Sands Bethlehem Announces Sixth Annual Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Festival

May 12th, 2015Press Release from Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Sands® Bethlehem

Sands Bethlehem, a Bethlehem, PA, casino and entertainment destination, announces that the property will host the sixth annual Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Festival inside the Sands Bethlehem Event Center. The events will take place from Friday, May 29th to Sunday, May 31st. Guests can savor more than 25 of the Lehigh Valley’s most prestigious restaurants along with an impressive array of fine wines from around the world. There will also be a special appearance by celebrity guest chef Georges Perrier.

On Friday, May 29th, guests are invited to attend a special cooking demo with Emeril’s Homebase Culinary Director, Chef Chris Wilson, who will be assisted by Executive Chef of The Bayou, Chef Tyler Baxter, NCC Culinary Arts graduate and first winner of the NCC Culinary and Hospitality competition. Chef Wilson will also announce the student winners of this year’s competition. The winning students will travel to New Orleans for a one-week internship in Emeril’s restaurants.

Tickets for this cooking demo are $50 and can be purchased at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center Box Office or online at:

Guests will enjoy an all-inclusive event for one price of $85. Tickets include access to the following:
• Grand Tasting (food and wine tastings) • Sands Bethlehem Event Center • 12pm – 4pm
• Champagne and Spirits Tasting Room • Monroe Room • 12pm – 4pm
• Midnight Madness Distillery Tasting • Outside Patio • 12pm – 4pm
• Cigar Bar • Outside Patio • 12pm – 4pm
• Cooking Demonstrations • Berks Room • 1pm & 2:30pm
– Chris Wilson, Emeril’s Homebase Culinary Director • Saturday, 1pm
– Victor Bock, Director of Food & Beverage at Sands Bethlehem • Saturday, 2:30pm
– Cher Harris, Executive Pastry Chef at The Hotel Hershey• Sunday, 1pm
– Darryl Harmon, Award-Winning Celebrity Chef • Sunday, 2:30pm
• Wine Seminars • Bucks Room • 12:30pm & 3pm
– Niccolo Maltinti, Antinori Winery • Saturday, 12:30pm
– Sarah Troxell, Galen Glen Winery • Saturday 3pm
– Ernie Trejo, Antinori Winery • Sunday, 12:30pm
– Sarah Troxell, Galen Glen Winery • Sunday 3pm

More than 25 Lehigh Valley area restaurants will participate in the festival, including 3rd & Ferry Fish Market, The Bayou, Blue Grillhouse, Bravo!, Burgers and More by Emeril, Carnegie Deli, Emeril’s Chop House, Emeril’s Italian Table, Fiesta Olé, The Hamilton Kitchen, Hampton Winds, Maxim’s 22, McCoole’s, Mitzi’s Table, Melt, 187 Rue Principale, Sette Luna, Steelworks Buffet & Grill, St. James Gate, Torre, Twisted Olive, Two Rivers Brewing Company, Valenca, The Villa Fine Italian Cuisine, Sodexo, Yianni’s Taverna, and more.

The Spirits and Champagne Tasting Room, hosted by Southern Wine and Spirits, will allow patrons to sample a wide variety of spirits and champagne, and the opportunity to bring home their favorite new bottle. Cooking demos will provide experiences of preparing the chefs’ favorite dishes. Wine seminars will provide information on wine tasting. Live music will be provided by Craig Thatcher on Saturday and The Maybabies on Sunday.

For more information on all of the events visit or

To purchase tickets for any of the events visit or the Sands Bethlehem Event Center Box Office.
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About Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem
Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem opened May of 2009 in Eastern Pennsylvania. It is situated on the site of the historic Bethlehem Steel plant and located approximately 60 minutes from Philadelphia and the northern New Jersey suburbs and 90 minutes from New York City. Sands Bethlehem offers over 3,000 state-of the-art slot machines and 200 table games including a 30 table poker room, as well as a 300-room hotel and over 12,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Culinary offerings include three signature restaurants from celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse – Emeril’s Chop House, Burgers And More by Emeril and Emeril’s Italian Table. The casino also features the Carnegie Deli, St. James Gate Irish Pub and Carvery, Steelworks Buffet and Grill, Croissanterie, Chopstick, Joli Bakery and Café and the varied offerings and cuisines of The Market Gourmet Express. It is also home to the Coil bar, Infusion lounge and Molten lounge, which features live entertainment 7 nights a week. The Outlets at Sands Bethlehem launched at the property in November 2011. The Sands Bethlehem Event Center, which opened at the property in May 2012 and includes over 14,000 sq. ft. of flexible multipurpose and tradeshow space, accommodates meetings, conventions and a variety of entertainment events.

About Northampton Community College and the NCC Foundation
For over 45 years Northampton Community College has kept education affordable and accessible for the Lehigh Valley and beyond. Offering credit courses, job training and life enrichment classes, NCC serves over 36,000 people each year.

Founded in 1969, the Northampton Community College Foundation is the private fundraising arm of the College. On an annual basis, over $2 million is raised for student scholarships, updating educational equipment, purchasing library materials and supporting special programs which are not funded through the College’s regular income sources.

To date, the Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Festival has raised over $1.2 million to benefit the NCC Foundation. A portion of these funds are used to send three Culinary students and three Hospitality students to New Orleans, where they will spend a week working in each of Emeril Lagasse’s restaurants. Students must meet GPA requirements, write an essay, and compete in a cooking competition to earn the coveted internships. The winners are announced by Chef Emeril Lagasse during his cooking demo at the Festival.

About the Festival
Entering its sixth year, the Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Festival has grown from its humble beginnings as a one-day tented event to a full weekend experience. The largest event of its kind in the region, the Festival showcases cuisine from the region’s top restaurants and wine from all around the world to more than 5,000 patrons over the course of three days.

Hosted by Northampton Community College and the Sands Bethlehem, the Festival began in 2010 as a way to provide hands-on experience to Northampton’s Culinary and Hospitality Management students, raise money for the NCC Foundation, and celebrate the tantalizing dining experiences available in the Lehigh Valley.

Media: Megan Verholy, Sands Bethlehem
(484) 777-7563

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