Cincinnati’s booming food scene is one for the record books. With so many restaurants and breweries, the Queen City has become a major destination for foodies.
To help boost that image even further, Donna Covrett and Courtney Tsitouris launched the Cincinnati Food + Wine Classic in 2013.
This 3-day epicurean event scheduled for September 23-25 is designed to capture the energy and enthusiasm of the dynamic food scene in Cincinnati and beyond.
“The Cincinnati Food + Wine Classic is a celebration of Cincinnati and the Midwest as a longstanding destination for food, artisan beer, and spirit excellence,” says Covrett. “The event, located at Yeatman’s Cove, features local, regional, and national chefs showcasing a depth of flavor through grand tastings, competitions, demos, seminars, author talks, and panel discussions.”
The mission of the Cincinnati Food + Wine Classic includes inviting some of the top talent to Cincinnati, celebrating the flavor of Cincinnati as well as the Midwest, give attendees interactive experiences such as cooking demonstrations and classes, bring in national food and drink writers to get them talking about the Queen City, connect the Tri-State’s food and wine community, and to give those who attend the event a place to let loose and enjoy themselves.
The 2016 Cincinnati Food + Wine Classic will feature four signature events, many of which are new. “Each event includes a unique Grand Tasting, a wine, beer, and beverage pavilion, and 40-plus quality offerings,” explains Covrett. “The Grill Pavilion will showcase tastings and demos, an Artisan Marketplace, Dessert Pavilions, a live music stage and lounge, and much more.”
Here is a quick rundown of the Classic schedule:
The Grill Invitational kicks things off Friday, September 23 from 6:30-9:30 p.m., with a live grilling party and judged showdown featuring more than 30 top chefs from across the nation, and an opportunity for guests to grant the coveted People’s Choice Award. Along with live music, the event also includes three unique dessert pavilions: The Chocolate Factory, Cake Like A Boss, and Rock ‘n Roll Pie School.
Enjoy featured tastings from 30 restaurants as part of the Lunch Your Face Off event during Saturday Savor on Saturday, September 24 fromNoon-5 p.m. Two custom kitchens will feature demos and competitions with star chefs, and all-day programming includes the MasterClass Salon for tasting seminars, author talks, and panel discussions.
Listen to live music under the stars and celebrate Cincinnati’s history of fine dining with the unique lineup of more than 30 top local, regional, and national chefs as part of the evening Grand Tasting Feast in the Park, onSaturday, September 24 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Pastry chefs and bakers will be strutting their skills in the Dessert Pavilions, and live music sets the festive mood.
Wrap up the weekend with the Rising Stars Brunch (presented by The Haile U.S.Bank Foundation) and daytime programming as part of Sunday Savor on Sunday, September 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy featured tastings from up-and-coming sous chefs, chef de cuisines, pastry chefs, and spirits experts as well as a full day of demos, panels, author talks, beverage seminars, and competitions.
New this year is the event’s location at Yeatman’s Cove, also known as the Serpentine Wall Park. When asked what it means to the Classic that they were able to expand to a bigger location, Covrett says it means that the Classic is able to grow, allowing the team to throw a bigger party along the beautiful riverfront.
“With more than 150 chefs, vintners, brewers, artisans, and storytellers from around the country—plus a stage featuring popular local musicians—we’re inviting everyone to a feast of fun,” she adds.
You can purchase early-bird standard tickets for $75 until June 30. Beginning July 1, standard ticket prices are $95 and then $115 the day of the event. You can purchase single-day VIP tickets as well as a weekend VIP ticket.
You can view available ticket options as well as purchase your tickets for the Cincinnati Food + Wine Classic here. To learn more about this local event, visit www.cincinnatifoodandwineclassic.com. You can also follow along on Facebook and Twitter.