SPAC to Host Annual Wine and Food Fest October 4 & 5

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Saratoga Performing Arts Center announced that its Saratoga Wine and Food Festival will return for the harvest season on October 4-5 with a focus on sustainable culinary practices and cultural experiences.

Celebrating the bounty and talent of the region from the Hudson Valley to the Adirondacks, the destination event will feature a new farm-to-table dinner centering around the theme of “Forest Magic.” The 2019 festival will feature live music curated by Caffè Lena, sculptures by The Hyde Collection, photography by Terri-Lynn Pellegri, food tastings and culinary talent curated by John Sconzo of Rascal & Thorn and Kim Klopstock of Lily and the Rose, chef demonstrations on sustainability, VIP experiences, and design by Colin Cowie Lifestyle.

Presented annually at the end of its classical season, the Saratoga Wine and Food Festival is an epicurean showcase featuring two days of gourmet events highlighting fine international wines, innovative chef-prepared menus, cooking demonstrations, and wine seminars, tastings, and art and performance.

“Our region is blessed with extraordinary cultural richness and a bounty of culinary and artistic talent. The 2019 Wine and Food Festival will explore the importance of sustaining the richness of the region while celebrating those local farmers, chefs, and artists who have been so committed to caring for our environment. A special thanks to our partners at Caffè Lena, The Hyde Collection, Terri-Lynn Pellegri, Rascal & Thorn, Lily and the Rose, and Mazzone Hospitality for bringing their expertise and artistry to this year’s festival.”

Italian antipasti wine snacks set. Cheese variety, Mediterranean olives, pickles, Prosciutto di Parma, tomatoes, artichokes and wine in glasses over black grunge background

Curated in partnership with Skidmore College, a weeklong Cultivate Series will lead up to the festival offering a diverse collection of free events throughout Saratoga Springs. Aimed at deepening the festival’s exploration of sustainability, this series will bring together the community with local experts in sustainable agriculture, health, and environmental justice.

All proceeds from the festival directly benefit educational programming at SPAC, which has gone from serving 5,000 students to more than 38,000 students in 2018.SPAC has announced its goal to double that amount by 2020 with several new and expanded program offerings. 

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