The Grand Tasting Village Is an Unmissable Event for Westchester Foodies

Enjoy some of the county’s best food and drink options all in one place at the signature Wine & Food Festival event in Valhalla.

Have you ever fallen down an online foodie rabbit hole where everything you saw you just had to try? That’s the feeling when walking around the Grand Tasting Village, where everything will catch your eye, and it’s all for the taking.

The Grand Tasting Village is the signature event of Westchester Magazine’s Wine & Food Festival on Saturday, June 8, bringing together the best eats and drinks in the county. From chef demonstrations to food trucks and wine seminars, a food lover’s oasis comes to life at this Westchester happening.


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There will be something for everyone at the Grand Tasting Village, with more than 40 local restaurants participating and over 200 wines and spirits offered this year. Taco lovers can choose between four different spots, including Taquerio Taco Bar and The Taco Project. Looking for a classic Italian-style home-cooked meal? Check out Augustine’s Salumeria E Pasta Joint or Bronx Little Italy. For anyone seeking global flavors, feel free to travel through cuisine by trying RaaSa or Matanzas Cuban Cafe. If you want to engage your sweet tooth, there’s Baked After Midnight and Nothing Bundt Cakes. And finally, if you need a pick-me-up after all that, stop by Coffee Labs Roasters.

As for entertainment, there will be chef demos running throughout the day at the Grand Tasting Village. The demos will feature Celebrity Chef David Burke of Red Horse by David Burke; Chef Anthony Goncalves of Kanopi; Iron Chef America Season 4 winner and renowned Hudson Valley Chef Peter X. Kelly; and Emilio Ugarte of RiverMarket Bar and Kitchen. There will be plenty to learn…and consume.

Those looking for an experience with a more personal touch at the Grand Tasting Village should head for the Party Line Connoisseurs Tent. This private space features a lounge and some of the best wines and dishes that can be found in the county. In addition, wine expert Kevin Zraly will be giving wine seminars throughout the day.

The Grand Tasting Village will take place from noon to 4 p.m. at the Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla, just off the Taconic State Parkway. Tickets are available now for $90, allowing you to try the very best wine and food in the area. Packs of 10 are on sale for $850 and Party Line Connoisseur tickets (now sold out) are $135, which includes admission to the Grand Tasting Village and the exclusive Connoisseur Tent. Come on out for a delicious way to swing into summer!

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