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