The Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, one of the East Coast’s most sophisticated and anticipated events, returns for its 13th-year from September 20 – 23, 2018. The Marble House lawn will once again be the spectacular setting for the two-day Grand Tasting on Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23, which offers guests the chance to sample hundreds of wines from around the world and cuisine from nearly two dozen regional restaurants and caterers.

Internationally acclaimed fashion designer and cookbook authorZac Posenwill headline the Grand Tasting, cooking on the MONOGRAM Culinary Stage on Saturday, September 22 and signing copies of his cookbook,Cooking with Zac. Guests can also enjoyA Conversation with Zac Posen,where attendees will delight in lively and engaging conversation with Posen in the Marble House Gold Ballroom before heading out to the Grand Tasting.Also participating in weekend cooking and grilling demonstrations will be local and regional favorites includingLydia Shireof Boston’sScampo,Terence FeuryofForty 1˚ Northin Newport,Maura KilpatrickofSofra Bakeryin Cambridge,Jorge EspinozaofGurney’s Newport Resort & Marina,Jose EnriqueofJose Enriquein San Juan, andKolin VazzolerofSimi Winery.

Internationally acclaimed fashion designer and cookbook author Zac Posen will headline the Grand Tasting, cooking on the MONOGRAM Culinary Stage on Saturday, September 22; local and regional favorites will also participate in cooking and grilling demonstrations throughout the weekend.

Hundreds of wines from around the world will be featured throughout the many weekend events, including top selections from Opus One (Napa Valley), M. Chapoutier (France), Tua Rita (Italy), Vincent Girardin (France), Robert Mondavi (Napa Valley), and Famille Hugel (France).

Additional highlights of the weekend-long festivities include the elegant Friday nightWine & Rosecliffgala, which will feature a special selection of fine wines from these and other wineries, as well as food from at least 15 New England chefs amid seaside Gilded Age splendor. TheVintner Dinnerat Rosecliff on Saturday will offer an interactive and connected evening where guests will taste specially selected, exquisite American “New World” wines that have intimate connections to some of the most prestigious “Old World” wines.The event will feature a three-course dinner and dessert reception prepared by chefsDavid BlessingofNewport Beach House,Tony MawsofCraigie on Main,Jose EnriqueofJose Enrique,Samantha del ArroyoofMill’s TavernandMaura FitzpatrickofSofra Bakery.

Guests will have an extra opportunity to enjoy late night bites and cocktails by some of the Festival sponsors with the return ofNewport After Dark, taking place on Saturday night atForty 1˚ North on the Newport waterfront.TheSunday Jazz Brunchon the Marble House Terrace is the perfect way to begin a leisurely day at the Sunday Grand Tasting;tickets include an elegant brunch followed by early VIP entry to the Grand Tasting on the lawn.

Seminarswill take place on Friday and Saturday at The Breakers Stable & Carriage House on Coggeshall Avenue in Newport, allowing visitors the opportunity to learn about wines from different regions of the world. Led by vintners and industry experts, these engaging educational seminars are designed for every wine and food lover – from oysters to artisan cheese, to bubbles and caviar and beyond.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the 2018 Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, visitwww. NewportMansionsWineAndFood.orgor call (401) 847-1000.

Ryan M. Belmore

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