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Inaugural Catskills Wine & Food Festival Kicks off October 6 

Celebrity Chefs, Influencers, and Music by Lord Huron & The Revivalists

Last Updated: 09/21/2018 12:53 pm
click to enlarge The Revivalists will headline Saturday.
  • The Revivalists will headline Saturday.
Set on over 200 acres of fields and forest at the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, Camp Echo in Bloomingburg will be the scenic setting for the first annual Catskills Wine and Food Festival (bonus: it’s peak leaf season). This two-day music and culinary experience is no small-town street fair. Taking place on October 6 and 7, the event will feature over 25 cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, private tastings, a dynamic selection of beer, wine, and cider, a market, and an epic line-up of live music.

The festival’s managing director Scott Rosenbluth is a marketing expert in New York City with a soft spot for Sullivan County, where he has witnessed firsthand the transformation over the past decade. “The idea for the festival started as a conversation about the changing event landscape and how there is room in the marketplace for an intimate event experience,” Rosenbluth says. “There’s this incredible renaissance happening throughout the Catskills region—new restaurants and attractions. We wanted to celebrate this by bringing together local flavors with nationally recognized chefs and talent.”
The lineup of celebrity chefs includes Josh Capon (Bowery Meat Company and Lure Fishbar), Alex Guarnaschelli (Butter and “Chopped”), Gail Simmons (“Top Chef”), Marcus Samuelsson (Red Rooster and “Top Chef Masters”), Jordan Andino (Flip Sigi), Sarah Blair (CWFF Culinary Producer), Michael Chernow (The Meatball Shop and Seamore’s), Amirah Kassem (Flour Shop), and Bobbie Lloyd (Magnolia Bakery and “The Next Great Baker”). “We’re very fortunate to have some incredible partners in this event and on all sides—music, food, branded experiences, and activations,” Rosenbluth says. “We're thrilled to see what CWFF has become.”

Though food is the foundation for this festival, music was far from an afterthought. Seven-piece New Orleans outfit The Revivalists will headline Saturday’s festivities and indie bigwigs Lord Huron will hold down Sunday. Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Moon Taxi, Drake White and the Big Fire, The Dip, Ripe, and Escort are just some of the other acts performing throughout the weekend. “We have an incredible lineup of talent from the minute the gates open until they close,” Rosenbluth says.
As an added bonus, spend some time with some of the biggest influencers in food and wine —Jeremy Jacobowitz (@BrunchBoys), Laura Jung (@CityFoodie), Melissa Ben-Ishay (@BakedByMelissa) and more will take the stage for an Influencer Panel to talk about their favorite area #eats.

Unlike other food, wine, and/or music festivals, CWFF strives to be an intimate event, allowing guests to get up-close to the action, whether that’s a musical performance or a cooking demonstration. Get VIP passes for a rare opportunity to taste homemade creations cooked live by some of the nation’s most acclaimed chefs. If you get tired of tastings, you can also take advantage of the sleepaway camp’s recreational amenities—shoot some hoops, play beach volleyball or street hockey, row around Echo Lake , or go for a hike on the trails.
click to enlarge Lord Huron will headline Saturday.
  • Lord Huron will headline Saturday.
This festival is open to guests 21 and up. Two-day passes are $242.25 and includes food and wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, live music, access to activities throughout the campground, the Sunday Market, and shuttles to and from select hotels and resort destinations in the area. Single-day tickets are also available for $140.25.

VIP weekend passes are available for $549. These passes include all the general admission events, plus access to the VIP Village where celebrity chefs and musical artists will mingle with attendees, and guests can enjoy special cooking demos, wine tastings, intimate dining experiences curated by CWFF celebrity chefs, a Saturday evening VIP dinner, an all-inclusive Sunday brunch), various open bar events, and an exclusive swag bag. 
For the full experience, stay overnight in an on-site cabin. Each 16-person lodge is equipped with full bathrooms and cot-sized bunkbeds (BYO bedding, pillows, towels, and toiletries).
Cabins are $95 per night per person with a 12-person minimum.  

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