New Food & Wine Festival Coming to Our Area

Festival Founder Rich Baumer
Festival Founder Rich Baumer

The Southern Westchester Food and Wine Festival is coming to the village of Scarsdale on September 22, 2013 showcasing an extraordinary presentation of gourmet foods and wines to tantalize your tastebuds. The Festival features a tasting Village, showcasing samples of signature dishes from the best restaurants, caterers and bakers in Southern Westchester along with a variety of other entertainment.

Sponsors include 2013 presenting sponsors Pepe Infiniti and The Journal News, plus The Dannon Group, Zachys Wine and Liquor, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, Polar Water and Seltzer, Container Store, Wilson & Son’s Jewelers, Morgan Stanley, Scarsdale Medical Group, Viking Range and many Westchester Food and Beverage establishments.

“We tried to create something fun to bring the whole family together to enjoy the amazing food & wine choices available right here in the Hudson Valley, while supporting our local community and great charitable organizations” said Rich Baumer, Founder and Producer of Southern Westchester Food and Wine Festival. 

Tanya Wenman Steel, Editor in Chief of Epicurious and Gourmet.com Mistress of Ceremonies said, “I am excited to be the mistress of ceremonies for the SoWe (Southern Westchester) Food & Wine Festival. I've lived in the county for a decade now, and am so impressed by the ever rising quality and quantity of good food stores, bakeries, wine stores, diners, farmer's markets, and restaurants available in beautiful Westchester. I look forward to meeting local food lovers and trying the best the county has to offer.”

There will be cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs, live music by The B Street Band, a kid’s zone with healthy snacks and activities, product displays, book signings and more. While admission to the festival is free, attendees sampling food and wine must purchase tickets, either online at www.sowefwf.comoron the day of the event. The streets in Scarsdale Village will be fully tented, curb to curb, so all activities will go on as scheduled, rain or shine.

This year celebrity chef attendees include Chef David Burke, Rafael Palomino, David Dibari, Nisa Lee, and Ken Arnone. Missy Chase Lapine, plus other top Westchester chefs.

"Our headquarters is in Westchester and Dannon has been an active member of the Southern Westchester community for more than 25 years, so naturally we are very excited to be a leading supporter of the Southern Westchester Food & Wine Festival.  As the leading maker of yogurt in the USA, we are committed to great food and are looking forward to sharing samples of ours with attendees on September 22." said Michael J. Neuwirth, Senior Director of Public Relations, The Dannon Company.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the following charities: The Food Bank for Westchester, WhyHunger, Don Bosco Community Center and Greyston Bakery.

The preceding story was written by Karen Hertz from Squeaky Wheel Promotions.




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