The Foxwoods Food & Wine Festival has been held at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. In 2010, the festival featured three days of demonstrations by celebrity chefs, tasting seminars by beer and wine experts and the Grand Tasting.
The 2010 Foxwoods Food & Wine Festival featured some of the biggest names in restaurants and food television. The weekend began with a Celebrity Bowling Bash at High Rollers, the resort's luxury bowling alley and lounge. The event featured a night of mingling with Food Network stars Sunny Anderson, Anne Burrell and Alex Guarnaschelli, and food prepared by chefs Kevin Long and Kevin Scott. Saturday events included a celebrity lunch demonstration by former Top Chef stars, followed by a wine tasting and buying seminar and an Italian wine and cheese demonstration. The weekend wound down with a celebrity brunch, the Grand Tasting and wine and beer seminars.
Admission to the events was a la carte, so attendees could customize their itineraries. Ticket prices included food and drinks at each event. Brunch and lunch events cost $25 to $75 per person, which included a meal and demonstration. Beer and wine seminars were $40 to $50. Wine and cheese tastings cost $50 to $75. Celebrity chef dinners were $175. The Grand Tastings were $95 to $150 with an option to include a dessert event.
The Foxwoods Resort Casino offers four hotels (foxwoods.com). Guests could opt for a deluxe hotel room, luxury suite or private villa. Rates range from $400 to $800 per night. Several of the properties are adjacent to casinos and gaming rooms. Others offer a quiet New England retreat. The resort features several on-site restaurants along with other amenities, including indoor pools, a golf course, salon and spa. Festival-goers who wanted to stay off-property could reserve a room at a local bed and breakfast property, Abbey's Lantern Hill Inn (abbeyslanternhill.com).
Future of the Festival
No plans have been announced for a Foxwoods Food & Wine Festival in the future. In summer 2011, the Foxwoods Resort Casino held a Seafood Festival and a Backyard BBQ Festival. Foxwoods holds various culinary events throughout the year, including Restaurant Week, which features the on-site restaurants' fare.
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