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September is a time to enjoy festivals in New England

Enjoy celebrity chefs to great wines, demos & more,
Enjoy celebrity chefs to great wines, demos & more,
Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival

Two favorite festivals are coming up this month, one in Boston and another, not far away in Newport, RI. Lovers of food and wines will want to put these on their calendars.

On September 14 on Boston's Greenway, you'll find the Boston Local Food Festival, a major annual event of the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts now in its third year with a celebration of local, organic, healthy foods and sustainable practices. This is a Zero Waste event .

Participants include local farms, purveyors of produce, seafood and much more, including restaurants and chefs. You'll find plenty to occupy, entertain and educate you! There are local musicians, chef demos, workshops, and arts and crafts.

The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. We promise you'll have a great, educational, tasty and entertaining time!

Later in the month, not all that far from Boston, is the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival with a series of tastings, seminars and much more. In addition to the variety of seminars, the weekend will include Grand Tastings on Saturday and Sunday featuring hundreds of wines, a Wine & Rosecliff gala, a Collectible Wine Dinner, an exclusive Sunday brunch, and many celebrated speakers and chefs, including Martha Stewart and Sara Moulton.

The Friday seminar programs get underway with Lou Di Palo, who will speak about what he knows best – the Essential Foods of Italy. Di Palo will lead a virtual excursion through Italy’s distinct regions and share his wisdom about the cuisine,
Next, wine and spirits writer Jordan MacKaye will explain what makes a balanced California Pinot Noir. Closing the first day of seminars, Megan Krigbaum, Senior Wine Editor of FOOD & WINE, with Wine 101 will take guests through various wines while answering questions about how to taste, identify, buy and pair them.

Lou Di Palo kicks off Saturday morning at the Chinese Tea House with a guided tasting to share knowledge of Italy’s two most coveted ingredients, Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar. For white wine lovers looking to learn more about reds, Helen Morrison, winemaker at Villa Maria Estate, will offer Looking Beyond Sauvignon Blanc: New Zealand's Red Wine Revolution. Guests will taste a variety of Villa Maria’s red wines, including Pinot Noirs and Cabernet/Merlot blends. In the final Saturday seminar titled Quintessa Rocks & Dirt, Quintessa Vineyard Estate Director and Master Sommelier Larry Stone looks at the formation of the Napa Valley and the Quintessa Vineyard, and the impact the rocks and dirt at Quintessa have on wine. Attendees will taste barrel samples from the estate’s distinctive vineyard blocks, as well as two vintages.

On Sunday, Kistler Vineyards Director of Sales and Marketing Geoff Labitzke demonstrates how bottle age affects style and character development in Kistler Chardonnay: California’s Ultimate Terroirs. Also on the schedule is Philippe Newlin, director of Duclot la Vinicole USA, who will examine major appellations of classic Bordeaux and pair each appellation with another classic: an actor from Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Mixologist Marshall Altier will explore Italian drinking culture from ancient Roman times to present day in the final seminar of the weekend, Cocktail Italia.

Seminar tickets are available at (401) 847-1000 ext. 140, Monday through Friday. Seminar tickets are not available online. A Grand Tasting ticket is required along with a seminar ticket for admission to Saturday and Sunday seminars.