Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival runs September 25 to 27

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From September 25 through 27, three of Newport’s most beautiful historic mansions will be filled with visitors and vendors celebrating the 10th Annual Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, presented by The Preservation Society of Newport County and FOOD & WINE. Hundreds of wines from around the world will be poured, and a variety of cuisine from regional restaurants and caterers will be served, making the festival one of the East Coast’s most sophisticated and anticipated events.

Tickets are still available at discounted advance prices for most of the weekend’s events.  Tickets may be purchased online at www.NewportMansionsWineAndFood.org or by calling (401) 847-1000.

Martha Stewart will return to the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival for her second year, headlining a brand new signature event with Jacques Pépin titled A Conversation with Martha Stewart and Jacques Pépin. Guests can enjoy a lively and engaging conversation with the lifestyle expert and the French chef while sipping Champagne Taittinger in the Marble House Gold Ballroom before heading out to the Grand Tasting. Stewart and Pépin will discuss what’s hot and what’s not in lifestyle and food trends, providing the audience with a rare opportunity to engage with them in a spectacular setting.

Chef Pépin will also join daughter Claudine Pépin for a cooking demonstration on the KitchenAid Culinary Demonstration Stage during Sunday’s Grand Tasting.

Regional favorites also participating in the weekend cooking demonstrations include New Yorkers Ben Pollinger, Executive Chef of Oceana restaurant in New York City; JJ Johnson, Chef de Cuisine of The Cecil in Harlem; and Allison and Matt Robicelli of wholesale bakery Robicelli’s in Brooklyn. Chocolate lovers will delight in a demonstration by Amy Guittard, author of the Guittard Chocolate Cookbook, and “Mr. Chocolate” himself, Jacques Torres. Additionally, local  chefs Matthew Petersen, Executive Chef of Newport Harbor Corp; Jamestown Fish Owner and Executive Chef Matthew MacCartney; and Frank Terranova, Johnson & Wales instructor and host of the NBC10 daily television segment “Cooking with Class” will be sharing their talent and tips on stage.

The Grand Tastings will also feature book signings by the guest chefs and other authors throughout the weekend.

The weekend kicks off with the Wine & Rosecliff gala on Friday night, featuring an outstanding selection of fine wines and food amid seaside Gilded Age splendor.

On Saturday night, the return of Newport After Dark will give guests an opportunity to extend the party late into the night while enjoying food and cocktails from some of the Festival sponsors at Forty 1˚ North on the Newport waterfront.

On Friday, visitors can attend seminars at the Hotel Viking to learn about wines from different regions of the world. Guests are encouraged to ask some of the industry’s most respected experts from vineyards such as Marchesi Antinori, Champagne Taittinger, and Bouchaine Vineyards about the tasting, pairing and buying of wine.

The Presenting Sponsor of the 2015 Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival is FOOD & WINE Magazine.  Additional  sponsors  include Alex and Ani, National Trust Insurance Services, KitchenAid, United Airlines, Alaska Seafood, Lynx Grills, Atria Senior Living, Guittard Chocolate Company, Dock & Harbor  Maine, Harney & Sons Master Tea Blenders, Maple Leaf Farms, Urbani Truffles, Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Southeastern New England, Ruffino, Marchesi Antinori, WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey, Nobilo, Bouchaine Vineyards, Coravin, Champagne Taittinger, Sequoia Grove, Brinley Gold Shipwreck Rum, Hotel Viking Newport, Residence Inn Marriott, The Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina, Newport Hospitality, Inc., Arrow Prestige Limousine & Coach, and Meridian Printing. Production management services are provided by Plate + Decanter and Amadeo.

All proceeds from the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival benefit The Preservation Society of Newport County, a non-profit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, and dedicated to preserving and interpreting the area’s historic architecture, landscapes, and decorative arts.  Its 11 historic properties—seven of them National Historic Landmarks—span more than 250 years of American architectural and social development.

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