Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Festival Restaurant Week
June 3-12, 2021
The Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Festival has grown from its humble beginnings as a one-day tented event to a full weekend experience and now a virtually and limited in-person experience that stretches for 10 days.
In years past, it was the largest event of its kind in the region, showcasing cuisine from the area's top restaurants and wine from around the world to approximately 3,000 guests over two days.
Hosted by Northampton Community College and Wind Creek 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 Northampton Community Collegee (NCC) Foundation, and celebrate the tantalizing dining experiences available in the Lehigh Valley. Since the festival's inception, more than $2 million has been raised to help students. Sponsorship dollars and silent auction proceeds for this year's festival will directly benefit NCC students.
2021 Virtual Event | June 3, 2021
Plans are in the works for an online event featuring Chef Emeril Lagasse, the debut of Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Festival Restaurant Week, and an in-person "sponsors only" event showcasing restaurant favorites. The virtual program will air on Thursday, June 3, at 6:30 p.m., on the festival's website. It will feature an exclusive appearance by Chef Emeril Lagasse.
Several local chefs will prepare their top recipes for viewers, including Christopher Heath, executive corporate chef for Paxos Restaurants. Chris Cree, founder of Cree Wine Company, will provide insights on pairing the right wine with the right meal, and the Craig Thatcher Band will offer a special musical tribute to the festival, according to NCC.
A range of vineyard tours and a silent auction, allowing participants to bid on fine wines and travel experiences, will also be accessible on the festival website.
Festival sponsor Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits will provide virtual whiskey tastings featuring Maker's Mark, Maker's Mark 46, Knob Creek 9 year, and Basil Hayden's. Viewers can take out a specially prepared meal from NCC's Hampton Winds restaurant to dine on while watching the program.
Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Festival Restaurant Week | June 4 - 12, 2021
Select restaurants in the region will be offering specials throughout the week. Participating restaurants include blue, Burgers and More by Emeril, Emeril's Chop House, Melt, Top Cut Steakhouse, and Torre.
This year's festival will focus on a special salute to the hospitality industry, including those employees who have been hard hit during the pandemic.
No tickets are necessary for the virtual program. Details about the event, the Hampton Winds take out menu, lineup for Food & Wine Festival Restaurant Week, the silent auction, and video assets, will be shared soon.