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.
Participating for 2020
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’s love of food and attraction to the kitchen began during childhood, raised by a mom that loved to cook and entertain. At the age of 24, Johnson was still in search of a career when a friend’s words, “Get paid to do what you love.” encouraged her to begin her culinary journey.
In 2000, Chef Dana Johnson did just that as she began a private education under Chef Larry Chu in New Paltz, NY, where she spent the next four years refining her culinary techniques while her cooking skills flourished and her style developed. At the age of 29, Johnson took the leap into ownership, opening her first café, and has since owned and operated restaurants in both Columbia and Greene counties for the past 15 years.
In 2017, Johnson took a break from the everyday grind and established Chef D’s Private Chef and Consulting Company, allowing her to pursue her creativity outside of the restaurant atmosphere. During this time, Johnson explored retailing the spice blends she uses to compliment her culinary creations. She began Chef D’s Spice Blends (a small-batch operation), filling jars with global flavors, and helping to excite home cooks to add worlds of adventure to their meals.
2020 brought a renewed vision as Chef Dana Johnson, was missing the excitement of the kitchen, and the buzz of a crowded dining room. Relish Delights was designed, built, and opened in Hudson, NY. Johnson presents dishes in her rustic style, sourcing honest ingredients and melding them with global inspiration, as she infuses food with love.
Chef Kevin DesChenes
Executive Chef, “Private Chef to The Stars” & Author of “Beyond My Chef Coat” Kevin Des Chenes has over 24 years of experience in the Hospitality industry.
He was named “Top Chef” by Las Vegas Food & Wine and is the winner of “Top Celebrity Chef Showdown” He has been a Chef Expert for Gordon Ramsey and appeared as a Featured Chef on Food Network’s Chef Wanted, Beat Bobby Flay & Great Food Truck Race, as well as The Today Show, Nationally Syndicated Better Show, CT Style, Pickler & Ben, Fox Morning Show & The Rhode Show among others. He is also an advocate for such charities as Boston Children’s Hospital & The Light Foundation. Chef Kevin’s creativity in the kitchen & on the screen has not gone unnoticed. Having served as Executive Chef at such New England landmarks as 156 Bistro, Centro Martini & Washington Square Tavern, He has since Launched a successful Event Production, Consultant & Private Chef Company and become one of the most sought after Chef’s in the industry, working with some great people including; John Legend, Giuliana Rancic, Kathie Lee & Hoda, Isiah Thomas, Jim Courier, Little Big Town, Various New England Patriots & Red Sox players and coaches, among others. You never know what he’ll do next so keep your eyes peeled for this seasoned Chef, and if you find him in a city near you take your taste buds on an Epic Journey with Chef Kev D!
Keep up with Chef Kev D at www.chefkevd.com or on Twitter @Chefkevd