Win FREE Tickets to SPAC’s Saratoga Wine & Food Festival & Concours D’Elegance!

SPAC Grand Tasting

Do you like food?
How about wine?
Got a thing for fast, luxury cars?

If the answer to any of those questions is yes, you’ll want to head to Saratoga this weekend, as the Saratoga Performing Arts Center hosts its 13th annual Saratoga Wine & Food Festival & Concours D’Elegance.

It’s a three-day celebration of gourmet events showcasing fine international wines, innovative chef-prepared menus, cooking demonstrations, wine seminars, innovative tastings, upscale auctions and a concours d’elegance of luxury automobiles presented by festival partner, the Saratoga Automobile Museum.

Featuring humorist/television commentator Mo Rocca and one of the northeast’s most innovative chef, Zak Pelaccio of Hudson’s Fish and Game, the fest promises to be a grand gourmet experience, and proceeds from the event will benefit Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s educational programs.

Here are some of the highlights of this weekend’s fest, which runs from Friday-Sunday (September 6-8):

· Humorist and commentator Mo Rocca headlines the festival and participates in events throughout the weekend, including a “Learning to Cook with Mamma Theresa” demonstration, modeled after his popular Cooking Channel show, “My Grandmother’s Ravioli.”

· New York celebrity chef Zak Pelaccio, chef & cofounder of the Hudson Valley’s hottest new dining destination, Fish & Game, brings culinary expertise to the weekend.

· Kevin Zraly, famed wine educator and 2011 James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award winner, leads two wine tasting seminars and participates in events throughout the weekend.

· The Saratoga Automobile Museum presents a Concours D’Elegance of luxury collector cars including invited classes of Shelby Cobra, Alfa Romeo, Porsche, Maserati, Ferrari and more. Among the featured cars will be a 2003 Aston Martin DB7 Zagato whose original owner was Eric Clapton.

· New Grand Tasting attractions including a Connoissuer’s Tent presented by Healthy Living Market and Café featuring locally and regionally sourced artisan cheeses and charcuterie and exclusive wine and spirits from Kevin Zraly’s private wine cellar.

Ticket prices for the events vary. GO HERE for the complete schedule…

BUT WAIT… We’re giving away FREE TICKETS. Yes, a lucky Nippertown reader will win a PAIR OF FREE TICKETS to the festival’s Grand Tasting beginning at 12noon on Saturday (September 7). That’s a $170 value! How can you win? Simple. Just leave a comment below telling us about the highlight of your summer. Please be sure to leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. Deadline to enter is 12noon on Friday. The winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon (September 6). Good luck! NOTE: The winner must be 21 or older to gain entrance. Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.

  1. jean robin schwartz says

    I love where i live and the highlight had to be having lunch in a cave on the trail in our precious Thacher Park for my 55 birthday celebration.Amazing.

  2. Kate says

    Enjoying biking, running, and swimming around upstate New York.

  3. Jennie says

    As crazy as it may sound, the highlight of my summer was preparing for student teaching. I have been working for three years to reach this moment and am extremely excited to get started.

  4. Bill says

    I’m in. That grand tasting is awesome. Honestly I hope the highlight of my summer is still ahead since I am in Cape Cod next week.

    Up until now Id have to say the weekend of my family reunion. It’s so rare to see everyone together.

  5. nic says

    I took in my first show at Tanglewood this summer. I can’t wait to go back!

  6. Stella Lombardo says

    Yearly summer vacations with the kids were special,but then they scattered. But this summer, we were able to reel in our daughter from Chicago and our son from Boston and partied (they’re older now) on the Vineyard.

    I hope we can do it again.

  7. steve ward says

    yum yum eat ’em up (and drink)

  8. -S says

    The highlight for me was to go to Cape Cod for the first time.

  9. Toga Yoga Geo says

    Loved the bands in the Final Stretch weekend – both days.

  10. ra says

    Picked a nice 22-1 winner for $5 this summer. All downhill after that but…

  11. Tom Gliserman says

    Solid Sound does it again.

  12. jimbo says

    Floating on a noodle in the Mohawk drinking PBR with friends

  13. Paul says

    Summerwas so great I don’t remember most of it. But wine, great food and classic cars would be a fine finish.

  14. Susan D says

    The highlight of my summer was my family’s trip to Japan. It was our best vacation ever!

  15. Rebecca says

    The highlight of my summer was having my parents visit me. I am use to seeing my family/friends all of the time, but not since I have moved 1000 miles. I did not get to go to SPAC either, another summer tradition, so this would be the perfect way to end my summer. Pick me!

  16. Eddie H says

    The highlight of my summer was finishing studying and taking the New York State Bar Exam so I could finally get outside and enjoy the sun.

  17. RAY says

    the highlight of my summer was the Jason aldean & jake owen conceret at spac it was awesome

  18. Tom says

    Saratoga 150 celebration

  19. Ski says

    I just came back from Ireland, so that was lovely. But a local highlight would be any summer evening with a glass of wine and good friends at the Confectionary. Bliss.

  20. Rabbit says

    Celebrating our friend’s birthday at the Saratoga track with old friends.

  21. Alexa says

    The highlight of my summer was starting my blog It really taught me to think outside the box and experience new things. I have met so many interesting people in the Capital Region, and it has forced me to grow as a writer, photographer and more confident person. I love documenting my life in that way and sharing my experiences with others. I also became quite the foodie, going from a strict vegetarian to now eating duck! I have come to respect the food industry and would honor the opportunity to get a chance to learn more about it at the Saratoga Food and Wine Festival.

  22. Kim says

    The highlight of my summer would probably be my trip to LBI (Long Beach Island) with my boyfriend. It was the most relaxing, fun, and memorable week I’ve had in a very long time. I’m a big foodie and wine lover so the Saratoga Wine and Food Festival would be the highlight of my end of summer / fall!! Thanks for the opportunity to win, Nippertown! 🙂

  23. ira schlenker says

    The highlight of the summer was having my oldest child move out to college and redoing his room for my youngest- the only girl who had definitely outgrown her current room!

  24. dawn s says

    The highlight of my summer is yet to be: winning a pair of tickets to the wine and food festival in Saratoga!

  25. Patrick says

    Being with my son.

  26. Eric D says

    The highlight of my summer was visiting the beautiful country of Japan with my family! Going on a tour of Matsumoto Castle was awesome!

  27. Rose says

    The highlight of my summer was seeing Steve Winwood perform at SPAC! What a wonderful thing I did for myself! I had such a crush on him through my teens. I LOVED Traffic and seeing him turned back the clock~I WAS seventeen that night!

  28. L says

    Highlight was enjoying down time with my kids… Certainly ready for a wine & food weekend w/out kids, though!

  29. Jeremy says

    finishing my first Ironman in Lake Placid.

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