June 3rd - 12th

Only to go until the festival!

About 2021 Festivities

The Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Festival is returning in grand style June 3-12, both virtually and at participating restaurants.

The virtual program will air on Thursday, June 3, at 6:30 p.m., on lehighvalleyfoodandwine.com, and will feature an exclusive appearance by Chef Emeril Lagasse. In addition, several local chefs will prepare their top recipes for viewers, including Christopher Heath, executive corporate chef for Paxos Restaurants. Chris Cree, founder of Cree Wine Company, will provide insights on pairing the right wine with the right meal, and the Craig Thatcher Band will offer a special musical tribute to the festival.

A range of vineyard tours and a highly anticipated silent auction, allowing participants to bid on fine wines and fantastic travel experiences, will also be accessible on the festival website. Festival sponsor Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits will provide virtual whiskey tastings featuring Maker’s Mark, Maker’s Mark 46, Knob Creek 9 year, and Basil Hayden’s. Viewers can even take out a specially prepared meal from NCC’s Hampton Winds restaurant to dine on while watching the program.

The inaugural Food & Wine Festival Restaurant Week will begin June 4 and run through June 12. Select restaurants in the region will be offering specials throughout the week, and will showcase the delicious, extraordinary food which has become the festival’s trademark. Participating restaurants to date include blue, Burgers and More by Emeril, Emeril's Chop House, Melt, Top Cut Steakhouse, and Torre. More will be added. Check lehighvalleyfoodandwine.com for the latest.

This year’s reimagining of the Food & Wine Festival, with the continued support of founding sponsor Wind Creek, will focus on a special salute to the hospitality industry, especially those employees who have been so hard hit during the pandemic, while maintaining its commitment to raising funds for Northampton Community College student scholarships. Since the inception of the festival, more than $2 million has been raised to help students. Sponsorship dollars and silent auction proceeds for this year’s festival will directly benefit NCC students.

No tickets are necessary for the virtual program. To watch the event, review the corresponding Hampton Winds take out menu, view the lineup for Food & Wine Festival Restaurant Week, participate in the silent auction, discover video assets, and learn more about sponsorship opportunities, visit lehighvalleyfoodandwine.com

About Northampton Community College

With an enduring commitment to the regional community it serves and a focus on student success, Northampton Community College has developed a reputation as an institution of extraordinary distinction, earning accolades at the state and national levels for innovative programs, outstanding faculty and impressive student achievements. It counts among its successful alumni a 4-time Pulitzer Prize winner and an Academy Award winning director as well as a host of CEOs, presidents, and leaders of business and industry. Today, Northampton Community College has locations in Bethlehem, Southside Bethlehem, Easton and Monroe County, serving more than 30,000 students each year from 53 counties, 48 countries and 25 states.

About Wind Creek Bethlehem

Wind Creek Casino Resort Bethlehem opened May of 2009 in Eastern Pennsylvania. A premier integrated resort destination, the property was retrofitted onto the historic Bethlehem Steel plant and is located approximately 60 minutes from Philadelphia, 75 minutes from the northern New Jersey suburbs and 90 minutes from New York City. Wind Creek Bethlehem offers over 3,000 slot machines, 150 table games, a brand-new sportsbook as well as a 282-room hotel and over 12,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Culinary offerings include two signature restaurants from celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse, Emeril’s Chop House and Burgers and More By Emeril, plus Chopstick Asian Cuisine, Steelworks Buffet & Grill and quick-service options at The Market Gourmet Express. The property is also home to Coil Bar, Molten Lounge and The Outlets at Wind Creek. The Wind Creek Bethlehem Event Center spans 14,000 sq. ft.— accommodating meetings, conventions and a variety of entertainment events. In 2022, the property will debut a second hotel tower and an additional 35,000 square feet of meeting/event space complete with premium amenities including a luxurious new spa, custom art installations and rooftop pool areas.

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