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The 12th Annual Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest will be host to celebrity Chef Vincent Tropepe's new reality television show, "RAW"; filming to take place at the event itself, which will be held at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Historic Rhinebeck, New York Rhinebeck, N.Y. - The annual Hudson Valley Wine and Food Festival, sponsored by WineRacks.com, is pleased to announce that Chef Vincent Tropepe will be filming an episode for his new reality television series, "RAW", at this year's event, which is scheduled for September 7th and 8th at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck. "This is truly exciting news for our event - basically, Hollywood meets Rhinebeck. With the backdrop of one of the most popular festivals in the country, Chef Tropepe will give guests of the Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest the opportunity to participate in the filming of an episode of "RAW", which is a reality series designed to breathe new life into restaurants and inspire ‘foodies' everywhere to deepen their appreciation for the behind-the-scenes journey of a chef", states Michael Babcock, President of WineRacks.com and producer of the Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest. "We have made the very deliberate decision to bring the "RAW" production team to the Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest for a number of reasons. The event provides the masses with a comprehensive understanding of fine wine, craft beer, specialty foods, and the wonderful life experience which comes from enjoying all of these things. We know that those who attend the event have a true appreciation for food and wine, or are furthering their education about high-quality food, wine, and beer, or just enjoy the opportunity to taste from various regions throughout the world. The unique spirit and energy of the Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest deserves to be on camera, and will furthermore allow us to bring the Hudson Valley region to living rooms all over America when "RAW" is launched, which will ultimately help fuel tourism for the region", shared Chef Vincent Tropepe. In its twelfth year, the Wine and Food Fest will feature wine tastings of hundreds of wines from all over the world with vineyard owners, Certified Wine Specialists, and sommeliers, along with food samplings from regional restaurants and caterers, a chance to shop over one hundred home goods, art, craft, and gourmet specialty food vendors, and, for the first time ever, New York and regional craft beer. In addition, the festival will feature live music and other entertainment, along with educational cooking and wine tasting seminars by Chef Vincent Tropepe, Chef Peter Kelly, Chef Marcus Giuliano, and Certified Wine Specialist Debbie Gioquindo, as well as seminars on nutrition by HRHCare. "It is an incredible event; a perfect opportunity for people to literally tour hundreds of wineries, restaurants, and microbreweries, shop, enjoy live entertainment, create new memories with friends, and, most of all, learn from those in the industry who want nothing more than to share their craft", shared Debbie Gioquindo, CTC,CSW, WLS (Certified Travel Counselor, Certified Specialist of Wine, and Wine Location Specialist), owner of the wine blog "Hudson Valley Wine Goddess". The addition of the microbrewery component to the event is brand new this year, due to recent legislation passed after Babcock and his industry colleagues lobbied tirelessly for support of the craft breweries. The new legislation encourages the use of locally-grown ingredients, awarding brewers by giving them license as a "farm brewery" if 20% or more of their ingredients come from New York State, which makes it much easier for them to sell their New York labeled beer at a festival like the Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest. The Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest will feature New York and regional craft beer. Also new to this year's event are the food trucks, allowing guests to taste everything form exotic foods such as eel to gourmet sliders. A recent National Restaurant Association survey (2011) found that 59% of consumers say that they would love to experience a food truck if their favorite restaurant offered one. The Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest will feature about a dozen food trucks in addition to the dozens of restaurants and specialty food vendors who will be represented. Tasting tickets, which include one wine glass and unlimited wine, cost $40 per day or $70 for the weekend. Regular admission tickets, which do not include wine tastings, cost $22 per day or $37 for the weekend. Tickets and information on the Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest are available online at hudsonvalleywinefest.com or by calling 845.658.7181. About the Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest The Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest is a celebration of the "foodie" lifestyle in New York. With hundreds of wines, craft beers, and dishes from the region's best restaurants, along with opportunities to purchase specialty foods, fine arts, crafts, home goods, and enjoy demonstrations from celebrity chefs and wine specialists, the event has exploded in popularity over the years. Presented by WineRacks.com, it is sponsored by 100.7 WHUD, the Poughkeepsie Journal and Camping world of the Hudson Valley. The event will be held at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds on September 7th (11am-6pm) and September 8th (11am-5pm) in Rhinebeck, New York. For more information visit HudsonValleyWineFest.com.