Taste NY Culinary & Mixology Tent

The Taste NY Culinary & Mixology Tent presents cooking and cocktail demonstrations performed by Executive Chef Eric Hudson, Mixaritas Mobile Bartending Service, and other special guests! The chefs and mixologists utilize products from our festival vendors in their recipes.
In addition to the demonstrations, the chefs and mixologists will compete in ‘Iron Chef’ style competitions each day of the festival – influencer judges will put their taste buds to the ultimate test and choose the winners!


Our 2023 Culinary and Cocktail Competition Winners!

Chef Billy Trudsoe

Congratulations to our Saturday Culinary Competition Winner: Chef Billy Trudsoe! Local, celebrity chef, Billy Trudsoe, recently a contestant on Gordon Ramsey’s, Hell’s Kitchen season 21, is now the executive chef at Basil & Wick’s in North Creek, New York. His menu, fueled by his trademark “B. True’s Mad Flava”, is making Basil’s the premiere dining destination of the Adirondacks!

Chef Carl Weiner

Congratulations to our Sunday Culinary Competition Winner: Chef Carl Weiner! Chef Carl Weiner is the owner of the Sans Souci, a restaurant in the east side community of Cleverdale (10 minutes outside of lake george village off Route 9L); featuring casual dining and pizza in a local setting! Carl spends time in the front of house and in the kitchen. He spends his days as a practicing CPA.

Mixologists Kelli Hatin & Jenn Berry-Youngs

Congratulations to our Weekend Mixology Competition Winners: Kelli Hatin & Jenn Berry-Youngs! Mixaritas brings the party to YOU! Their mobile bartending service features professional knowledgeable mixologists, and custom cocktails/mocktails to fit your party needs. Whether it’s a birthday, wedding, anniversary, or just a girl’s night out Mixaritas allows you to sit back and enjoy the fun!

Kelli also operates Mixafusion – she uses her own handmade infused natural simple syrups in so many of her cocktail recipes!


Meet the Judges!

We’re fortunate to have A band of local foodie influencers to judge the amazing dishes and cocktails our guests chefs and mixologists produce at the Adirondack Wine & Food Festival! Thank you to…

Two Buttons Deep

Taylor and Jack are our Emcees for the Saturday Mixology Competition at 2:45 pm!

Stuff worth talking about from the Great Upstate & beyond… #TwoButtonsDeep

Alexis Connor

Alexis Connor is judging the Saturday Culinary Competition at 1:00 pm!

Jessica Sims

Jessica Sims is judging our Saturday Mixology Competition at 2:45 pm!

Leah Stanley

Leah Stanley is judging the Culinary and Mixology Competitions on Sunday!

Libby Adams

Libby Adams is judging the Saturday Mixology Competition at 2:45 pm!

Nellie Ackerman Vellano

Nellie Ackerman Vellano is judging the Culinary Competitions all weekend!

Rachael Austin

Rachael Austin is judging the Sunday Culinary Competition at 1:00 pm!

Sponsored by Taste NY

Thank you to Taste NY for sponsoring our Culinary and Mixology Competitions all weekend!