CINCINNATI -- Tickets for a new fine food and beverage festival coming to Over-the-Rhine are now on sale.
The inaugural Cincinnati Food + Wine Classic will take place Sept. 12-13 in Washington Park.
The event features more than 40 local businesses from the food, wine and beer industries.
The festival will also feature interactive demonstrations, seminars, a competition and more.
Co-founders Courtney Tsitouris and Donna Covrett said they created the event because they wanted to celebrate Cincinnati’s food heritage and all the new restaurants that exploded onto the scene in recent years.
“This is a two-day epicurean event designed to capture the energy and enthusiasm of Cincinnati’s dynamic food scene,” Tsitouris said via a release. “We’re showcasing local culinary talent and ingredients alongside nationally recognized chefs, wine and spirit experts, beer connoisseurs, authors, journalists, and network personalities.”
Each day of the event will feature a completely different selection of tastings.
Friday will feature a grand tasting and “pork chopped” competition. The organizers said local and national chefs will compete by entering their best pork-inspired dishes.
Celebrity judges include Keith Pandolfi (Saveur), Andrew Knowlton (Bon Appétit), and Francis Lam (Top Chef Masters). Ticket prices for that event will be $125.
The Saturday grand tasting will feature food from Cincinnati and the Midwest from local, regional and national talent. Tickets for that tasting are $125.
An all-access pass to Saturday’s events and programs including more than 30 demonstrations, seminars, panels and more -- including admission to the grand tasting -- will cost $190.
A pass to Saturday’s programs, as well as the tastings for Friday and Saturday night will be $290.
A VIP pass to all the events, plus an exclusive lounge with food from chef Renee Schuler of Eat Well Celebrations, craft cocktails from Molly Wellmann, Aaron Strasser, Rom Wells, and Catherine Manabat; admission to one of the five themed after-parties and more costs $390.
Patrons looking for more budget-minded options can go to a brunch featuring six rising food stars in Cincinnati. Tickets for the Rising Stars brunch cost $50.
To get into the “Speakeasy in the City” event, festivalgoers will have to pay $50. The speakeasy event will feature a venue “you’ve never experienced before” as well as bathtub gin and cocktails served by Rom Wells, with bites from Nick Marckwald (Hen of the Woods).
The co-founders said they’ve received interest from national publications such as Food & Wine, New York Times, USA Today and Travel & Leisure.
For more information about the festival or to buy tickets, go to: www.cincinnatifoodandwineclassic.com .