ALBANY, N.Y. -- In January, accomplished chefs from around the Capital Region will participate in the fifth annual Albany Chefs' Food and Wine Festival.
This year's event will be held from January 16 through 18. Local bars and restaurants will participate in an effort to raise money for non-profit arts programs around the region.
The festival will bring together more than 70 chefs and more than 25- wine, spirit, and craft beer companies. The proceeds will benefit Albany Barn, the Capital Repiratory Theater, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, and Park Playhouse.
According to Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings, this even is important to help preserve arts programs.
"We have a lot to offer our Capital City. We have a lot to be proud of. We should be telling that story. That's what we should be talking about. Focusing on the positive things in this city," said Mayor Jennings. "I've tried to do that for 20 years. And after I leave on December 31st I'm still going to be talking about what a great city we have. Because I'm not going anywhere."
"We think everyone in the Capital District knows about the Food and Wine Festival, but we have to make sure they know about it. Because the more people that attend, the more that pay, the more we can donate to the arts organizations here in the City of Albany and take us above that half million dollar mark in year 6 which we think would be an extraordinary achievement," added Joe Culver, Honorary Founding Director.
In the past four years of the event, over $289,000 been raised for arts programs in the city. For more information, head to www.albanywinefest.com.