Saratoga Performing Arts Center has something rare in store for its Saratoga Wine & Food Festival this year.
SPAC is partnering with Colin Cowie Lifestyle and the Saratoga Automobile Museum to draw not only food and wine connoisseurs from near and far, but car lovers as well with 80 luxury Bugatti automobiles on view. The festival, which runs from Sept. 7-9, comes at the end of the classical music season and is the primary fundraiser for SPAC’s educational programming. Thus, SPAC is hoping to end the season on a high note.
“It’s no secret that I adore Saratoga Springs. I could not be more excited to work with our partners at SPAC to create a new, revamped Wine & Food Festival this September, said Colin Cowie, whose company is known for creating extravagant events. "We’ve made some fabulous additions and are looking forward to taking this event to the next level, of course using our signature five-senses approach to ensure everything guests smell, touch, taste, see and hear reflects the DNA of Saratoga, SPAC and the American Bugatti Club.”
The festival will be one stop on the International Bugatti Tour, which only happens every 10 years. Celebrities like Jay-Z, Ralph Lauren and Jay Leno are known to drive Bugattis. The vehicles have also appeared in the movies, with “Mission Impossible 3” a prime example. They’ll be coming from all over the world to be shown around the Reflecting Pools at SPAC in a “Bugatti Ballet” display.
"Each Bugatti, ranging from the mesmerizing 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic to newer models including the Chiron and Veyron, is a work of incredible art and craftsmanship," said Carly Connors, executive director of the Saratoga Automobile Museum, in a statement.
Beyond the Bugattis, there’s also plenty for the epicures to enjoy.
There will be specialty wines and seminars, cooking demonstrations and tastings. There will also be the traditional Adirondack Road Tour and Luncheon, the Fired Up! Grill Competition and a Grand Tasting. There will also be a brunch with Cowie on the final day of the festival.
“Throughout this weekend, we will celebrate and savor the artistry of flavor in wines, spirits, cuisine and car design -- all in the stunning ambiance of the Spa State Park," SPAC President and CEO Elizabeth Sobol, said in a statement.
According to Sobol, there are more announcements to come about the event, including celebrity guests, live music and other additions. For more information visit spac.org.
Here’s a glance at the schedule so far:
Adirondack Road Tour & Gourmet Luncheon
10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7
This spirited, professionally-led road rally for auto collectors winds through beautiful Adirondack roads and winds up at the Lake George Club.
7-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7
Chefs from the Capital Region’s finest restaurants will battle it out for bragging rights in the annual festival grilling competition.
12-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8
The Grand Tasting is a feast of the senses with curated foods and wines, an exclusive Bugatti auto display, live music and an “Iron Chef” styled competition.
Brunch with Colin Cowie
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9