Grand Tasting & Seminars

Presented by FLY 92.3 B95.5

The Grand Tasting and Seminars will take place at the Albany Capital Center. The VIP ticket will include access to the Stoli Elite VIP Lounge presented by Total Events that will be pouring specialty cocktails made with Stoli’s Elite brands, Hors D’oeuvres prepared by a Festival Signature Chef, an opportunity to win 1 of 4 travel experiences. You will also have preferred access to the Macallan Raise the Glass seminar, which is anticipated to fill very quickly.

Friday, January 17, 2020

4:00PM – 8:00PM

  • Educational Seminars
  • Chef Demos
  • Craft Beer Pavilion
  • Rising Star Chef Pavilion | presented by the Times Union
  • Battle of the Bartenders: Manhattan Competition | presented by Woodford Reserve
  • Macallan “Raise the Glass” Tasting
  • The Woodford Experience
  • Stoli VIP Lounge | presented by Total Events

Saturday, January 18, 2020

12:00PM – 4:00PM

Craft Beer Pavilion

  Albany Capital Center

This event is included with the Friday and Saturday Grand Tasting & Seminars.

New York State has emerged as the national craft beer scene state to watch. More and more breweries are opening every month and with that comes new, fresh, local and innovative craft beers brewed with the passion of a great chef. With more than 200 breweries across the state…there is plenty to choose from! This year the craft beer pavilion will feature more than 30 different beers from 12 Local and NYS Breweries as well as Cider from 2 NYS Cideries. Be sure to swing into the craft beer pavilion and sample some of the finest NYS has to offer.

Find the list of participating Breweries and Cideries here!

Rising Star Chef Pavilion

Presented by The Times Union

  Albany Capital Center

This event is included with the Friday and Saturday Grand Tasting & Seminars.

The 2020 Rising Star Chefs will be featured in our Rising Star Chef Pavilion. The public nominated these chefs, the votes were cast, and a panel of judges reviewed them to determine the winners. Come see what the Capital Region’s brightest new culinary stars are cooking!

Battle of the Bartender:
Manhattan Competition

Presented by Woodford Reserve

  Albany Capital Center

  Friday, January 17, 2020 | 5:00PM – 7:00PM

This event is included with the Friday Grand Tasting & Seminars.

Day one of our Battle of the Bartender has Albany’s Finest Bartenders in a Manhattan challenge! Using Woodford Reserve, contestants will create unique cocktails to be reviewed by the judges. Your vote still matters though! The bartender with the highest percentage of Fan Votes will earn 30 additional points to their total score.

2020 Competitors – TBA Soon

See past winners here.

Battle of the Bartender:
Bloody Mary Competition

  Albany Capital Center

  Saturday, January 18, 2020 | 1:30PM – 3:30PM

This event is included with the Saturday Grand Tasting & Seminars.

Day two of our Battle of the Bartender has Albany’s Finest Bartenders in our Bloody Mary challenge! This was one of our most popular events last year. Using Stoli Vodka, contestants will create unique cocktails to be reviewed by the judges. You can Rock the Vote! The bartender with the highest percentage of Fan Votes will earn 30 additional points to their total score.

2020 Competitors – TBA Soon

See past winners here.

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Empire Merchants North is the exclusive wine and spirots sponsor of the Albany Chefs’ Food & Wine Festival. Please drink responsibly.