On June 27 & 28, The East Coast Slow Food and Wine Festival will be held at Hopewell Valley Vineyards in Pennington, NJ. Formerly just a New Jersey event, the festival has been expanded to include food and wine from up and down the coast. I'm excited that the festival will be taking place close to me, and you'll be sure to find me there at least one of the days enjoying the festivities.

Local food lovers will be able to sample dishes prepared with “locally grown vegetables, fruits, seafood, chicken, meats and more by some of the most exciting chefs in the state.” In addition, there will be tastings of wine from many of the local wineries in the region.

Other activities taking place during the festival include

  • Farmers market
  • Cooking demonstration
  • Seminars on organic farming, bee keeping and honey making
  • Cheese making demonstrations
  • Wine seminars
  • Wine maker and chef dinners
Right now, the list of chefs and wine experts is still growing, but several personalities have been announced including Michael Colameco, host of Colameco's Food Show on PBS and Maureen Petrosky, wine expert on NBC's TODAY Show. Also speaking at the event will be George Taber, author of Judgment of Paris: California vs. France and The Historic 1976 Paris Tasting That Revolutionized Wine – a book I happen to be reading right now and enjoying very much.

Details from the website:

This fun and informative event will be held at Hopewell Valley Vineyards, 46 Yard Road, Pennington, New Jersey. Tickets for the festival are $35 if purchased in advance or $40 if purchased the day of the event at the door. This year, a two day ticket can also be purchased as well as tickets to the winemaker and chef dinners. The entrance fee includes wine tasting, souvenir wine glass, parking, winery tours and entrance into the cooking demonstrations and wine seminars. Food will be available at a nominal fee.

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