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Annual Albany Chefs' Food & Wine Festival

Wine & Dine for the Arts | January 17 - 19, 2019

Local Albany chefs show off their skills in this three-day food and wine festival to raise money for the arts! The Albany Chefs' Food and Wine Festival will take place at the Empire State Plaza on Thursday, January 17 through Saturday, January 19, 2019. This is a great opportunity to support downtown businesses, including local art exhibitions and restaurants.

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 cooking demonstrations and wine tasting seminars.

crowd at the Food & Wine Festival

About the Festival

The 2019 Festival is a celebration of Indian culture. Inspired by the brilliant colors of the Holi Festival, the 2019 Festival image features bursts of colors playfully spattered throughout as a backdrop for the national symbols of India. The Festival bottle emerges from the lotus forming the archway framing the Taj Mahal complete with the birds swirling about. Our 10th Anniversary Grand Gala Reception & Dinner presented by MTx will feature the food, wine, arts & culture of India!

Events & Competitions

  • The Mayor's Opening Celebration at City Hall
  • Grand Tasting & Seminars
  • Battle of the Bartenders: Manhattan & Bloody Mary Editions
  • Rising Star Chef Pavilion & NYS Craft Beer Pavilion
  • Slider Slam Competition
  • Grand Gala Reception & 6-Course Dinner

This Year's Rising Chefs

  • Ben Bruhns - Tala American Bistro
  • Max Clement - New World Bistro Bar
  • Kilya Davis - Illium Bistro at Pinehaven Country Club
  • Josh Gabri - Tara Kitchen
  • David Macintosh - [forged]
  • Jonathan Pang - Brook Tavern
  • Jonathan Quinn - Osteria Danny
  • Zach Simard - Daley on Yates
  • Brandon Snooks - Hudson Valley BBQ
  • Michael Zehner - Mazzone Hospitality

Ticket Information

  • Mayor's Opening Celebration: $75
  • Friday Grand Tasting & Seminars: $65
  • Friday Grand Tasting & Seminars (VIP): $75
  • Slider Slam: $50
  • Slider Slam (VIP): $75
  • Saturday Grand Tasting & Seminars: $65
  • Saturday Grand Tasting & Seminars (VIP): $75
  • Grand Gala: Understudy (35 years old and under): $125
  • Grand Gala: General Admission: $150
  • Grand Gala: Lead Actor: $175
  • Grand Gala: Producers (two tickets): $350
  • Grand Gala: Executive Producers (two tickets): $500
  • Grand Gala: Corporate Table For 8 (eight tickets): $1,600
  • VIP All Access Pass For 2 (two tickets): $1,000

Please Note: For tickets purchased online, your email confirmation is your proof of purchase. Please print & present at registration. Must present government issued photo ID to enter the event regardless of ticket purchase. No one under 21 will be admitted to the event.

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