Wine + Food Festival to Welcome Back Alex Guarnaschelli, Scott Conant

Alex Guarnaschelli. Contributed photo

Alex Guarnaschelli. Contributed photo

The Greenwich Wine + Food Festival will return for its eighth year, hosting a Master Chef Wine Dinner on Friday, September 21 and a full day of food, drinks, music and fun on Saturday, September 22 at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich.

This year, the fourth annual Serendipity Golf Classic presented by Pure Leaf, to be held June 12, and the inaugural Serendipity Fun Run presented by Aquafina, to be held on May 13, will also fall under the Greenwich Wine + Food flagship brand.

“After seven successful years of hosting the festival weekend, we’re excited to expand the event this year to also include our annual golf outing and first-ever family run,” said Suni Unger, founder and CEO of Unger Media, the parent company behind Greenwich Wine + Food and Serendipity. “Also new this year, we’re proud to announce PepsiCo and two of its brands – Aquafina and Pure Leaf – as presenting sponsors of these three events. Their dedication to the community mirrors our own. Our mission for Greenwich Wine + Food remains to strengthen our community’s non-profit partners, local businesses and renowned food culture. This year, the money we raise will benefit Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and the Town of Greenwich Parks & Recreation Foundation.”

The Greenwich Wine + Food Festival will honor Alex Guarnaschelli at the Friday night Master Chef Wine Dinner, and welcome Scott Conant as a special guest, as well as provide live musical entertainment (TBA). Guarnaschelli is a Food Network star (“Chopped,” “Iron Chef”), cookbook author and New York City chef/restaurateur (Butter, The Darby).

“Alex has been a favorite celebrity guest at our Saturday event the past three years, conducting demos, sharing stories in the greenroom and signing cookbooks for fans. We are ecstatic to be recognizing her as an iconic female chef in the culinary world, throughout this year’s festival weekend,” added Unger.  “Friday evening will also honor this year’s class of 2018 Serendipity Most Innovative Chefs, continuing our tradition of identifying the top culinary talent in Connecticut and New York….and of course, we’re thrilled to welcome last year’s honoree, Scott Conant, back to meet our guests and enjoy the evening!”

Saturday’s events take place in the Culinary Village, with the Grand Tasting tent at the heart of the festival. Guests will enjoy tastings and demonstrations from more than 150+ of the area’s finest food, wine, spirits experts, as well as other tents celebrating burgers, BBQ, tacos and more. They will also experience sommelier, mixologist and brew master presentations, celebrity book signings, Q&A sessions with top culinary experts, a celebrity green room with live interviews and an exclusive Meet the Masters’ Panel discussion with Scott Conant, Alex Guarnaschelli and more (TBA). The 7th Annual Burger Battle will return, as will the 4th Annual Top Bartender Showdown, providing heated competition between area restaurants. The festival will come to a close with a headlining live musical performance (TBA).

Tickets for the Festival All Weekend Pass, Friday’s Master Chef Wine Dinner, Saturday All Day Pass (General & VIP) and more will be available in the coming weeks via www.greenwichwineandfood.com or by calling 203.588.1363.

The festival weekend will be held rain or shine, and anyone under 21, including infants or strollers, will not be admitted. Animals are also not permitted.

The inaugural Serendipity Fun Run presented by Aquafina will celebrate Greenwich’s beautiful parks on Sunday, May 13 at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. The 5k run/walk will begin at 9:00am welcoming participants of all ages, and will offer food trucks, prizes and family fun, all to benefit Greenwich Parks & Recreation Foundation. To register for this event, visit www.greenwichwineandfood.com.

The fourth annual Serendipity Golf Classic presented by Pure Leaf will take place Tuesday, June 12 at the GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford Hills, New York. The event will kick off with an early lunch, and include a round of 18 holes, exclusive gifts and prizes, an auction, wrap-up dinner and live music, to support Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. To register as an individual or team, visit www.greenwichwineandfood.com.