The 5th Annual Putnam County Wine and Food Fest in Patterson, New York is a two-day event which happens this year on Saturday, Aug. 8 and Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. The Festival is held at the Beaver Creek Farm (also known as the Beaver Creek Equestrian Center), and showcases many New York renowned wine and spirit producers. There will be arts and crafts, local and international artists, a beer tent and a special VIP tent, as well as activities especially designed for the kids in the crowd.
The bands kick off at Noon on Saturday starting with the Jim Marrone Trio, who will perform music from the ’60s. They feature a wide variety of genres from standards to soul, pop, rock and jazz. Next up will be the Mike Hollis Band. Michael Hollis performs with a number of bands that consistently span the genres of Jazz, Indie-Rock, Alternative-Folk, Soul and Blues. Make sure to see Johnny Ciao, Culinary Rocker at 2 p.m. He will be creating one of his signature dishes on stage and also he will perform with Professor Louie, of The Crowmatix – always a crowd pleaser. Sam Haiman Band will entertain the crowds next – The Sam Haiman Band is an equal mix of Asbury rock, Texas blues and Laurel Canyon folk. Topping off the day, the crowd will hear from The Lone Wolf Trio. They blend straight up rock and roll, diverse and alternative styling with a good time, hard driving sound.
You’ll want to check out the Celebrity Chef Demo Tent as well. Johnny Ciao will do his first cooking demonstration of the day at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. After his demonstration, he’ll be on hand for most of the day, to greet guests and sign his Koncert Kitchen cookbooks for those wishing to purchase one. Later on Saturday afternoon, you’ll want to watch Chef Vincent Tropepe, who will also be doing a cooking demonstration.
Those who purchase VIP tickets will be treated to enjoy private bars, with premium liquors and wines, a private seating area and private restrooms. There will also be a silent auction held for their enjoyment. VIP ticket holders will also receive a buffet lunch and enjoy a meet and greet with Chef Vincent Tropepe on Saturday afternoon.
Additional entertainment will be featured with the times to be announced. After the Spider Trio, a power trio of teenage musicians – They perform original music and covers of rock classics and alternative music. Bess McCrary – Based in New York City, Bess is an alchemist of both pain and joy, her brave songwriting and profound lyrics providing purpose for her unique, classically trained voice.
Sunday, Aug. 9 schedule – TBA
The festival hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday.
To purchase advance tickets and save yourself a few dollars, you may go to TicketFly. Ticket prices on TicketFly are as follows: General admission to the Festival is $25 per person for one day – $40 for the weekend. ($30 at the door for one day). Seniors (62+), groups of 10+ and Military folks will pay $20. General admission for a VIP ticket will run you $100 per person. VIP Admission includes: VIP Parking, private tent with lunch, premium alcohol, wine & beer and private restrooms. Designated drivers and aged 12-21 guests will pay $10. Tasting Tickets may be purchased (must be age 21 with proof of identification) which includes wine tasting glass, event program & wine tasting.
The Festival is located in the Hudson Valley region and is also very close to Pawling, Dutchess County, New Fairfield and Danbury, CT.
Bring your blankets and your chairs to enjoy all the great music, food and entertainment in style.
Customers can take Metro-North Harlem Line to the Patterson Station to connect with free shuttle buses to and from the Wine Fest during Festival hours. For more info: www.putnamcountywinefest.com. The actual location is Beaver Creek Farm, 683 Route 311, Patterson, NY 12563
There is limited parking available at the venue (first come first served). Park at the lot south of the Metro North Patterson Train Station, close to the Patterson Recreation Center.
Signage will direct you to the parking lot, and a shuttle is available to transport you to and from the venue during festival hours.
Things to be aware of before you go – dogs, coolers and beer are not allowed at the festival. This is an outdoor event and will be held rain or shine. So come out and enjoy some fun for the entire family. For more information contact, 800-557-4185, ext 9.
You may connect with Putnam County Wine & Food Fest on Facebook or on Twitter.