Last call for East Coast Food & Wine Festival

LogoYou’ll want to purchase advance tickets for this don’t-miss event taking place June 26 and 27!

Attendees at the East Coast Food & Wine Festival will sample dishes prepared with locally grown vegetables, fruits, seafood, chicken, meats and more, dished up by some of the most exciting chefs in the State and complimented by award-winning New Jersey wines.

Restaurants include Brother’s Moon ( Hopewell ), High Street Grill ( Mt. Holly ), Matt’s Red Rooster Grill (Flemington) and Tre Piani ( Princeton Forrestal Village ).

There will also be cheese platters from Cherry Grove Farm, gelato from Bent Spoon, and desserts from The Little Pastry Shop, Grandma Clara’s Cheesecakes and Simply Nic’s sweet and savory shortbread bars.

Attendees will pair the food with the award-winning wines from host Hopewell Valley Vineyards, Alba Vineyard, Unionville Vineyards, Cape May Winery, and Laurita Vineyards.

A popular feature of the East Coast Food & Wine Festival is the Farmer’s Market, where attendees can purchase locally made cheeses, produce, chocolates, honey, alpaca products, home made soaps, and more – all grown and/or produced in the Garden State — to enjoy at the festival or to take home with them.

What sets this event apart from others is the focus on education. There are cooking demonstrations, wine presentations, cook book authors, winery tours and much, much more.

Speakers for 2010 include TV and Radio Chef Michael Colameco (Colameco’s Food Show on PBS and WOR-Radio’s Food Talk and author of the Mike Colameco’s Food Lovers Guide to NYC), TV Chef Mary Ann Esposito (Ciao Italia on PBS), TV chef Barbara Seelig-Brown (Stress Free Cooking on PBS), Mimi Woods, Executive Chef, Washington Inn, Cape May, NJ; Wegmans’ Chefs including Cindy Groman, and Peter Genovese, Star Ledger; and wine experts Mark Phillips (Enjoying Wine with Mark Phillips on PBS), Maureen Petrosky (NBC Today Show, judge on The Food Network’s Iron Chef, author of The Wine Club), wine educator Phil Ward (International Riesling Foundation) offering samples of Rieslings from around the country, Dr. Gary Pavlis (Rutgers Cooperative Extension), Zita Keeley (All I Do Is Wine) tasting and seminar on Sparkling Wines, Carlo DeVito (Wineries of the East Coast) and a wine and chocolate pairing and tasting. More information on presenters can be found at http://www.slowfoodandwinefestival.com.

Entrance to all of the cooking demos and wine presentations are included in the entrance fee. Tickets are $35 for a one day ticket purchased in advance (at http://www.slowfoodandwinefestival.com) and $40 at the door; and $55 for a two day ticket purchased in advance and $60 at the door. Tickets include parking, wine tasting, entrance into all the seminars and cooking demos, winery tours, a reusable six bottle bag, and an etched wine glass. Food is available at a nominal fee.

More information on this fun and informative weekend can be found at http://www.slowfoodandwinefestival.com. Here you can find information on lodging, tickets, participating wineries and restaurants, seminar schedules and more.

A portion of the proceeds benefit Share Our Strength which fights childhood hunger.

What: East Coast Food And Wine Festival

When: June 26 & 27, 2010 Noon to 5:00 p.m.

Where: Hopewell Valley Vineyards, 46 Yard Road , Pennington , NJ 08534

For More info: http://www.slowfoodandwinefestival.com/609-890-8188

Contact: info@slowfoodandwinefestival.com or 609-890-8188

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