The Aftermath: Westchester Magazine’s 5th Wine and Food Festival | Valhalla, NY

Last Saturday, hubby and I went to Westchester Magazine’s 5th Wine and Food Festival’s Grand Tasting Village at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla, NY. It was a beautiful yet windy Saturday, but the Grand Tasting Village was a fantastic event to attend. It’s just too bad that we live too far to attend the weekday events.

Anyway, I will let the photos do the talking in this recap. Everything we tried was just delicious. Feast your eyes on these!

L'Inizio's mortadella mousse with caramelized onion

L’Inizio’s mortadella mousse with caramelized onion

L'Inizio's arugula salad with charred octopus

L’Inizio’s arugula salad with charred octopus

Blue Tulip Chocolates' creation

Blue Tulip Chocolates’ creation

Such pretty chocolates from Blue Tulip Chocolates!

Such pretty chocolates from Blue Tulip Chocolates!

Rivermarket Bar and Kitchen’s Goat Cheese Parfait was my most favorite that day. Mind you, that doesn’t mean the other food were meh. But the work behind this food was just astounding. Every ingredient was meticulously tended.

Rivermarket Bar & Kitchen's Goat Cheese Parfait

Rivermarket Bar & Kitchen’s Goat Cheese Parfait

Just beautiful. Moving on. . .

Crabtree Kittle House's House-Smoked Beaverkill Trout with dancing dog farm kale, banatka wheat and fresh horseradish

Crabtree Kittle House’s House-Smoked Beaverkill Trout with dancing dog farm kale, banatka wheat and fresh horseradish

Empire City's Farmer's Terrine served on garlic toast with chicken liver mousse and micro greens

Empire City’s Farmer’s Terrine served on garlic toast with chicken liver mousse and micro greens

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Dan Rooney's chocolate cupcake topped with toffee popcorn

Dan Rooney’s chocolate cupcake topped with toffee popcorn

Nonno's Trattoria's Goat Ragu Pansotti with hazelnut, chickpea, mini crumbs and olive dust

Nonno’s Trattoria’s Goat Ragu Pansotti with hazelnut, chickpea, mini crumbs and olive dust

Raw scallop at the bottom, pickled cherries, cod oil covered with a potato chip from Good-Life Gourmet

Raw scallop at the bottom, pickled cherries, cod oil covered with a potato chip from Good-Life Gourmet

Penny Lick Ice Cream's Maple Salted Caramel ice cream

Penny Lick Ice Cream’s Maple Salted Caramel ice cream

We also watched two celebrity chefs at the New York-Presbyterian Chef Demo & Farmers Market Tent. This is Ms. Leslie Lampert of Cafe of Love.

Ms. Leslie Lampert of Cafe of Love

Ms. Leslie Lampert of Cafe of Love

An hour later, six-time World Pizza Champion Bruno DiFabio of Amore Cucina and Bar did his demo on how to make homemade dough and wild pesto.

Mr. Bruno DiFabio of Amore Cucina and Bar

Mr. Bruno DiFabio of Amore Cucina and Bar

Hubby and I have been planning to visit Amore Cucina and Bar in Stamford, but this day, we finally tasted a slice of Mr. DiFabio’s pizza. Delicious!

Pizza slice sample from Mr. Bruno DiFabio

Pizza slice sample from Mr. Bruno DiFabio

I had to take a picture of these bowls. Love ’em!

Lovely bowls from The Misshapened Bowl

Lovely bowls from The Misshapened Bowl

Among the excellent discovery that day was Larchmont Charcuterie. We sampled four of their products – Smoky Magret de Canard (smoked duck breast), Pork Saucisson Sec, Beef Saucisson Sec and Beef Bresaola (Prosciutto), then bought two. Now we’re planning to go to Larchmont to buy more.

Courtesy of Larchmont Charcuterie

Courtesy of Larchmont Charcuterie

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How about some good-lookin’ cars? Oh yeah!

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There were many top-shelf wines that we went from one booth to the next, sippin’ and samplin’ to our hearts’ content.

Westchester Magazine’s 5th Wine and Food Festival was a four-day celebration of good food, good wine and to our surprise, even good cars! By the end of the event, we came to the same conclusion: we’ve got to discover more of what Westchester County has to offer! Westchester County, you’ve kept your secrets from us pretty well.

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