While the end of summer has us feeling a little wistful, one date in our September calendar always gets us excited to welcome fall; the annual Greenwich Wine + Food Festival.

This year, the 2018 Greenwich Wine + Food Festival, presented by PepsiCo will welcome music superstar Tim McGraw to the festival. The iconic performer will headline the festivities on Saturday, September 22 at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich and his performance will cap the eighth annual event – which will be held on September 21 and 22. And if that’s not enough of a reason to kick off your shoes, the line up of culinary giants will do the trick; the event will feature appearances by culinary celebrities Daniel Boulud, Scott Conant, Mary Giuliani, Alex Guarnaschelli and Adam Richman.

This year’s honored chefs (see complete list at the end), in addition to Festival Ambassador Chefs, will prepare their gourmet cuisine at the Opening Night Master Chef Wine Dinner. The dinner will honor special guest Alex Guarnaschelli, who will be celebrated for her innovation and contributions to the culinary world.

On Saturday, enjoy tastings and demonstrations at the Culinary Village, which is home to the Grand Tasting tent with more than 150 of the area’s finest food, wine and spirits experts. Other tents in the Culinary Village will feature the best in burgers, BBQ, tacos and more. Experience sommelier, mixologist and brew master presentations, celebrity book signings, Q&A sessions and cooking demos with top culinary experts, a celebrity green room with live interviews and an exclusive Meet the Masters’ Panel discussion. 

The 7th Annual Burger Battle will return, as will the 4th Annual Top Bartender Showdown, providing heated competition between area restaurants.  Ambassador Chefs will also prepare an exceptional dinner for VIP ticket holders on Saturday.

It was recently announced that the event will be honoring Greenwich couple Elizabeth and Traver Hutchins with the “”MMRF Spirit of Hope Award” at the festival’s Master Chef Wine Dinner on Friday, 9/21 for their commitment and support of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

In keeping with the local spirit of the event – Greenwich-resident Kathie Lee Gifford, newly-minted Next Food Network Star Christian Petroni (Fortina) and Singer-Songwriter (and Greenwich native) Caroline Jones have been added to the talent line-up.

ABOUT THE GREENWICH WINE + FOOD FESTIVAL

The Greenwich 2018 Wine + Food Festival presented by PepsiCo is a multi-day event celebrating the area’s rich culinary landscape and showcasing innovation in the food and beverage industries. It will benefit multiple charitable organizations including the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, the Town of Greenwich Parks & Recreation Foundation and Ment’or. Sponsors to date include 90+ Cellars, Budweiser, Coldwell Banker, Compass, Delamar, Don Julio, Empire City Casino, Filippo Berio, Hospital For Special Surgery, Hotel Zero Degrees, Jameson, Jeep, Kerry Gold, Ketel One, Kim Crawford, Lifewtr, Meiomi, New York Post, NuKitchens, Pepsi Zero, PepsiCo, Pure Leaf Iced Tea, Rudy’s Executive Transportation, Ruffino, Serendipity, Stamford Marriott, Stella Artois, Unger Media, Westy Self Storage, Whistle Pig Rye Whiskey and Whole Foods.* 

This year’s honorees include:

The event will also honor the 2018 Serendipity Most Innovative Chefs – nine Connecticut and New York chefs recognized for their creativity, passion and expertise in culinary arts. This year’s class (*as of 6/29) includes:

  • Ben Pope, Mr. Koo’s Kitchen, Irvington, NY
  • Ben Freemole, The Tavern at Gray Barns, Norwalk, CT
  • Julio Genao, Prime Stamford, Stamford, CT
  • Cedric Lamouille, Bistro V, Greenwich, CT
  • Susanne Berne, Bianco Rosso, Wilton, CT
  • Jay LeBlanc, Knot Norm’s Catering Co., Norwalk, CT
  • Armando Sanchez, Washington Prime, Norwalk, CT
  • Antonio Selendic, Dubrovnik, New Rochelle, NY
  • Brad Stewart, Flinders Lane, Stamford, CT

For more information, visit www.greenwichwineandfood.com, or the event’s social media channels:  Twitter (@GWFF2017), Facebook (@Greenwichwineandfoodfestival) and Instagram (@greenwichwineandfood).

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