Learn the culinary secrets of some of the region’s best Chefs.  In the past, our guests have included veterans from Hell’s Kitchen, Chef Wanted, Chopped, Iron Chef and other culinary television programs. We’ve also featured the Executive Chefs from the Hudson Valley’s best restaurants.  We offer cooking demonstrations all weekend and access to the demos is included in your Food Festival admission.

Check back soon to see who will be joining us for demonstrations in 2021

Debbie Gioquindo

Debbie Gioquindo
Debbie Gioquindo
Certified Travel Counselor, Certified Specialist of Wine, Wine Location Specialist in Port & Champagne

Join the Hudson Valley Wine Goddess herself, Debbie Gioquindo to learn about wine and wine pairings on our demo stage.

Debbie’s blog is featured on The Poughkeepsie Journal. She is a contributing writer for Hudson Valley Wine Magazine and Author of “Tapping the Hudson Valley” day trips and weekend itineraries visiting the craft beverage producers and the sights along the way.

Debbie Gioquindo aims to take the intimidation out of wine. She wants people to feel comfortable walking into a wine store to purchase a bottle based on what they like in a wine, enjoy it and share it with friends. In her reviews, Debbie gives a little history on the wine, winery and / or region. She is honest and straight forward and speaks to her audience as if discussing the topic at a cocktail party. Debbie also shares her wine pairings and recipes.

Debbie is chairperson of The Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition, she teaches wine appreciation in person and online and is a consultant with craft beverage producers and small business. Debbie is a wife and mother of two wonderful children and is proud to say that they too have an appreciation of wine. Debbie likes to cook, travel, fish, boating and downhill ski.

Chef Vincent Tropepe

Chef Vincent Tropepe – Vincent holds 13 different culinary certifications and 7 managerial and business certifications.

A longtime friend of the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest, Chef Vincent Tropepe is a Brooklyn, NY native. His deep Italian roots as well as the influence of his grandmothers have inspired him to become a chef. Vincent Tropepe has worked in every avenue of the food business. From prep cook, to dishwasher, line cook, sous chef as well as executive chef in some of the country’s top restaurants. He has also had his work featured in numerous newspapers, magazine, online magazines, and blogs. Vincent is also a published cookbook author with his first release titled, “From Behind the Kitchen Doors”