As the second half of our name would suggest, the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival highlights some of the best food in the area. Since it’s inception in 2001, our food festival has featured lots of unique gourmet specialty food vendors. You can find everything from farm fresh cheeses, farm raised meats, salsas, BBQ sauce, pasta, pasta sauce, dip mixes, drink mixes, soup mixes, pastries, baked goods, maple syrup, candy, nuts, granola, olive oils and more. In addition, we host some of the region’s most unique Food Trucks & food concessions, we have fantastic Cooking Demonstrations that go on throughout the food festival weekend.
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.
2019 Demonstrating Chefs
We are thrilled to welcome our demonstrating chefs for 2019! Check back closer to the Fest to find out exact demonstration times.
Chef Roshni Gurnani
2009 Food Network Chopped Champion Roshni Gurnani is a native of Canada. Roshni has always been interested and passionate about food. Since the tender age of 7 she wanted to be a chef and her career began at the age of 13. She started her path to become a chef at a local diner bussing tables and prepping vegetables. After graduating from The Culinary Institute of Canada, Roshni began her travels around the world to gain knowledge and experience in different cultures and foods. She has cooked in 5 star hotels, Country Clubs, restaurants, colleges and private homes is Asia, UK, Canada and the US. Today Roshni is a highly innovative and passionate chef with over 15 years of industry experience. She has a unique fusion style of cooking, blending different cultures together. Her hard work and dedication has brought her to where she is today. When she isn’t traveling the world, Roshni is a Culinary Professor at the Art Institute of America in Houston Texas. She is also a chef consultant and private chef. She feels that “there is never an end to flavors and food. Food is a journey not a destination”.
Chef Marcus Giuliano
Chef Marcus Giuliano is the Chef/Owner of Aroma Thyme Bistro a Hudson Valley Farm to Table restaurant in Ellenville, NY. Chef Marcus has mastered the ability to turn natural, whole food into something beautiful and flavorful. Aroma Thyme Bistro offers an innovative menu of focused, natural cuisine that will reflect balance and well-being. Guiliano’s consistent objective is to create meals that achieve impact through focusing on pure ingredients and limiting manipulation.
Aroma Thyme bistro opened in 2003 in Ellenville, NY. Being green minded since day one, Aroma Thyme was the first Certified Green Restaurant in upstate New York. The restaurant is all about supporting local, but beyond that they pride themselves in small independent brands from all over the globe. Marcus Guiliano is an award winning chef who was named “One of the Five Top Food Activists Making a Change” from One Green Planet. This award, along with many others, is evident from the gourmet sustainable socially responsible cuisine Aroma Thyme serves. The restaurant has also been flooded with wards ranging from “Best New Restaurant”, “Best Organic Restaurant”, “Best Beer Events”, Wine Spectator “Award Winning Wine List” and Trip Advisors number one restaurant in their area. You can keep up with Chef Marcus on his blog ChefonaMission.com.
Chef Dana Johnson
Chef Dana Johnson has been Relishing food since 2000.
For the last 14 years, she has owned and operated restaurants in both Greene and Columbia Counties. Just this past year she opened Relish Delights at 291 Main Street in Catskill NY. She is also available to cater your special events as well as offering consulting services and cooking classes. Find her at ChefD623.com
Chef D’s achievements include:
- The Best Of Hudson Valley 2015 – Best Restaurant Columbia County
- Best Dish Bronze Medal Winner 2011 from Ginsberg’s Food Service
- The Greater Sense of Place: Demonstrated nutrition, food safety, and cooking at Catskill Middle School
- Maintained Four and Five-star ratings on Yelp, Trip Advisor and Facebook for her restaurants
- Private Catering up to one hundred guests including multiple celebrity weddings
- Created her own line of spice blends- Chef D’s Blends available online
- BeLo Third Business organization member
- Taste Of Hudson Participant
- Chef D is ServSafe certified
Chef Vincent Tropepe
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”
Vincent holds 13 different culinary certifications and 7 managerial and business certifications.
Arlyn Osborne is a Recipe Developer for The Food Network and has appeared on Genius Kitchen and Spoon University, their millennial sister brands. She also hosts the YouTube channel, The Millennial Kitchen.
Arlyn is a member of the Culinary Historians of New York. She is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York City and has worked with Amazon, Food & Wine Magazine, Spoon University, The James Beard Foundation, NBC and more.
Arlyn lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband and can be spotted at a local Farmer’s Market almost every weekend.
Keep up with Arlyn’s culinary adventures on Instagram: @arlynosborne