Sunday Photos – Saratoga Food and Wine Festival 2013

The Saratoga Food and Wine Festival is an annual event to benefit The Saratoga Performing Arts Center. It brings together food, wine and automobiles from around the world and is the largest such festival in the area. Each year has its highlights and this year was no different. Aside from some fine nibbles and sips throughout the food and wine tents, the two most enjoyable parts of the Festival for me were chef Zak Pelaccio’s pig butchery demo featuring his taking apart (and then cooking) half of a Flying Pigs Farm Berkshire pig and the finals of a cooking competition built upon using one of my favorite cooking tools, the Big Green Egg. Amongst the nibbles, highlights came from two Hudson NY restaurants (The Crimson Sparrow and Club Helsinki) and meeting cheese maker Joey Connor from the Vermont Creamery and enjoying the full line of his marvelous cheeses. Beverage highlights included the neat Gin and Rum from Hudson Distillers, which I had not previously tasted, some Chablis from William Fevre and some lovely crisp Chilean Sauvignon Blancs from Chile’s Casablanca Valley. As always, the exotic and expensive cars provided visual delights and it was fun to run into a number of  friends.

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