Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest September 7 & 8, 2013
In addition, the festival will feature live music and other entertainment, along with educational cooking and wine tasting seminars by Chef Vincent Tropepe, Chef Peter Kelly, and Certified Wine Specialist Debbie Gioquindo.
“It is really extraordinary when you think about the fact that in lieu of spending thousands of dollars to travel to a regional wine trail for a few days, you can come to the Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest and experience fine wine, specialty foods, and incredible craft beer, along with entertainment and demos by celebrity chefs, all at one location, far more than you could ever pack into a wine vacation itinerary, all right here in the gorgeous Hudson Valley. Our attendees even get the unique experience of talking directly to those who are producing the wine and beer, which is really pretty special, and we have over 1000 wines and craft beers represented, so we really offer a robust opportunity for our guests,” stated Michael Babcock, President of WineRacks.com and producer of the Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest.
The addition of the microbrewery component to the event is brand new this year, due to recent legislation passed after Babcock and his industry colleagues lobbied tirelessly for support of the craft breweries. The new legislation encourages the use of locally-grown ingredients, awarding brewers by giving them license as a “farm brewery” if 20% or more of their ingredients come from New York State, which makes it much easier for them to sell their New York labeled beer at a festival like the Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest. The Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest will feature New York and regional craft beer.
MaryKay Vrba, Executive Director of Dutchess County Tourism, said “the new legislation will no doubt serve as an engine for continued growth of the tourism industry in New York State. We are thrilled to know that microbreweries can now participate in the Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest and similar events, as there is a tremendous interest in craft beers and this component of the festival will help draw even greater crowds to the Hudson Valley for the experience.”
Also new to this year’s event are the food trucks, allowing guests to taste everything form exotic foods such as eel to gourmet sliders. A recent National Restaurant Association survey (2011) found that 59% of consumers say that they would love to experience a food truck if their favorite restaurant offered one. The Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest will feature about a dozen food trucks in addition to the dozens of restaurants and specialty food vendors who will be represented.
Tasting tickets, which include one wine glass and unlimited wine, cost $40 per day or $70 for the weekend. Regular admission tickets, which do not include wine tastings, cost $22 per day or $37 for the weekend. Tickets and information on the Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest are available online at hudsonvalleywinefest.com or by calling 845.658.7181. AAA members receive discount by using coupon code HVWINEFESTAAA at checkout.