More than 4,700 food and wine lovers gathered at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park from Sept. 25–27 for the fourth-annual Greenwich Food & Wine Festival—an extravaganza that celebrates Connecticut’s cuisine.
Sponsored by Serendipity, the affair featured an array of culinary bites and demonstrations. The main tent, the Culinary Village, was filled with food, wine and beer tastings from more than 100 local vendors.
There was also a barbecue pit, live music that included performances by the Bacon Brothers and Alabama, celebrity cooking presentations, book signings, a food truck corner and the much-anticipated third-annual burger battle, won by Plan B.
Guests were able to taste bites from their favorite chefs and also see how the magic happens. Anne Burrell taught onlookers how to whip up pan-seared duck and offered samples, while Emma Frisch and Nicole Gaffney demonstrated how to make pumpkin, apple and sage crostini, and spicy pumpkin coconut soup.
Favorite food stations included homemade burrata with mortadella purée, black currant mostarda and pine nuts from Bar Sugo; a creative rendition of deviled eggs topped with candied turkey bacon by Granola Bar; a spicy carrot cake from River House Bar & Grill; and freshly sliced prosciutto ham from Barcelona.
A slew of wine was available, including pours from Shaw Vineyards, Tom Eddy Napa Valley, Carmondy McKnight Estate Wines and SULVA, a Turkish wine.
Other notable happenings included a series of 101 demonstrations. Ryan Fibiger of Saugatuck Craft Butchery showed attendees how to break down half a pig, while Gretchen Thomas, director of wine and spirits for Barcelona and Bartaco, discussed the basics of Spanish wine.
But the highlight of the evening for many was the appearance of Kathy Lee Gifford, who offered tastings of her wine, Gifft.
Proceeds from the festival benefited the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, an organization founded by the late actor Paul Newman dedicated to offering services for ill children.