Do you like Italian food? How about Italian wines? Got a thing for Italian luxury cars?
If the answer to any of those questions is yes, you’ll want to head to Saratoga this weekend, as SPAC closes their 2010 season with The Wine & Food & Fall Ferrari Festival. Celebrating its 10th year, the festival features celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich, Italian auto designer Andrea Zagato and presenting sponsor The Italian Trade Commission in a series of events over three days celebrating Italy’s excellence in wine, food and automobiles. Proceeds from the event will benefit Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s educational programs.
The centerpiece of the festival – the Grand Tasting and Ferrari Concours on Saturday, September 11 – will feature hundreds of fine Italian and international wines, delicacies from the region’s top chefs, Italian couture, luxury auctions, fascinating seminars and a Ferrari Concours. The Italian Trade Commission will host an Italian Pavilion showcasing the Pure Flavors of Italy with over 30 importers of Italian wines and authentic quality products.
New to the festival schedule in 2010 are two events including the “After Party” sponsored by Ketel One — a post-Grand Tasting event that will offer guests a relaxed lounge atmosphere with gourmet food, spirits and music. Also new is an Italian Sparkling Jazz Brunch at Saratoga National Golf Course featuring an Italian-inspired brunch menu, Italian couture fashion show and live music.
The Italian Trade Commission will host several seminars, including an exploration of Italy’s wines by Kevin Zraly, wine expert, educator and author of the best-selling wine book in the US, Windows on the World Complete Wine Course.
Chef and author Lidia Bastianich will greet festival guests at a book signing for her latest cookbook, Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy: A Feast of 175 Regional Recipes.
Italian achievements in auto design will be on display at the Grand Tasting’s Ferrari Concours presented by the Saratoga Automobile Museum. Dr. Andrea Zagato, President and CEO of the legendary Zagato design company, will headline the event.
Ticket prices for the various events vary, ranging from free for the seminars to $75 for the Grand Tasting/Ferrari Concours. Here’s the complete schedule.
We’re giving away 2 pairs of tickets to Saturday’s Grand Tasting. How can you win? Simple. Just leave a comment below telling us the highlight of your summer. Please leave your email address, too. (We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win.) The winner will be selected at random and notified on Thursday evening. Good luck! (Please note: ticket holders must be over 21 to gain entrance.) Congratulations to Nom de Plume… and -S!