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Wine & Dine for the Arts at the 2024 Albany Chefs' Food and Wine Festival

Local chefs show off their skills at this three-day food and wine festival to raise money for the arts! The annual Albany Chefs' Food and Wine Festival will take place on Thursday, January 25 through Saturday, January 27, 2024.

crowd at an indoor chef and food festival event

About the Annual Festival

The Albany Chefs' Food and Wine Festival is a special event presented by Bank of America in collaboration with Albany Wine and Dine for the Arts, and the goal is to highlight local restaurants, chefs, and their cuisine. Funds raised from the event support the city's arts organizations.

Throughout the weekend, you will taste top-of-the-line food and wine pairings, and will learn about the impressive art of food and wine preparation with educational seminars.

2024 Schedule Details

Here's what you can expect at the 2024 event:

Mayor’s Reception & Kickoff

Thursday, January 25, 2024 - 5:30pm-7:00pm

Join the Mayor and the Festival Board of Directors for a special reception and kickoff event at Albany City Hall. Attendees can enjoy hors d’oeuvres and wine generously donated by Sonoma-Cutrer and champagne generously donated by Korbel. You'll have a chance to mingle with the directors of Albany’s arts organizations, Legacy Award Winners, participating chefs, and Festival Sponsors at this networking event.

Grand Tasting & Seminars

Friday, January 26, 2024 - 4:00pm-8:00pm and Saturday, January 27, 2024 - 12:00pm-4:00pm

The Grand Tasting & Seminars will be held on January 26 and January 27 at the Albany Capital Center. Premier wine spirits will be highlighted with culinary pairings in the newly upgraded seminars on Friday and Saturday. Purchasing a VIP ticket provides access to the VIP lounge which is presented by Total Events and Empire Merchants North. There will be Hors D'oeuvres and specialty cocktails. With the purchase of a VIP ticket, you will be entered into a chance to win one of five exciting travel experiences.

Slider Slam!

Friday, January 26, 2024 - 8:00pm-11:00pm

Don't miss out on the Slider Slam! on Friday night at the Albany Capital Center. This event will feature slider tastings, music by DJ Reel, beverages, and more. Any Slider Slam VIP ticket will have access to a full bar provided by Empire Merchants North. There will be specialty cocktails and pop up brand experiences too! 

Grand Gala Dinner

Saturday, January 27, 2024 - 6:00pm

Don't miss the 15th Anniversary of the Albany Chefs' Food and Wine Festival Grand Gala. This year's event will be held at the Albany Capital Center at 6:00pm, and admission will be limited to 500 guests. The one-of-a-kind experience will feature popular wines from partner, Empire Merchants North and followed by a five-course culinary masterpiece with prominent regional culinary powerhouses.

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