Westchester Magazine Wine & Food Festival Brings Together Top Restaurants, Chefs, Wines and Much More

by Katie Schlientz
Westchester Magazine Wine & Food Festival

More than 100 restaurants and food trucks and over 150 types of wines, beers and spirits will fill six days of fantastic food and fun during the 9th Annual Westchester Magazine Wine & Food Festival.

The festival draws more than 7,000 people from across the New York Metro area including New York City, Westchester County, Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut. For 2019, Westchester Magazine is gearing up to present the biggest and best Wine & Food Festival yet, with favorites like the Burger & Beer Blast and the Grand Tasting Village joining a notable newcomer this year, the Food Truck Festival.

“Over the past nine years, this event has grown to become the signature food and beverage festival north of New York City,” says Westchester Magazine publisher Sam Wender. “What started as several events spread over two days is now a six-day festival packed with food, wine, chefs, bartenders, wine masters and more!”

Events held during this jam-packed week will not just offer festival-goers a chance to sample some of the best food and beverages Westchester has to offer, but also give them a chance to support two very worthy causes. Benefiting charities are the Westchester Parks Foundation and Feeding Westchester.

Visit www.westchestermagazine.com/winefood for complete details and tickets.


Westchester Magazine Wine & Food Festival Schedule of Events

Salute! A Wine Tasting Tour of Italy

When: Tuesday, June 4th, 5:30-7:30pm

Where: Gigante Restaurant & Bar, Eastchester, NY

Ticket price: $95 in advance, $105 at the door; Ticket + Dinner at Gigante at 8pm: $150 (tax, gratuity and beverages not included)
Benefitting charity:
Westchester Parks Foundation

Enjoy a walk-around tasting of wines from Tuscany, Veneto, Piedmonte, Trentino-Alto Adige, Sicily, and Sardinia, along with savory and sweet Italian bites. There will also be a trio of wine seminars led by wine expert Kevin Zraly and guests have the option to attend a 3-course Italian dinner prepared by Gigante at 8pm.


Taste & Style

When: Wednesday, June 5th, 6-9pm

Where: Savor Westchester at The Westchester (Level 4), White Plains, NY

Ticket price: $30 (includes $25 Simon gift card) Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Be a part of this fun-filled evening featuring delicious bites and drinks, shopping, makeovers and great giveaways. A highlight of the event will be a bartender shake-off, with some of the area’s top mixologists competing to create the night’s best cocktail, hosted by IntoxiKate Kate Schlientz.


Burger & Beer Blast

When: Thursday, June 6th, 6-10pm

Where: Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla, NY

Ticket price: $75 in advance, $85 at the door

Benefitting charity: Westchester Parks Foundation

Westchester’s hottest summer block party is back and better than ever, with 35 restaurants and food trucks, live music plus wine, beer and spirits. Taste the delicious burgers created by top local chefs competing for the coveted Heineken Light Best Burger Award and the ALL NEW Judge’s Choice Award with a panel including yours truly!


Food Truck Festival

When: Friday, June 7th, 6-9pm

Where: Cross County Shopping Center, Yonkers NY

Ticket price: $50 in advance (includes all food and beverages), $60 at the door

Benefitting charity: Feeding Westchester

Grab your all-inclusive ticket to a food truck festival like you’ve never seen before, as some of the best food trucks from across the county come together for a fun-filled night of food, beer, wine and spirits. Games like pop-a-shot basketball, corn hole and Pac-Man, along with live music from The McLean Avenue Band make this night a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.


Winemakers Dinners

When: Friday, June 7th, 6-10pm

Ticket price: $150 (tax and gratuity not included) Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Four of the county’s top restaurants will each host a one-of-a-kind Winemakers Dinner in the restaurant’s private dining room, with exquisite cuisine specifically chosen to complement top vintage wines. Wine masters and chefs will discuss each course and wine during this intimate dinner.

Participating Restaurants & Wineries:

  • Chateau Maris Wine Dinner at RiverMarket Bar & Kitchen, Tarrytown, NY
  • Kermit Lynch Wine Dinner at Crabtree’s Kittle House, Chappaqua, NY
  • Maison Joseph Drouhin Wine Dinner at La Panetiere, Rye, NY
  • Rombauer Vineyards Wine Dinner at X2O Xaviars on the Hudson, Yonkers, NY


Grand Tasting Village

When: Saturday, June 8th, 12-4pm

Where: Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla, NY

Ticket Price: $85 general admission, $95 at the door; Party Line Connoisseurs Tent: $125 in advance, $135 at the door

Benefitting Charity: Westchester Parks Foundation
The signature event of the Wine & Food Festival features tastings from 50+ local restaurants and food trucks and more than 150 wines & spirits, chef demonstrations and wine seminars. Elevate your experience with the Party Line Connoisseurs Tent, which offers exclusive access to top wines and delicious food.


Jr. Chef Experience

When: Sunday, June 9th, 10am-12pm

Where: The Westchester (Level 4), White Plains, NY

Ticket Price: $25 per child (ages 5-12)
Little cooks will take part in hands-on cooking activities and experience a morning of fun at the Jr. Chef Experience. Children can also enjoy cooking demos and grab a photo with Nickelodeon characters. All Junior Chefs will receive a complimentary chef’s hat and apron.

All events except Jr. Chef Experience are 21 and over only. No infants, strollers or dogs will be admitted.

Sponsors for this year’s festival include, Presenting Sponsors: Blue Moon, Harrison Wine Vault, Heineken Light, Mercedes-Benz of White Plains, Party Line Tent Rentals; Platinum Sponsors: 100.7 WHUD, 107.1 The Peak, Ace Endico, Cross County Shopping Center, Empire City Casino, The Journal News, NewYork-Presbyterian, Nickelodeon, Paraco, , SMEG, The Westchester, Westchester County Parks, Westchester Medical Center Health Network; Gold Sponsors: Enormous Creative, The St. Regis Residences Rye, Wine Enthusiast; Silver Sponsors: Chateau d’Esclans, DeCicco & Sons, Fios by Verizon, Josh Cellars, Leros Point to Point, Westchester Community College, Westchester County Tourism & Film, Zwilling Cooking Studio; Bronze Sponsors: Archer Roose, Campari Group, Diplomatico Rum, Dulce Vida, Fever-Tree, Govino, Oasis Day Spa, Peak Alkalinity, Papi, San Benedetto, Southern Tier, Taconic Distillery, The Westchester Bank, White Claw Hard Seltzer, Whistle Pig Rye Whiskey; Supported by: Westchester County Office of Economic Development; Ground Beef Sponsor: Mosner Family Brands; Wine Glass Sponsor: Compass; Burger & Beer Blast Partners: David Lerner Associates, Inc., Doc James Cigar Lounge, Fios by Verizon, Robison; Food Truck Festival Partners: Fios by Verizon, Robison; Event Sponsors: 360 Huguenot, RXR, Sawyer Place.

Visit www.westchestermagazine.com/winefood for complete details, participating restaurants, chefs and ticket sales.

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