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Wine & Food Festival



Wine & Food Festival Events

Wine, Dine and Punch Lines

Friday, September 12
6:30 PM | Registration
7:00 - 8:00 PM | Reception in Mezzanine
8:00 - 10:00 PM | Comedy Show in Castilian

$96 per person (includes tax and gratuity)

Kick-off a wonderful weekend of food and wine! Join us for a reception hosted by Cesare Benvenuto from Pio Cesare featuring wine selections and a themed dinner menu including international and domestic cheeses and pasta and carving stations. Then enjoy a selection of Italian desserts and the lighter side of wine with "Something To Wine About," a comedy show featuring Laurie Forster, The Stand Up Sommelier.

Vine to Wine at Waltz Vineyards

Saturday, September 13
8:30 -9:00 AM | Registration and coffee reception in Overlook
9:15 AM - 1:30 PM | Waltz Vineyards Tour and Tasting (shuttle departs The Hotel Hershey at 9:15 AM and returns at 1:30 PM)

$54 per person with box lunch (includes tax and gratuity)

This unique experience starts with a personal vineyard tour of Waltz Vineyards Estate Winery in nearby Lancaster County, followed by a walk-through of the winemaking process by owners Jan and Kimberly Waltz. The morning will culminate with a tasting of their wines accompanied by local cheeses, crackers, and chocolates in their inviting tasting room. Transportation to and from The Hotel Hershey and box lunch included. Outdoor dress and comfortable shoes for walking the vineyard are suggested.

Yards Beer Tasting and Home Brew Seminar

Saturday, September 13
2:00 - 4:00 PM | Starlight Ballroom

$48 per person (includes tax and gratuity)

New this year, learn all about the home brewing process and have the opportunity to taste beer with Yards Brewery Ultimate Home Brewer, Andrew Howard and Head Brewer, Tim Roberts.

Villa Maria Wine Dinner

Saturday, September 13
6:00 - 7:00 PM | Reception in Mezzanine
7:00 - 10:00 PM | Dinner in Castilian

$118 per person (includes tax and gratuity)

Hosted by New Zealand Winemaker Helen Morrison from Villa Maria Wines, the evening begins with a reception in the Mezzanine followed by dinner in the Castilian. Enjoy a delicious 5 course-meal paired with 4-5 wines as you hear directly from the winemaker and mingle with the fellow wine enthusiasts at your table.

VIP Winemaker Breakfast

Sunday, September 14
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Blue Mountain Cottage

$30 per person (includes tax and gratuity)

Join us to start your day of wine and food tasting with a breakfast buffet and Mimosa bar hosted by Wine Festival winemakers Cesare Benvenuto, Amy Thorne, Jan Waltz and Helen Morrison and brewers Andrew Howard and Tim Roberts. Grand Tasting registration and wristband pick up available during breakfast.

The Grand Tasting

Sunday, September 14
12:00 - 4:00 PM | The Hotel Hershey Formal Gardens

$65 per person (includes tax and gratuity)
$20 per designated driver (includes tax and gratuity)

Stroll the beautiful gardens of The Hotel Hershey while sampling over 60 international and domestic wines poured by official vintner representatives and beers from several local breweries paired with delicious culinary samplings and desserts from our award-winning chefs. Live jazz entertainment provided by Jazz Me. Presented rain or shine.

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