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Saratoga Wine & Food Festival
The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is pleased to present the 17th Annual Saratoga Wine & Food Festival and Concours D’Elegance, taking place September 8-9, 2017. Over the course of the weekend, patrons will indulge in a variety of premier wines, spirits and exhibitors from across the country, all while enjoying mouthwatering cuisine from some of the finest restaurants in the Capital Region.
This year's festival will also feature a special guest appearance by Boston Red Sox baseball legend David Ortiz, who will be participating in the events on Friday.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 8
Adirondack Road Tour & Gourmet Luncheon | 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
This spirited 1 ½ hour, professionally-led road rally for auto collectors winds through beautiful Adirondack roads to finish at the historic Lake George Club, where a delicious cocktail reception and three course wine-paired luncheon will be served. Event price: $100.
Fired Up! Grill Competition featuring Special Guest David Ortiz | 7:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.
At Fired UP! Presented by Stella Artois and Certified Angus Beef 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.
Ultimately, guests will sample the inventive grill-off creations, helping judges to name the 2017 Saratoga Grill Master. Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz will make a special guest appearance at the event.
The event is held under an oversized tent on SPAC’s lawn. Event price: $85
Local restaurants featured at Fired UP! will include: 15 Church, Ama Cocina, Angelo’s 677 Prime, Campagna Restaurant, [Forged], Henry Street Taproom, Morrissey, Salt & Char.
David Ortiz Meet and Greet | 7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
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 of $135, which includes a $50 donation to the David Ortiz Children’s Fund. Event price: $135
“Big Papi’s Arias Wine & Cigar Bar” | 8:30 p.m. -10 p.m.
David Ortiz will host a VIP experience for 100 people that will take place in the Hall of Springs Jazz Bar 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, gourmet hors d’oeuvres and cigars. All of the guests will receive an autographed bottle of Arias. A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the David Ortiz Children’s Fund. Event price: $175
SATURDAY, SEPT. 9
Grand Tasting and Concours D’Elegance | 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday’s Grand Tasting and Concours D’Elegance event is centered on unparalleled wines, spirits, local foods, and the region’s top restaurants. All guests will have the opportunity to savor exquisite foods created by more than 20 chefs in the Capital Region; a mystery wall, and cocktails, wine and beer. In addition, The Saratoga Automobile Museum will present a show of luxury collector cars including classes of Shelby Cobra, Porsche, Lancia, Maserati, Ferrari, Lamborghini, among others. Event price: $85.
A VIP Grant Tasting ticket, which allows earlier entry to the Grand Tasting and exclusive access to the VIP area, is available for $175.
Local restaurants featured at the Grand Tasting will include: Ama Cocina, Adam Humphrey/ Harvey’s Restaurant, Barcelona, Campagna Restaurant, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Friends Lake Inn, [Forged], Henry Street Taproom, IL Faro Restaurant, Jacob & Anthony’s American Grille, Karavalli Saratoga, Prime at Saratoga National, Simpson’s at the Desmond Hotel, Sperry’s Restaurant, The Brook Tavern, The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Three Vines Bistro, Wings Over Saratoga.
Photos provided by SPAC