Have a big appetite? Prepare to get your fill at Appetite: A Gastronomic Experience presented by the Count Basie Theatre of Red Bank, New Jersey. Billed as the “most unique food event in the State,” it will be held from September 5th through September 8th. Appetite promises to indulge in every foodie’s fantasy—celebrity chef talks, a Food Truck Court, the Taste & Talk Tent, wine and liquor tastings, even food themed films. There also will be live music and fun activities for kids
Each night a celebrity chef will offer a different culinary experience on the Main Stage at Count Basie Theatre. On Thursday, Inna Garten, known for her Food Network show Barefoot Contessa, will share her natural approach to food through tips, stories and maybe even a few of her recipes. On Friday, Anne Burrell, from Food Network shows like Chef Wanted and Worst Cooks in America, will treat guests to a live interactive cooking demo. And on Saturday, Joe Bastianich, international restaurateur, author and judge on MasterChef USA, will judge a live pasta throw-down between Victor Rallo of Eat! Drink! Italy! and Pat Menna, the mayor of Red Bank.
The Taste &Talk Tent will feature talks and tastings that explore new trends in gastronomy and restaurants, as well as coffee, wine and craft beer. A Taste and Tour of Italian Wine will be held on Sunday, featuring seven Italian wine producers from the Kobrand Corporation Tour. Wine is not the only adult beverage on the menu. On Saturday and Sunday there will be mixology demonstrations and lessons, as well as rum, bourbon and whiskey samplings.
And if you’re all about the food, Appetite brings together some of the most popular food trucks of the tri-state area, like the super local Red Bank Freezy Freeze and the New York City sandwich favorite, Mayhem and Stout. The Food Truck Court will have a wide array of delicious offerings from sweet confections, like ice cream sandwiches from Coolhaus to the savory and smoky, like baked potatoes from Hunger Construction and BBQ from Oink and Moo.
Tickets are available a la carte or as a VIP All Access Bundle, so that you can pick and choose what interests you and what will whet your appetite.
Appetite, a mix of local personalities and big names in the culinary world, is going to be a well-rounded weekend for all kinds of foodies. It will be a great chance to learn from the best and taste new foods in the company of like-minded people.
And I am super excited to learn, taste, experience and most of all indulge. I don't know about you, but I’m always hungry!
When: Thursday, September 5 through Sunday, September 8
Where: Count Basie Theatre
99 Monmouth St, Red Bank,
Tickets: Please click here to purchase tickets or call (732) 842-9000