forkSpoonJoin us from Aug. 20 to 25 for a week-long food, craft beverage and entertainment festival in Bestor Plaza featuring renowned speakers from the culinary world as well as a daily roster of food- and drink-themed events from cooking demonstrations and competitions to interactive experiences and tastings prepared by the best regional restaurants, farms, wineries and breweries.


Sunday: Family BBQ Picnic

Spend an afternoon in Bestor Plaza enjoying delicious BBQ, wine, beer and soft drinks with the family in Bestor Plaza. From noon to 4 p.m. the Plaza will have music provided by Infinity Visual and Performing Arts and recreational activities for all ages. Chicken dinners are 10 tickets ($20) and rib dinners are 15 tickets ($30). Each dinner comes with a pulled pork slider, cole slaw, calico beans and cornbread. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy! A Food Festival or Gate Pass is not needed this day and parking is free until 2 p.m.! 

Amphitheater Event (Free on Sundays): Barbershop Harmony Parade, 2:30 p.m.

Athenaeum Hotel Event: Food Festival Chef Series with a five-course tasting menu with wine pairings featuring Chef Ross Warhol, executive chef of Oliver's Restaurant in Buffalo, New York, 5:30 p.m.  SOLD OUT


Monday: The Ultimate Chef Experience

The Festival stage, featuring a world-class demonstration kitchen from Artisan Kitchens & Baths, will offer festivalgoers the chance to experience unparalleled cooking competitions.

12:45 p.m. | Ultimate Cheeseburger Showdown with top young chefs Michael Dimmer and Joseph Fenush and Jacques Pépin as judge.

1:30 p.m., 4 p.m & 6:30 p.m. | Nickel City Chef cooking competitions that showcase secret ingredients. Participating Buffalo Nickel City Chefs include: Jennifer Boy, executive chef of Elm Street Bakery;Edward Forster, chef, The Workshop;Adam Goetz, executive chef and owner of Craving; and Victor Parra Gonzalez, executive chef and owner of Las Puertas

Noon | Cutlery Knife Skills Anyone Can Master By Cutco. Join Cutco Cutlery and chefs Lynn Novo and Barbara Snow as they demonstrate knifes skills that make food-prep easier in the kitchen. With a little knife knowledge, cooking can be fun!

5 p.m. | Laura Lea Goldberg

Vendors: Cutco Cutlery, Marble + Rye, Oliver's, Giancarlo's, Labyrinth, Wood Fired Flatbreads and more

Amphitheater Events:* Jacques Pépin, master chef, 10:45 a.m. | An evening with Chris Botti, 8:15 p.m. • Buy Tickets

Hall of Philosophy Event: Norman Wirzba on Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating, 2 p.m.

Athenaeum Hotel Event: Food Festival Chef Series with a five-course tasting menu with wine pairings featuring Chef Ben Shropshire from Soul Gastrolounge in Charlotte, North Carolina, 5:30 p.m.  $89 per person• Make Reservationor call 716-357-5005

Tuesday: A Taste of Chautauqua

Spend a day relishing in the best that Chautauqua County offers in food, drink and artistic and musical talent. Guests will be delighted by local restaurants and artisan food-makers.

Vendors: Andriaccio’s, CHQ Local Food, Biodome Project, Edible Western NY, Heirloom Restaurant, The Watermark, La Familia, Tu: Ames, Reverie Creamery and more.

Amphitheater Events:Michael Ruhlman, author of Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America with Ann Patchett, 10:45 a.m. Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: "Season Finale", 8:15 p.m. • Buy Tickets

Hall of Philosophy EventRabbi Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus on Food, Faith, and Fellowship: Connecting to Humans and Other than Humans through Taste at 2 p.m.

Wednesday: Larkinville Food Truck Pop-up

A host of food trucks will serve their best dishes on Bestor Plaza from noon to 7 p.m. (with a break between 2 to 4 p.m.).

Trucks: The Que Abides, Cluck Truk, The Louisiana Cookery, Sweet Melody’s, Lomo Lomo, lloyd Taco Trucks, House of Munch and Wood Fired Flatbreads. 

Noon | Shaun O'Neale, winner of Fox television's seventh season of "MasterChef" will give a fun lesson on how to recreate his delicious Spicy Salmon Crudo

1:30 p.m. | CHQ Farm-to-Table with Executive Chef Edward Work and Executive Sous Chef Carrie Gifford of Heirloom Restaurant

4 p.m. | Chris Dorsaneo (co-founder lloyd's) will teach us to prepare delicious Filipino Cascoron

5 p.m. | Matt Pausek from Lomo Lomo will prepare Pig Fried Rice with Chimichurri

Amphitheater Events:* Anna Blythe Lappé of Small Planet Institute | Irene Rodríguez Compañía, 8:15 p.m. • Buy Tickets

Athenaeum Hotel Event: Cuban-themed feast in honor of Irene Rodríguez Compañía, 4:30-9 p.m. • Make Reservation or call 716-357-5005

Thursday: The Ultimate Wine & Beer Tasting

With the purchase of a tasting ticket (Sold Out), festivalgoers will receive a souvenir glass necessary to sample the handcrafted wines and artisanal brews vendors have to offer. In celebration of the event, guests can purchase and enjoy cheese plates themed to pair with your favorite wine or beer, designed by cheesemaker Riko from Reverie Creamery

Vendors: Mazza Vineyards, Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing, Johnson Estate, Ellicottville Brewing Co., 42 North Brewing, 21 Brix Winery, Victorianbourg Wine Estate, Liten Buffel, Bag & String Wine Merchants among others.

12:30 p.m. | Frank Besse from Brazil Craft Beer & Wine Lounge

4 p.m., 6 p.m. | Creating Cocktails with Beer and Wine, featuring Tony Rials of Buffalo Proper

5 p.m., 7 p.m. | Creating Cocktails with Beer and Wine, featuring Jeff Yannuzzi of The Dapper Goose

Amphitheater Events:* Marion Nestle from Food Studies & Public Health, NYU, 10:45 a.m. | The Joey Alexander Trio, 8:15 p.m. • Buy Tickets

Athenaeum Hotel Event: Food Festival Chef Series featuring Heirloom's executive chefs Edward Work and Carrie Gifford, 5:30 p.m.  $89 per person• Make Reservation or call 716-357-5005


Friday: Homesteading & Artisanal Market | Evening Lakeside Clam BBQ

Friday celebrates the talents of a bygone era with workshops and chef demonstrations that appeal to a wide range of interests such as artisanal food preparation. A marketplace featuring CHQ Local Food and artisanal producers will make it possible for guests to taste and take home many of the region’s most delicious offerings. 

Noon | Cooking with Marlena Lucas of Reverie Creamery 

1 p.m. | Cooking Homemade Bitters with Chef Edward Froster

2 p.m. | Fermentation 101 with RJ and Lindsey Marvin from Barrel + Brine.  

3 p.m. | Cooking Citrus Collards with Raisins with Chef Bryant Terry

4 p.m. | Hot Smoking for Flavor at Home with Chef  Mike Andrzejewski (Seabar and Cantina Loco

5 p.m. | Cheese, Glorious Cheese with Riko Chandra and the team from Reverie Creamery

Vendors: Billy Club, Good Grass Farm, Rassie Garlic, CHQ Local Food, Edible Western NY, Green Heron Growers, Keeping Traditions Pierogi, Reverie Creamery and Barrel + Brine

Amphitheater Events:* Bryant Terry, chef and author of Afro-Vegan, 10:45 a.m. Texas Tenors, 8:15 p.m. • Buy Tickets

Friday Night Lakeside Clam BBQ: Sold Out

Join James Beard-nominated chef Steven Gedra (The Black Sheep) for a New-England-style cookout in Miller Park from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday. Grilled clams and mussels with potatoes, corn, and sausage (limited lobster upgrades available) are the perfect complements to the evening’s pop-up beachside beer garden. 


*Guests need entry pass with Amphitheater access to attend these events. These passes can be purchased in advance or at Chautauqua during the Food Festival. 

Day Passes

All Food Festival patrons need a pass to get onto Chautauqua's grounds. (Sunday is Free) 

Food Festival Day Pass, 7 a.m. to midnight

$17 festival pass, $9 for daily parking in the main parking lot
Includes all events on the Institution grounds except Amphitheater Events & Thursday wine tasting event.

Food Festival Only Pass, Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to midnight

$75 festival pass, $45 for five-day parking pass in the main parking lot
Includes all events on the Institution grounds except Amphitheater Events & Thursday tasting event. 

Food Festival All Access Pass, Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to midnight

$315 festival pass, $45 for five-day parking in the main parking lot
Includes all events on the Institution grounds, all Amphitheater Events & Thursday tasting event.


Buy Food Festival Passes  


Overnight Gate Passes

Guests purchasing a Gate Pass do not need a Food Festival Pass. 

Chautauqua Institution Gate Pass

Buy Passes  Price based on duration of stay

Includes all events on the Institution grounds and all Amphitheater Events except Thursday wine tasting event. 


Add-on tickets for the Grilled Clam BBQ 

Friday August 25 • 6 p.m. in Bestor Plaza

This event has sold out.



Day of Tasting Tickets, available in Bestor Plaza

Food Festival Tasting Tickets: $2 per ticket, on top of entry pass
Allows you to purchase food and drinks at all vendors in Bestor Plaza and Miller Park throughout the week. 


The Ultimate Wine Tasting Event Ticket (Thursday, August 24 only): Sold Out

Includes a Chautauqua Institution Food and Drink Festival souvenir glass and samples from each of the craft beverage and artisan food vendors. Additional tasting tickets may be purchased this day.            


Food and Drink tickets will be for sale in Bestor Plaza throughout the week. No Entry Passes are needed for Sunday, Aug. 20 and all events are free on that day. Entry pass is non-transferrable. Unused tasting tickets are non-refundable. Price subject to change.



Stay at the Athenaeum Hotel

Food Festival Package - Available Aug. 20-25

chautauqua Hotel Dave Shumway$357 per couple/per night

Book Today

or call (716) 357-4444

 Package includes:

  • Chautauqua Institution gate passes (includes Amphitheater and Food Festival events)
  • Breakfast
  • 10 tasting tickets per day
  •  “Ultimate Wine Tasting” ticket for Aug. 24 (if applicable)

*Price based on double occupancy and will change based on dates booked. Subject to availability and applicable taxes. Unused tasting tickets are non-refundable. 


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