Saratoga Wine & Food Festival
Saratoga Performing Arts Center is pleased to present the 18th Annual Saratoga Wine & Food Festival on September 7-9, 2018.
Held in the beautiful Saratoga Spa State Park, the weekend is anchored by four events: an Adirondack Road Tour and Luncheon, Friday’s Fired Up! Grill Competition, Saturday’s Grand Tasting and—for the first time— brunch with Colin Cowie and Todd English. Presented in partnership with the Saratoga Automobile Museum, proceeds from the festival benefit education programming at SPAC and the Museum.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 7
Adirondack Road Tour & Gourmet Luncheon | 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m
This spirited road rally is a professionally led tour winding through the beautiful Adirondack Mountain roads to finish at the historic Lake George Club. Named “The Queen of American Lakes” by none other than Ben Franklin, the surrounding area is stunning with twisty roads, full of elevation changes and scenic views. Gourmet lunch includes quality wines, imported fine foods and good company with fellow automotive enthusiasts.
Event price: $100
Fired Up! Grill Competition featuring Special Guests David Burke & David Ortiz | 7:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.
At Fired Up! Grill Competition, the kick-off event to the weekend’s events at SPAC, chefs from the Capital Region’s finest restaurants will battle it out for the Fired Up! title as guests enjoy great music, gourmet food, BBQ, a cold refreshing Stella Artois, wines and spirits.
Guests will help celebrity judge David Burke, along with 3 more celebrity judges (to be named at a later date), to name the 2018 Saratoga Grill Master by sampling inventive grill-off creations. Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz will also make a special guest appearance at the event.
Event price: $100
David Ortiz Meet and Greet | 7 p.m. – 7:50 p.m.
During the Friday night event, David Ortiz will host a meet and greet for 100 people who will have their pictures taken individually with the baseball hero and receive a signed promotional photograph. This opportunity will be available to the first 100 people who purchase a specially priced Fired Up! ticket at $150. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the David Ortiz Children’s Fund, a charity which funds pediatric services for children in New England and the Dominican Republic.
Event price: $150
Party with Big Papi in VIP Nightclub | 8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Following the private meet and greet, David Ortiz will host a VIP experience in the VIP Nightclub, overlooking the Spa State Park reflecting pool from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event will feature an opportunity to mingle with the baseball legend and other guests while enjoying Arias wines and gourmet hors d’oeuvres. All of the guests will receive an autographed bottle of Arias.
Event price: $200
SATURDAY, SEPT. 8
Grand Tasting | Saturday, Sept 8, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday will showcase the festival’s elegance through an exclusive Bugatti auto display, curated food, wine, events and activities. Guests will have the chance to taste New York’s finest creations and VIP guests can enhance their sommelier skills in the VIP lounge.
The main stage will host speeches, special guest appearances, live music and an “Iron Chef”-styled competition featuring James Beard Award-winning chef, David Burke. Burke will have a presence with a taste of dishes from Tavern62, David Burke Kitchen, and Woodpecker by David Burke.
Cost to attend the Grand Tasting is $100. A VIP Grand Tasting ticket, which allows earlier entry to the Grand Tasting and exclusive access to the VIP area, is available for $175.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 9
Brunch with Colin Cowie & Celebrity Chef Todd English | Sunday, Sept 9, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Colin Cowie and celebrity chef and reality TV star Todd English will co-host a lively, upbeat brunch showcasing Colin’s “five-senses” approach to events including: custom scent consultations, floral and table design examples, lively music by On The Move, and a phenomenal menu with delectable bites and cocktails. A never ending supply of Whispering Angel Rose with specialty cocktails by the Cocktail Architect, Yusef Austin, will be featured for this daytime party with a nighttime vibe.
Event price: $225
Tickets to the events will be on sale beginning on Monday, July 9 at 10 a.m. For more information about the festival, visit spac.org.