Chautauqua Celebrates Culinary Delights at Annual Food Festival
CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. – Chautauqua Institution today announces the highly anticipated annual Food Festival, a celebration of food, music and culture that promises to captivate the senses. This year’s festival is set to take place from August 20–25, offering an array of delectable experiences that showcase the finest in food, beverage and entertainment.
Ultimate Wine and Beer Tasting: A Journey Through Flavor
Wine, beer and spirit enthusiasts are in for a treat at the Ultimate Wine and Beer Tasting event on Sunday, Aug. 20, Noon–6 p.m., where a curated selection of the finest local and international wines and craft beers will be available for sampling. For just $35, you’ll receive a specially branded CHQ Food Festival tasting glass and tasting notes to enhance your experience.
Culinary Delights from Around the World: Food Vendors Galore
The Chautauqua Food Festival brings together a variety of food vendors, each offering a unique culinary journey. From mouthwatering street food to gourmet delicacies, attendees will have the opportunity to explore a diverse range of flavors from around the world, all set against the backdrop of the picturesque Chautauqua grounds. Aug. 21–25, Noon–8 p.m. (some vendors may close from 2–4 p.m.)
At this festival, music and food harmonize to create an unforgettable symphony. Renowned artists from various genres will grace the stage, from jazz to classical, providing the perfect accompaniment to the culinary delights. This year’s lineup includes captivating performances by The Beatbox House, Angélique Kidjo, Renée Elise Goldsberry, and Patti LaBelle. Tickets are available at tickets.chq.org or by calling the Chautauqua Ticket Office at 716-357-6250.
Exquisite Chef Tasting Dinners with Acclaimed Chefs
Indulge in the artistry of cuisine as Chef Bruce Stanton and Chef Darian Bryan take center stage with Chef Tasting Dinners. Renowned for their innovation and expertise, these chefs will craft exclusive multicourse menus that showcase their culinary prowess. Guests will have the chance to indulge in gourmet dishes that highlight the finest seasonal ingredients while engaging with the chefs. Tickets are available at tickets.chq.org. Chautauqua Senior Director of Marketing and Analytics and Food Festival Coordinator Vanessa Weinert says the 2023 Festival will feature favorites from past festivals alongside first-time vendors and experiences.
“We are thrilled to invite everyone to the Chautauqua Institution Food Festival where we celebrate the art of food, music and culture,” Weinert said. “This event is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for individuals to immerse themselves in a world of flavors, connect with renowned chefs, and enjoy world-class entertainment.”
Elevate Your Experience: Stay at the Athenaeum Hotel
Elevate your Food Festival journey with a stay at the Athenaeum Hotel from August 19 to 26. Immerse yourself fully in the festivities with an all-inclusive Food Festival Package. This package includes lodging at the historic Athenaeum Hotel on Chautauqua Lake, a Traditional Gate Pass, daily breakfast, Food and Drink Tickets, the Ultimate Wine & Beer Tasting Ticket, Saturday Dinner, and Sunday Brunch. Whether for a night or the entire week, the Athenaeum Hotel offers an all-encompassing Food Festival experience.
How to Access the Events
Sunday, August 20
Free entry to the Grounds
Additional fee for Ultimate Wine/Beer/Spirits Tasting Event.
Destination Pass: $10
Enables access to the grounds to patronize the Food Festival and enjoy on-grounds amenities, including art galleries, shops, salons and spas, beaches and gardens.
Morning Program Ticket: $30
Valid 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
Includes all Destination Pass entitlements plus entry to the Chautauqua Lecture Series in the Amphitheater.
Afternoon Program Ticket: $19
Valid Noon–8 p.m.
Includes all Destination Pass entitlements plus entry to Hall of Philosophy lectures and Chamber Music at Lenna Hall on Monday.
Evening Program Ticket: Price Varies
Valid 4 hours before event start time
Includes all Destination Pass entitlements plus entry to the concert in the Amphitheater. Make it a one-of-a-kind experience with food, drinks and a concert!
To learn more about the Food Festival, purchase tickets or make hotel reservations visit foodfestival.chq.org.
About Chautauqua Institution
Chautauqua Institution is a not-for-profit, 750-acre community on Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York State, where approximately 7,500 persons are in residence on any day during a nine-week season, and a total of more than 100,000 attend scheduled public events and even more engage online via the streaming channel CHQ Assembly. Chautauqua is dedicated to the exploration of the best in human values and the enrichment of life through a program that explores the important religious, social and political issues of our times; stimulates provocative, thoughtful involvement of individuals and families in creative response to such issues; and promotes excellence and creativity in the appreciation, performance and teaching of the arts. The Institution launched its 150th Summer Assembly June 24, 2023, and will celebrate its Sesquicentennial in 2024.
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