Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival: 9/24-9/26

Celebrity chefs from the Food Network and American Public Television, exclusive wines from around the world and fabulous food from the region’s best restaurants make the 5th annual Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival the place to be from September 24-26. Sponsored by Food & Wine, the Festival takes place in one of America’s most picturesque settings—the historic Newport Mansions, Rosecliff and Marble House, in the seaside resort of Newport, Rhode Island.

The Festival will showcase more than 500 high-end international wines, fabulous food and cooking demonstrations by celebrated chefs, a Sunday jazz brunch, live and silent auctions, and a gala celebration. More than 100 of the world's finest vintners, and nearly two dozen of New England's finest restaurants and caterers will be featured.

Highlights of the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival include cooking demonstrations by Chris Cosentino of Food Network's “Chefs vs. City” and Incanto Restaurant in San Francisco, David Burke of David Burke’s Prime, and Nick Stellino, Rachel Allen and Christina Pirello of American Public Television and Create TV, as well as seminars led by industry experts such as Ray Isle of Food & Wine and Leslie Sbrocco of Thirsty Girl. Additional celebrity guests include Annie Copps of Yankee, Roseann Tully of Intermezzo, and noted viniculture artist Thomas Arvid, who will be creating one of his unique wine-themed paintings during the Festival.

Tickets to this weekend of fine wine and food are on sale now, and may be purchased at www.NewportMansionsWineAndFood.org or by calling 401-847-1000, ext. 140. Special pricing is available on tickets purchased before September 17.

The Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival features an all-inclusive Grand Tasting at Marble House on Saturday and Sunday, September 25-26, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. A single admission price includes samplings of wines from around the world, small plate tastings of exciting dishes from regional restaurants and caterers, cooking demonstrations by our celebrity chefs, a souvenir glass, tote bag, and free parking and shuttle transportation to/from Marble House. Upon arrival, guests will also have the opportunity to tour the first floor of this historic mansion, which was the most opulent house in America when it was built in 1892.

The weekend’s festivities will begin on Friday, September 24, with the lavishly upscale Wine & Rosecliff Gala, where guests will delight in the “Meet the Chefs” theme that allows for intimate encounters with the Festival’s celebrity chefs, showcasing their recipes and delightful culinary creations paired with exquisite special vintages uncorked exclusively for the evening.

The Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival also includes a Jazz Brunch on Sunday morning, September 26 at 11:00 a.m. on the terrace of Marble House.

All proceeds from the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival benefit The Preservation Society of Newport County, a non-profit organization accredited by the American Association of Museums and dedicated to preserving and interpreting the area’s historic architecture, landscapes and decorative arts. Its’ 11 historic properties—seven of them National Historic Landmarks—span more than 250 years of American architectural and social development

The Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival is also sponsored by Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, Infiniti, American Public Television, Create TV, Rhode Island PBS, Dave’s Marketplace, Dasani, Intermezzo, Rhone Valley Wines, Loire Valley Wines, Travelocity, Clarke, Alaska Seafood, Stella Artois, Thirsty Girl, Yankee, Hyatt Regency Newport, and Hotel Viking Newport.

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