Thursday, September 16, 2010

I Love Newport in the Fall: Newport Wine & Food Festival Slated for September 24-26




The 5th annual Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival will take place September 24-26 in the picturesque seaside resort of Newport, Rhode Island. Sponsored by Food & Wine magazine, the Festival showcases more than 100 world-renowned vintners, 500 luxury international wines, exquisite food from more than 20 of the finest restaurants and caterers in New England, and cooking demonstrations by renowned chefs from American Public Television and the Food Network.

Among the dozens of acclaimed chefs traveling to the historic Rosecliff and Marble House mansions to give their cooking demonstrations are Chris Cosentino of Food Network's “Chefs vs. City” and Incanto Restaurant in San Francisco, Christina Pirello of American Public Television and Create TV, and David Burke of David Burke’s Prime. Food and Wine's Ray Isle and Thirsty Girl’s Leslie Sbrocco will lead seminars throughout the weekend. Guests can also observe viniculture artist Thomas Arvid as he creates a distinct wine-themed painting. Various live and silent auctions will also be held throughout the weekend.

Key events:
Friday: Wine & Rosecliff Gala, where guests will rub shoulders with the Festival’s celebrity chefs and see some of the region’s best culinary creations.
Saturday: All-inclusive Grand Tasting at Marble House from 12 Noon -4pm
Sunday: Jazz Brunch at 11am on the Marble House terrace and all-inclusive Grand Tasting at Marble House from 12 Noon - 4pm

Admission covers wine samplings, small-plate tastings, cooking demonstrations, a souvenir glass, tote bag, free parking and shuttle transportation to and from Marble House. Guests will also have a chance to tour the first floor of Marble House and get a glimpse of what America’s wealthiest mansion looked like in 1892.

All Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival proceeds will benefit The Preservation Society of Newport County, dedicated to preserving and interpreting the area’s historic architecture, landscapes and decorative arts. Visit http://www.newportmansionswineandfood.org/ or call 401-847-1000, ext. 140 for more information and to purchase tickets.

Newport is a great tourist destination: plan some time to explore the city's historic and scenic points. The Touro Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in New England, has been meticulously refurbished with a new visitors' center. Both architecturally significant and inspiring, the synagogue is a must-see during anyone's visit to Newport. Walk along Easton’s Beach and admire the beautiful shoreline scenery, hike the famous Cliff Walk behind the stately Bellevue Avenue historic district mansions, or charter a yacht to get a sense of the outdoor sailing and ocean culture of Newport.

The Hotel Viking, a member of Historic Hotels of America, is a glamorous place to stay while visiting Newport for the Festival. Built in 1926, this historic hotel is the perfect combination of charm and elegance, and is even considered a top luxury spa hotel in New England. For something on the water, the Newport Hyatt on Goat Island, is an easy walk to town, the marina, and waterfront dining.

You can also contact Visit Rhode Island or Go Newport for more information.

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