Gillette Stadium to host Great American Food & Music Fest

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The Great American Food and Music Fest, a one-day event celebrating the rich traditions of classic American fare and music, will be held at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro later this month. Scheduled for Saturday, June 26, the festival will bring together purveyors of classic American food, celebrity chefs and musicians.

Topping the list of celebrity culinary talent are Paula Deen (restaurateur, author and television host), Tom Colicchio (host of Top Chef and recent recipient of the James Beard Foundation’s top honor), Pat and Gina Neely (co-owners of Neely’s Bar-B-Q and hosts of Down Home with the Neelys), and Duff Goldman (Ace Of Cakes star and master baker). The all-star team of chefs will be doing cooking demos that will highlight their celebrated skills as well as a few of their most prized dishes. For serious beer and wine lovers, the festival will include a tasting area, for an additional cost, that will boast an offering of the finest American wines and beers. Wine expert and New York Times best-selling author Gary Vaynerchuk, of Wine Library TV fame will also be on hand to share his knowledge with novices and connoisseurs alike. Additionally, a wide array of restaurants from across the country will be on site to sample their offerings.

The culinary presentations will be highlighted by live music from New Orleans legends Buckwheat Zydeco, American Idol sixth season finalist Melinda Doolittle, New Jersey’s Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes and local legends the Stompers.

General Admission tickets are now on sale through Ticketmaster for $42.50 ($52.50 on the day of the event). Fans can team up a purchase a special four-pack of tickets for $136 in advance ($150 on the day of the event). Grand Tasting tickets, which include access to the wine and beer samplings, are $110 in advance ($110 on the day of the event). Food is not included in the price of the ticket as each featured restaurant will sell on their own. Parking is included in the price of the ticket and children under 10 are free. A limited number of VIP/All-Access tickets will be sold for $600 and include a host of extra goodies for attendees including special meet and greet opportunities and all you can eat/drink pass for the entire day.

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