The Food & Wine Scene of Massachusetts

2021 Worcester Wine Festival Grand Tasting

August 28, 2021 at 12:00 pm 4:00 pm

What To Expect

VIP Admission (SOLD OUT)
Presented by Horizon Beverages

At noon, 150 VIP guests will be welcomed into Polar Park and invited onto the field (weather permitting) to walk the warning track to try hundreds of wines from around the world. For one hour they will be able to work their way through their palate before being invited into the DCU Club overlooking the ball park. At this time, they will be seated for a curated pairing menu with some exclusive wines not always accessible to consumers. Upon the completion of the dinner, guests are welcome to return to the field until last call at 3:30pm.

General Admission

The general admission ticket allows guests into Polar Park at 1:00pm. At this time, they are welcomed onto the outfield grass (heels not recommended) and warning track to taste hundreds of wines from around the world. The Grand Tasting will last until 3:30pm and will also include access to food vendors to help cleanse the palate between wines.

This event will take place rain or shine. In the situation of extreme heat or rain, the tasting will be held under the cover of the concourse instead of the grass. Water stations and paid food services will be available throughout the event. This event is for 21+ (designated drivers included) and valid ID must be presented during admission.

Since its inception in 2017, the Worcester Wine Festival has brought together thousands of food and wine enthusiasts to New England’s second largest city to celebrate wine. Consumers, both casual and professionals, have been able to enjoy over 600 quality wines during the tasting and because of the incredible representation of vineyards, wineries, distributors, and more, with the re-opening of the commonwealth, we’re thrilled to be able to celebrate wine at Polar Park in Worcester on Saturday, August 28th.

Who can you expect this year?

We are currently processing applications in the order in which they arrive, here are a few that we’ve hand selected for 2021: 90+ Cellars, Pisco Alegre, Sail to Trail WineWorks, The Hess Collection, The Sangria Lady, Freixenet Mionetto, M.S. Walker, Inc., Wine Hooligans, Frank Family Vineyards, VINTUS, Terroir Wines, Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits, Michael David Winery, Cline Cellars, Blue Ventures Wine Marketing, Nomade Wines & Vineyards, The Wine Group, Rutherford Wine Company, Horizon Beverage, Dalla Terra, Albert Bichot, Kobrand Fine Wine, Gerard Bertrand, Wx Brands, Horizon Beverage Company, Charles River Wine Co, Cape Classics – Jam Jar Wines, Constellation Brands, J Lohr Vineyards & Wines, Hand Picked Selection, 3 Badge Enology, Folio Donnafugata Wines, Elevation Wine Company, Wine-Cask Imports, Elevage Collection, DAOU Vineyards, Masciarelli Wine Company, La Crema, Winebow-Pioneer, Taub Family Selections, Hardwick Vineyard and Winery, Ole & Obrigado, Ahtel Wines, Klinker Brick Winery, Hahn Family Wines, Commonwealth Wine and Spirits (Martignetti Companies), IBG Wines, Trinchero Family Estates, KrafTea Kombucha Company, Broadbent Selections, Pali Wine Company, Oz Wine Company, Z. Alexander Brown, MS Walker Brands & Estates, Ideal Wine & Spirits Co., Hangtime Wholesale Wine, Highland Distributing, Inc., Punch Pops, The Duckhorn Portfolio, Faustino, M Touton Selections, Baystate Wine & Spirits, Hogshead Wine Co., Trellis, and Wente Family Estates.

Wines can be purchased before, during, and after the Grand Tasting through Julio’s Liquors. For the most seamless experience, please download their app and register (from the App Store and Google Play) prior to the event so you can add the bottles that you like to your cart while tasting!

Enjoy over 500 quality wines, right on the field of Polar Park!

Past Worcester Wine Festival Grand Tastings

Details

Date:
August 28
Time:
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Event Category:

Polar Park

122 Madison Street
Worcester, MA United States
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Signature Wine Dinner with Frank Family Vineyards

August 27, 2021 at 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

To celebrate the return of the Worcester Wine Festival’s Grand Tasting, we’ve teamed up with Frank Family Vineyards to celebrate wine in a kick-off Signature Wine Dinner at Russo Italian Restaurant in Worcester. Each of the courses, created by Executive Chef Tim Russo, will be hand paired with fine wines from the coveted Frank Family Vineyards. Join Frank Family Vineyards’ Northeast Manager, Liza Gallia, along with food and wine connoisseurs from around the region for an exceptional evening in celebrating food and wine.

1st Course: 2019 Carneros Chardonnay with Seared Skate, Yellow Tomatoes, Gremolata

2nd Course: 2019 Carneros Pinot Noir with Thyme Roasted Mushrooms, Guanciale, Celery Leaf, Egg

3rd Course: 2018 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with Duck Breast, Asian Greens, Plum 

4th Course: 2017 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve with Grilled Lamb, Watercress, Potato, Cipollini Onion

5th Course: 2018 Napa Valley Zinfandel with Dulce de Leche, Burnt Blueberry, Milk Chocolate, Tuile 

$125

Russo Italian Restaurant

65 Water Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01604 United States
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(774) 243-1377
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Tickets

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El Morocco was known as the hot spot in Worcester (From the collections of the Worcester Historical Museum – Worcester, MA) Food Feed

A Note about “A Taste Of Worcester History”

Attention ticket holders for the 2020 “A Taste Of Worcester History!” Obviously, COVID has thrown a wrench into our plans to host the event to celebrate Worcester’s food culture from a historical standpoint. It was our intention to do a social wine tasting that pairs food and wine within the Worcester Historical Museum—the event would celebrate the founding cultures of the city while promoting today’s great chefs. We fully expect to host this event in the near future, however, we aren’t certain how it will look given the impact the pandemic has had on many of the restaurants in the region.

We’re sorry for the inconvenience and are hopeful that you join us for the “A Taste of Worcester History” once we can safely do so.

Food News

As the Country opens, so will the wine bottles.

Like every other organization, business, and person, last year was fairly quiet on the Mass Food & Wine front. Our events, A Taste of Worcester History, Willy Wonka Wine Dinners, Santa’s Sleigh, and more, were all postponed as we planned for the best interests to allow our chefs, wine experts, and industry partners to focus on preserving their restaurants and businesses and consumers and guests stay safe.

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be announcing our 2021 Worcester Wine Festival dates in the coming months and will be selling tickets shortly!

For those who purchased tickets to A Taste of Worcester History, we will be planning that event—albeit looking a little differently. We will offer ticket holders to hold onto those tickets for the future event or complimentary upgrade their tickets for the 2021 Worcester Wine Festival.

Although this year may not be full throttle, we’re looking forward to the Worcester Wine Festival to start the celebration of food and wine in Central Massachusetts and lead a year of events to satisfy your palate!

Stay hungry,

Luke, Ed, & Joe

A Taste of Worcester History *** Postponed ***

Because of concerns of the COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, this event has been further postponed until we receive guidance from the state. The event will happen in 2020, and all ticket holders will be admitted with the originally issued tickets. Once we have the finalized date, we will announce it here!

A Taste of Worcester History is created to pay homage to Worcester’s past restaurants and chefs through an interactive festival-style tasting with today’s chefs interpreting dishes of Worcester’s cultures hosted at the Worcester Historical Museum. Six chefs, known for their extraordinary culinary skills, will be highlighting a dish based on Worcester’s cultural heritage. Chef Tim Russo of Lock 50/Russo will focus on Syrian; Mark Hawley of Worcester Restaurant Group on Italian; Robert Fecteau, executive chef, baker and co-owner of BirchTree Bread Company will present Polish; Director of Operations Chef Bill Nemeroff of BT’s Smokehouse on Jewish; Executive Chef Chris Smigel of MGM Springfield preparing American; and Chef Jared Forman of deadhorse hill will prepare a dish inspired by the French immigrants. Each food tasted will be paired with a tasting of wine.

The tasting will conclude with a special award presentation of the first Mass Food & Wine Lifetime Achievement Award. The award, created to recognize a prominent figure or restaurant in the Commonwealth’s food history, will be presented to Naphie Samara on behalf of Worcester’s most iconic restaurant, the El Morocco. Naphie is one of the Aboody’s nine children and an integral part of the restaurant’s growth from its opening in 1943, its expansion in 1977, through its sale in the early 1990s. As the last surviving member of the Aboody family, it’s with great honor to be able to recognize the El Morocco, for being such an important part of Worcester’s cultural, and culinary, history, through her lifetime of work.

A portion of ticket sales will directly benefit the Worcester Historical Museum.

Please note that this is not a seated dinner with timed courses, but instead a walk-about event for each chef and pairing. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Fine Print: Last call 30-minutes prior to end of the event. No re-admission. Must bring printed or digital ticket for entry. Tickets are non-transferable and not refundable. 21+ event, with valid ID required for admission.

Food News

A Year of Food & Wine

Two local organizations – MassFoodies™ and the Worcester Wine Festival™ – have merged to create a new brand – Mass Food & Wine™. The new organization began operation on January 1, 2020 with a mission of coordinating, promoting and executing world-class food and wine events throughout Massachusetts. The events are designed to entertain and inspire consumers, recognize culinary leaders and support the community.

Mass Food & Wine will combine the efforts of both previous organizations and continue to execute the many successful events they have become known for in the past. Their 2020 schedule will kick-off on April 4th, 2020 with a brand new event: “A Taste of Worcester History”. This festival-style, walk-around food and wine tasting will be held in conjunction with the Worcester Historical Museum and will feature regional chefs paying homage to Worcester’s wide-ranging ethnic food background. In addition, they will present their first annual Mass Food & Wine Lifetime Achievement Award to a prominent figure in Worcester’s culinary history.

The Mass Food & Wine 2020 schedule of events includes neighborhood Wine Walks, the Worcester Wine Festival, a Willy Wonka-themed dinner and the ever popular Santa’s Sleigh Trolley Ride. Other more intimate dinners and events will be scheduled throughout the year.

All Mass Food & Wine events are open to the public, but an Annual Membership can be purchased. The Annual Membership allows a member access to all event tickets before the general public, a discount price on many event tickets, exclusive offers from Mass Food & Wine sponsors, complimentary general admission tickets to the Worcester Wine Festival Grand Tasting and other benefits. 

Mass Food & Wine will also continue to publish original written and video content on their website curated around unique food and wine offerings in Massachusetts. For more information about events, memberships and to read and view new content, visit MassFoodAndWine.com.

Santa’s Sleigh: Worcester’s Restaurant Trolley Tour #2 2019

Sometimes, we all need a little holiday spirit as we enter into the Christmas season. Join Mass Foodies on Wednesday, December 4th as we board Santa’s Sleigh, a festive snow-white trolley, to explore some of Worcester’s best-decorated restaurants! Not unlike Santa’s journey from house to house delivery presents, the Mass Foodies Christmas Tour will travel from restaurant to restaurant to enjoy food, drink, and merriment! Looking to really enjoy the evening? Thanks to our friends at the AC Hotel by Marriott Worcester, they will be validating parking and offering a discounted room rate for the evening ($139 — call Robin by 11/22 to book at 774-420-7555 153)!

  • AC Hotel by Marriott Worcester — Registration begins at 6:00pm with cash bar before loading onto Santa’s Sleigh promptly at 6:30pm.
  • Greater Good Brewing — After enjoying a festival libation on board, we’ll start at Greater Good’s TOAST Kitchen paired with a special brew from Greater Good’s tap room.
  • Russo Italian RestaurantIn the Canal District, we will be taking over the wine room at Russo with some Christmas cheer as we enjoy Italian food and a glass of wine from Worcester’s newest Italian restaurant.
  • Still & Stir  — Celebrate the re-opening of Niche Hospitality’s Still & Stir with a palate cleansing gourmet cheese board and vegetable hummus platter while enjoying their Christmas pop-up, Miracle. (Cash bar available)
  • 110 Grill  — A quick ride downtown, we’ll stop into 110 Grill for more food and cash bar before we say good-night and write letters to Santa. 
  • AC Hotel by Marriott Worcester  —  A quick walk from 110 Grill, we’ll conclude the evening with a small bite and hot cocao-styled drink in the AC Hotel by Marriott Worcester’s lounge before going to bed wondering if Santa will receive our letters in time for Christmas. 

The fine print: this event is strictly limited to 35 participants and sold in a first-come, first served basis. As with all Mass Foodies events, all sales are final—refunds and exchanges will not be available unless the event is fully canceled. Due to the complexity of the event, dietary adjustments cannot be made. Attendees must be 21+ with proper identification. Each stop will enjoy cash bar in addition to scheduled food and drink. 

 

 

90+ Cellars will be providing complimentary pairings with each seated course.

Santa’s Sleigh: Worcester’s Restaurant Trolley Tour 2019

Sorry, this trolley is sold out. Please consider tickets for the Wednesday, December 4th trolley.

Sometimes, we all need a little holiday spirit as we enter into the Christmas season. Join Mass Foodies on Tuesday, December 3rd as we board Santa’s Sleigh, a festive snow-white trolley, to explore some of Worcester’s best-decorated restaurants! Not unlike Santa’s journey from house to house delivery presents, the Mass Foodies Christmas Tour will travel from restaurant to restaurant to enjoy food, drink, and merriment! Looking to really enjoy the evening? Thanks to our friends at the AC Hotel by Marriott Worcester, they will be validating parking and offering a discounted room rate for the evening ($139 — call Robin by 11/22 to book at 774-420-7555 153)!

  • AC Hotel by Marriott Worcester — Registration begins at 6:00pm with cash bar before loading onto Santa’s Sleigh promptly at 6:30pm.
  • Greater Good Brewing — After enjoying a festival libation on board, we’ll start at Greater Good’s TOAST Kitchen paired with a special brew from Greater Good’s tap room.
  • Russo Italian RestaurantIn the Canal District, we will be taking over the wine room at Russo with some Christmas cheer as we enjoy Italian food and a glass of wine from Worcester’s newest Italian restaurant.
  • Still & Stir  — Celebrate the re-opening of Niche Hospitality’s Still & Stir with a palate cleansing gourmet cheese board and vegetable hummus platter while enjoying their Christmas pop-up, Miracle. (Cash bar available)
  • 110 Grill  — A quick ride downtown, we’ll stop into 110 Grill for more food and cash bar before we say good-night and write letters to Santa. 
  • AC Hotel by Marriott Worcester  —  A quick walk from 110 Grill, we’ll conclude the evening with a small bite and hot cocao-styled drink in the AC Hotel by Marriott Worcester’s lounge before going to bed wondering if Santa will receive our letters in time for Christmas. 

The fine print: this event is strictly limited to 35 participants and sold in a first-come, first served basis. As with all Mass Foodies events, all sales are final—refunds and exchanges will not be available unless the event is fully canceled. Due to the complexity of the event, dietary adjustments cannot be made. Attendees must be 21+ with proper identification. Each stop will enjoy cash bar in addition to scheduled food and drink. 

 

Sorry, this trolley is sold out. Please consider tickets for the Wednesday, December 4th trolley.

 

90+ Cellars will be providing complimentary pairings with each seated course.

Vaillancourt Christkindlesmarkt & Artisan Show

Promoted Event: Click for tickets.

Celebrate the season with a traditional German Christmas Market in the quintessential New England town of Sutton!

As Vaillancourt Folk Art celebrates 35 years of traditions, we’re pleased to present our first retail show that will feature the industries most respected and detailed artists. When Vaillancourt Folk Art first began their business, it was through exhibiting at Artisan shows around the country. This Christkindlesmarkt & Artisan Showis a tip of the hat to our formidable years, while being able to offer some of the highest quality American Artists within a space decorated to resemble the German Christmas markets. While the Vaillancourt Retail Gallery will import exceptionally high quality German products, the main event is the Mass Live sponsored Artisan Retail Stalls,built to house some of America’s finest craftspeople.

In addition to the Mass Live sponsored Artisan Retail Stalls, Vaillancourt’s production studio will be transformed to an intimate indoor marketplace with The Queen’s Cupsselling gingerbread and Christmas cookies and sponsored vendors showing their Christmas spirit. Outdoors, under an open sided tent, the Food & Beverage Pavilion will be decorated with live Christmas trees while the smells of Stillman Quality Meats‘ German Sausages mingles through the air with traditional German pastries—Apfelstrudel, Peffernuesse, Baumkuchen, Spekulatius, Hazelnut Corners, and Schupfnudeln—sold by Fraulein’s Bakery. In addition to food available for sale, there will be a selection of fine Christmas beers, the 2019 limited edition Vaillancourt Christmas Wine, and a German imported glühwein for sale—limited quantities of the glühwein collector’s mug will be available to Friday’s VIP admission!

Promoted Event: Click for tickets.

Food News

Publisher’s Letter: “Check Please! Goodbye, Mass Foodies… Hello, Mass…

Mass Foodies and the Worcester Wine Festival will be merging into Mass Food & Wine in an effort to focus on coordinating, promoting, and executing world class food and wine events in Massachusetts with exclusive dinners and grand tastings effective January 2020.

When I started Mass Foodies in 2007 (then called WorcesterScene.com), the goal was to have one website that aggregated—and provided a free digital footprint for—the restaurants in Worcester. What began as a passion project quickly turned into a business after a year when I was joined by a business partner, talented contributors, photographers, and many friends who shared an affinity for the region’s culinary palates. Like all businesses, Mass Foodies has seen years of flourishing as well as weathering through the quieter news cycles. Today, the region continues to be infatuated with Worcester’s evolving food scene and, in stride, Mass Foodies has helped lead with events and content that offered insights for restaurant guests, advice and promotions for restaurant owners, and, above all, unique experiences for everyone. The products Mass Foodies curated were always aligned with its mission: to support and promote the independently owned businesses.

A few short years ago, I partnered with a few individuals to create the region’s first wine festival. The Worcester Wine Festival proved to be a tremendous success in every way we measured it. Even more so, it was fun.

In an effort to be more efficient in life and business, my partners from both Mass Foodies and Worcester Wine Festival made a strategic decision to merge both companies—bringing together the best of both, aligned with a leadership team, which includes Ed Russo and Joseph Giacobbe, that will focus on continuing the growth of the existing reputations of both organizations through the company, Mass Food & Wine.

Effective January 2020, you’ll notice that the branding will be switched and events that were formerly managed by Mass Foodies and the Worcester Wine Festival will be managed by Mass Food & Wine. Even more exciting, with a larger bandwidth, we’ll be introducing several other small events and new original content, all curated around food and wine—including, but not limited to, a food event focused on Worcester’s history; Worcester Wine Walks to bridge the gap of Worcester’s neighborhoods; and wine dinners that will promote the region’s most respected chefs and celebrate some of the world’s greatest wines.

Although Mass Foodies will cease to exist, I can promise that Mass Food & Wine will be better positioned to execute world class food and wine events, right here in the heart of New England.

Stay hungry,

Luke M. Vaillancourt
Publisher