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SPAC Presents Reinvented Saratoga Wine & Food Festival

The October 4-5 event featured a brand-new farm-to-table Harvest Dinner on Friday night.

A toast at the "forest magic"-themed farm-to-table Harvest Dinner hosted by SPAC. (Francesco D'Amico)
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SPAC Presents Reinvented Saratoga Wine & Food Festival

The October 4-5 event featured a brand-new farm-to-table Harvest Dinner on Friday night.

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A sold out crowd enjoys the "forest magic"-themed farm-to-table Harvest Dinner. (Francesco D'Amico)

SPAC Presents Reinvented Saratoga Wine & Food Festival

The October 4-5 event featured a brand-new farm-to-table Harvest Dinner on Friday night.

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SPAC President and CEO Elizabeth Sobol welcomes the eager diners to the 2019 farm-to-table Harvest Dinner. (Francesco D'Amico)

SPAC Presents Reinvented Saratoga Wine & Food Festival

The October 4-5 event featured a brand-new farm-to-table Harvest Dinner on Friday night.

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CBS 6 news anchor Liz Bishop was among the Harvest Dinner attendees. (Francesco D'Amico)

SPAC Presents Reinvented Saratoga Wine & Food Festival

The October 4-5 event featured a brand-new farm-to-table Harvest Dinner on Friday night.

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A full house awaits the first course. (Francesco D'Amico)

SPAC Presents Reinvented Saratoga Wine & Food Festival

The October 4-5 event featured a brand-new farm-to-table Harvest Dinner on Friday night.

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Swedish band Kolonien takes the stage at the 2019 Saratoga Wine & Food Festival’s Grand Tasting. (Francesco D'Amico)

SPAC Presents Reinvented Saratoga Wine & Food Festival

The October 4-5 event featured a brand-new farm-to-table Harvest Dinner on Friday night.

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Perfect autumn weather kept the tables full at the Saratoga Wine & Food Festival. (Francesco D'Amico)

SPAC Presents Reinvented Saratoga Wine & Food Festival

The October 4-5 event featured a brand-new farm-to-table Harvest Dinner on Friday night.

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A One With Life Tequila cocktail at Saturday's Grand Tasting. (Francesco D'Amico)

SPAC Presents Reinvented Saratoga Wine & Food Festival

The October 4-5 event featured a brand-new farm-to-table Harvest Dinner on Friday night.

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A Grand Tasting attendee. (Francesco D'Amico)

SPAC Presents Reinvented Saratoga Wine & Food Festival

The October 4-5 event featured a brand-new farm-to-table Harvest Dinner on Friday night.

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Whiskey tasting at the Grand Tasting. (Francesco D'Amico)

SPAC Presents Reinvented Saratoga Wine & Food Festival

The October 4-5 event featured a brand-new farm-to-table Harvest Dinner on Friday night.

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The Heaven Hill Brand tasting booth. (Francesco D'Amico)

SPAC Presents Reinvented Saratoga Wine & Food Festival

The October 4-5 event featured a brand-new farm-to-table Harvest Dinner on Friday night.

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A dish at the Grand Tasting. (Francesco D'Amico)

SPAC Presents Reinvented Saratoga Wine & Food Festival

The October 4-5 event featured a brand-new farm-to-table Harvest Dinner on Friday night.

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Dave Arnold, mixologist, dean of culinary technology and co-owner of acclaimed Greenwich Village cocktail bar Existing Conditions. (Francesco D'Amico)

SPAC Presents Reinvented Saratoga Wine & Food Festival

The October 4-5 event featured a brand-new farm-to-table Harvest Dinner on Friday night.

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More than 100 vendors offered up samples at the Grand Tasting. (Francesco D'Amico)

SPAC Presents Reinvented Saratoga Wine & Food Festival

The October 4-5 event featured a brand-new farm-to-table Harvest Dinner on Friday night.

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Cape Classics Fine Wine offering samples. (Francesco D'Amico)

SPAC Presents Reinvented Saratoga Wine & Food Festival

The October 4-5 event featured a brand-new farm-to-table Harvest Dinner on Friday night.

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'saratoga living' contributing photographer with her exhibit, 'Love Compost,' which was on display at the Wine & Food Festival. (Francesco D'Amico)

SPAC Presents Reinvented Saratoga Wine & Food Festival

The October 4-5 event featured a brand-new farm-to-table Harvest Dinner on Friday night.

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The Saratoga Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting. (Francesco D'Amico)

SPAC Presents Reinvented Saratoga Wine & Food Festival

The October 4-5 event featured a brand-new farm-to-table Harvest Dinner on Friday night.

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The Stella Artois Silver Bullet. (Francesco D'Amico)

On October 4-5, Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) hosted its annual Saratoga Wine & Food Festival, which this year got a complete redesign. “We really needed to redefine the event to truly reflect what SPAC is and what our mission is,” SPAC President and CEO Elizabeth Sobol told saratoga living earlier this year. “I’ve always had my eye on moving in this direction, where we’re really celebrating the culinary and cultural bounty of the region. We took away all the elements that didn’t match up with our vision, presence and community, and went forward to really celebrating the arts.”

Besides being held a month later than usual, the main difference between this year’s event and past events was the brand-new farm-to-table Harvest Dinner on Friday night. The dinner, which had a “forest magic” theme, featured renowned regional chefs working alongside chefs from New York City and the UK; a sculpture garden curated by The Hyde Collection; music provided by Caffè Lena; and a photography exhibit by saratoga living contributing photographer Terri-Lynn Pellegri exploring food waste in Saratoga. This year, SPAC also introduced the Cultivate Series, which, through partnerships with Pitney Meadows and Skidmore College, presented free public events exploring sustainable agriculture, health and environmental justice in the week leading up to the festival.

Be sure to click through the above photo gallery by Francesco D’Amico for photos of Friday evening’s Harvest Dinner and Saturday’s always-popular Grand Tasting event. Bon Appétit!

Natalie Moore
Natalie Moore

Natalie Moore is the managing editor at saratoga living.

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