special ticketed event, Saturday on Stage Dinner, will give 100 guests the chance to enjoy the headliner performance on an elevated stage while enjoying a special dinner (chef TBA), premium liquor, wine and beer.
In addition, VIP ticket holders will enjoy a VIP Big Easy Dinner, celebrating the culinary, musical and festive atmosphere of New Orleans. This tented event will feature a traditional Louisiana jazz marching band, the Festival’s Ambassador Chefs serving up signature small plates with a New Orleans Twist, premium liquor, wines and beer, and a private, early-evening concert with the world-renowned band Funky Meters, comprised of Art Neville, Ian Neville, George Porter Jr. and Russell Batiste Jr. VIP ticketholders will also enjoy a premium viewing area for Little Big Town’s performance.
Visit www.greenwichwineandfood.com for more information and updates about the event schedule, participating celebrity and local chefs, musical talent and more. Ticket sales are now open (with the exception of the Thursday evening event) and are available through www.greenwichwineandfood.com or by calling 203.588.1363. The event’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/GreenwichwinefoodFestival, will be announcing restaurant participants and schedule updates, as available.
The event will be held rain or shine, and anyone under 21, including infants or strollers, will not be admitted. Animals are also not permitted.
The GREENWICH 2015 WINE+FOOD FESTIVAL is a three-day event that benefits The 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, as well as The Greenwich Department of Parks and Recreation. The festival is hosted by Serendipity magazine, in conjunction with other event sponsors.