Were you part of the crowd enjoying the festivities this weekend as some of the brightest stars of the global and local culinary worlds descended on Roger Sherman Baldwin Park against a backdrop of beautiful weather and live music for the 2017 Greenwich Wine + Food Festival?
For those few of you who aren't yet familiar, the 2017 Greenwich Wine + Food Festival is a multi-day event that celebrates the area’s rich culinary landscape, and showcases innovation in the food and beverage industries. The mission is to strengthen our communities’ non-profit partners, local businesses and renowned food culture. This year, the festival benefitted multiple charitable organizations - including the Mario Batali Foundation, The Friends of James Beard Benefits, and Town of Greenwich Parks and Recreation Foundation.
On Saturday, celebrity chefs Mario Batali, Scott Conant, Alex Guarnaschelli and Adam Richman were mingling with festival attendees - while also participating in live interviews, conducting cooking demos and engaging with fans at book signings.
The primary food and wine tent had something for every palate - exotic cheeses, decadent sweets, savory meats, flavorful fruits, plus beer, wine, specialty soda, and teas - tantalizing festival-goers with samples of a wide variety of taste experiences from across the entire flavor spectrum.
The warm air was redolent with the scent of seared meats as grill-masters char-broiled and smoked sausage, pork, chicken and beef down by the water's edge.
Fun hit high gear in the Empire Casino Tent where television news personalities were tasting and voting for the Best Cocktail from the vast and creative selection being lovingly crafted by various professional mixologists.
Those looking to bring home a piece of the memory found what they were seeking in the merchandise tent which provided opportunities to purchase books, clothing, food products and other sundries.
The perfect day was capped that evening by a widely anticipated performance by the band Train.
As always, Living Greenwich was on the scene - taking it in; with cameras in hand. Here's a little of what we saw...
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Photos by Pam Grunow
Writing by Pam Grunow and Eric Taubert