Lidia Bastianich To Headline Saratoga Italian Wine & Food Festival

Posted by Sharon on Aug 23

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What could be more glamorous than a weekend surrounded by the best in Italian cuisine, wine, craftsmanship, and culture?  Such is the Saratoga Wine & Food Festival in Saratoga Springs, NY. The festival will be held September 10-12, 2010, and is presented by the Italian Trade Commission.

This year's featured culinary guest is renowned Italian chef and cookbook author Lidia Bastianich, known for such PBS shows as "Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen" and "Lidia's Table." She will also be on hand to sign copies of her latest cookbook, "Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy: A Feast of 175 Regional Recipes."

Saturday's Grand Tasting and Ferrari Concours is promoted as the main event, which gathers regional chefs to pair their tastings with hundreds of fine Italian wines. The event also features imported Italian cuisine, seminars with wine expert Kevin Zraly, couture fashion collections, luxury auctions, and the presentation of a Ferrari Concours by Andrea Zagato.

Two new after-parties have been included for the 2010 festival.  First is the Ketel One gourmet lounge cocktail party, which will be held immediately after the Grand Tasting. Following this is the Italian Sparkling Jazz Brunch at Saratoga National Golf Course on Sunday, September 12, featuring an Italian brunch surrounded by Italian couture fashions and live jazz.

Tickets and a full schedule of events are available at www.spac.org.

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