Little Big Town to Perform at Greenwich Wine + Food Festival
The 2019 Greenwich Wine + Food Festival presented by PepsiCo announces Grammy award-winning band Little Big Town as this year’s musical headliner. The 9th annual charitable event, which has donated nearly $1 million to various causes since it began, commences Friday, Sept. 20 with the Master Chef Wine Gala emceed by Gary Dell’Abate (Executive Producer of The Howard Stern Show “Baba Booey”) and Rob Burnett (Five-time Emmy Award-Winning Writer-Director). The experience then unfolds on Saturday, Sept. 21 into a full day of eating, drinking, chef demos, book signings and more, with the weekend closing out with a performance by Little Big Town. The opening band will be announced on June 12.
The Greenwich Wine + Food Festival, located in Roger Sherman Baldwin Park offers ticket holders an up close encounter with nationally-recognized and regional stars of food, wine, spirits and entertainment. From food trucks to fine dining, attendees gain access to some of their favorite food stars while also discovering new regional favorites.
The first round of chef talent includes: Emmy Award-winner Valerie Bertinelli (Food Network’s Valerie’s Home Cooking), Geoffrey Zakarian (Chef/Partner The Lambs Club at The Chatwal and Point Royal at The Diplomat Beach Resort, Co-Host of Food Network’s The Kitchen and Judge on Chopped), Margaret Zakarian (President of Zakarian Hospitality), Marc Murphy (Food Network’s Chopped), David Burtka (Life is a Party cookbook), Jessica Tom (Food Network Star season 14 winner), David Rose (Food Network Star season 13 finalist) and caterer to the stars Mary Giuliani (Mary Giuliani Catering & Events). More will be announced in the coming weeks.
After the intimate Friday night Master Chef Wine Gala showcasing the culinary and music scene of New Orleans, including performances from Grammy award-winning Rebirth Brass Band and Kermit Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers, Saturday features the Culinary Village. This will be home to the Grand Tasting tent, where guests can enjoy tastings and demonstrations from more than 150 of the area’s finest food, wine and spirits experts. Other tents in the Culinary Village will feature the best in burgers, BBQ, tacos and more. Guests will also experience sommelier, mixologist and brew master presentations, celebrity book signings, cooking demos with Special Guest Chefs, a celebrity green room with live interviews and an exclusive Meet the Masters panel discussion.
The 8th Annual Burger Battle will return with David Burtka as this year’s host, as will the 5th Annual Top Bartender Showdown, providing friendly competitions between area restaurants. Additional events include The Tailgate Party and South of the Border Fiesta. The Festival Ambassador Chefs will also prepare a dinner for VIP ticket holders on Saturday at the water’s edge.
Tickets for the event are available via greenwichwineandfood.com or by calling 203-588-1363. Ticket options include the All Weekend Pass ($700), Friday’s Opening Night Master Chef Wine Gala ($275), Saturday All Day Pass ($200) and Saturday VIP Pass ($500). To get on the waitlist for On-Stage and Lawn Dinner Tables, please call 203-588-1363. The festival will benefit Food Rescue US, a national non-profit organization committed to reducing both hunger and food waste across the country.
The Festival weekend will be held rain or shine, and anyone under 21, including infants or strollers, will not be admitted. Pets are also not permitted.