Westchester Magazine’s Wine and Food Festival is a full weekend of gourmet fun. There are so many events and features, though, that eating and drinking your way through the four-day extravaganza is a little daunting.
Food lovers are nothing if not strategic, so we’ve come up with a guide for what to eat, when and how at the 2015 Westchester Magazine Wine and Food Festival. For tickets and event details, visit westchestermagazine.com.
Wednesday, June 3
1. Wine by Kathie Lee Gifford. The television host will be on hand at Bloomingdale’s for a meet-and-greet and wine tasting featuring her own Gifft Wines. The first 75 shoppers to spend $250 or more will receive two tickets to Westchester Magazine’s Burger and Beer Blast on Thursday.
2. The best burger in Westchester. There are 30 confirmed restaurants competing at the Burger and Beer Blast. Peter X. Kelly is the defending champion, but this year we are looking forward to tasting sliders from Piper’s Kilt in Eastchester, POW! Burger in New Rochelle, Dan Rooney’s in Yonkers and Cedar Street Grill in Dobbs Ferry.
3. Food truck fare. Need a palate cleanser after all those burgers? Dave DiBari will be there with his charred and cheesy pies from the DoughNation pizza truck, along with the new Walter’s Hot Dog truck and the Souvlaki Truck from Yonkers.
4. Award-winning craft beer. Captain Lawrence Brewery runs the taps at this the Burger and Beer Blast, and will be pouring several of their nationally recognized craft brews.
Friday, June 5
5. Maple smoked pig heads. If there is one dish that describes the inventive, pork-centric dishes coming out of The Cookery’s kitchen every night, this is it, and it’s served with horse sausages and doughnuts. Available at An Evening with Westchester’s Tastemakers.
6. Lemon gnocchi. Scott Fratangelo, of L’Inizio in Ardsley, works wonders with gnocchi and some form of it always seems to find its way onto his evolving, seasonal menu. This one looks like a perfect example of what he does best, served with with English peas, pickled ramps and crispy prosciutto. Available at An Evening with Westchester’s Tastemakers.
7. World class wines, paired to each dish. At An Evening with Westchester’s Tastemakers, Zachys of Scarsdale will provide wines paired with each dish prepared by the chefs. This event will highlight the best wines from all regions around the world and proceeds benefit the Food Bank for Westchester.
Saturday, June 6
8. Hudson Valley vegetables, meats, cheeses and baked goods. At the mini-farmers market, vendors such as John Boy’s Market, Plum Plum’s Cheese, DoReMe Farms, Larchmont Charcuterie and Meredith’s Bakery will sell local goods.
9. An abundant farm-to-Kensico Dam Plaza spread. The Grand Tasting Village will feature more than 40 restaurants and their chefs serving locally sourced products from the Hudson Valley. Farm-to-table restaurateurs will also perform live cooking demos: Rafael Palomino (Sonora, Port Chester), Peter X. Kelly (Xaviars Restaurants), Leslie Lampert (Café of Love) and Bruno DiFabio (Amore Cucina).
10. Kid-friendly cuisine. If you have a budding foodie or aspiring Master Chef Junior on your hands, swing by the Jr. Chefs Kids Academy at The Ritz-Carlton Westchester where they can sharpen their kitchen chops in fun demos alongside local pros.
Find more event details and purchase tickets at westchestermagazine.com/wineandfood.