Celebrity chef Suvir Saran has appeared on many shows, including “Top Chef Masters” and will be hosting the Cast Iron Chef Challenge during the 2012 Saratoga Wine and Food and Fall Ferrari Festival. He also has a farm in Hebron where he raises heritage breed chickens, among other animals. Submitted photo.
Saratoga Springs As the summer season winds down in Saratoga, a different type of act is coming to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
Visitors to the 2012 Saratoga Wine & Food and Fall Ferrari Festival on Sept. 7, 8 and 9 will be able to enjoy the park’s grounds along with some world-class cuisine, cars, fashion and of course, wine. Proceeds from the event will help support SPAC’s classical programs and educational components.
This year’s theme, Salute to Style, will have a little something for everyone and marks the festival’s 12th year. Ticket prices vary depending on what portion of the festival you wish to take in.
“I think it’s a great opportunity to give a great value when people want it most, and to experience SPAC in a whole different way,” said Marcia White, SPAC’s president and executive director.
The event is a major fundraiser for the venue’s classical and educational elements, which together have a price tag of around $3 million. The educational portion is especially important to the surrounding community and exposes the arts to kids, including through visits by NYC Ballet dancers to area schools.
According to Lisa Hill, a SPAC public relations specialist, monies for the programs are also raised through a combination of SPAC memberships, private gifts and corporate sponsorships. She added that last year’s Fall Festival saw 3,000 guests, with more expected this year.
The event has always featured wine and this year’s wine sponsor is Cantina di Canelli, a cooperative of more than 200 vine growers from Italy’s Piedmont region. The Italian Trade Commission will host a grand tasting at the Italian Pavilion and feature Italian wines and spirits along with gourmet items and delicacies prepared by the area chefs.
This year is also the first time SPAC has paired up with Saratoga Polo, which is hosting kick-off and finale events including a Sparkle for SPAC Sunday Brunch and exhibition Polo match.