The Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Festival is returning to the Sands Bethlehem Event Center from Friday, May 31st to Sunday, June 2nd.
Friday the weekend will kick off with a new ‘Burger and Beer Bash’ from 7pm to 10pm. It will feature, you guessed it, various burgers and beer samplings. Tickets for the event are $25.
This year’s Grand Tasting will again span a two day period, with both Saturday and Sunday hosting several restaurants from around the area from 12pm to 4pm each day. The event also features wine tastings highlighting several regions around the world. New this year, the tasting will also incorporate a cigar tasting section. Tickets for the Grand Tasting sessions are $75.
The Grand Tasting sessions will again be supplemented by separate champagne and spirits tasting rooms. These rooms have lounge areas and feature premium products in their categories. Tickets for each spirit room, which run concurrently with the Grand Tasting sessions, are $25 each.
The weekend will also feature three cooking demos. First up will be Chef Emeril Lagasse, who will do a demo on Friday from 2pm to 3:30pm. Chef Chris Wilson, the culinary director for Emeril’s New Orleans restaurants, will conduct a cooking demo on Saturday at 1pm. Chef Brent Wertz, the President of the Resort Food Executive Committee and the Executive Chef at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, will host a cooking demo on Sunday at 1pm. Tickets for the Emeril demo are $50 and tickets for the Wilson and Wertz demos are $25 (Grand Tasting tickets are also required).
For more information head on over to the festival’s website.
My wife and I have attended this festival since it’s inception and have always enjoyed it. This year however, I’m more than a bit put off by the ticketmaster surcharges. The standard entry of $75 I thought was reasonable but having to add an additional $16.50 per ticket for no real value add other than t support ticketmaster is over the top and frankly more than a bit irritating. We too thought the event was better when it was held outside under a tent and other changes continue to just dilute what was once a stellar event. Sorry but adding $30 to a pair of tickets with nothing to show for it just doesn’t add up in my book.
I believe if you’re able to get down there and purchase them in person there’s no surcharge. I agree, Ticketmaster surcharges in general are insane and I personally wouldn’t pay that price either. If you’re able to, I’d call up and double check that they’re $75 at the casino and head down there for them instead.
Thanks for the tip! I’ll let you know how I make out.
I hope you were able to purchase tickets through the Sands Event Center box office as there are no Ticketmaster fees there!