Montclair Food & Wine Festival’s BBQ, Bourbon and Biergarten Was A Blast!

Fitzgerald's 1926 bacon-wrapped BBQ shrimp were the bomb.
Fitzgerald’s 1926 bacon-wrapped BBQ shrimp were the bomb.

Montclair enjoyed the most fun and flavorful food event to date last Saturday night at BBQ, Bourbon and Biergarten, the much anticipated Montclair Food & Wine Festival (MFWF) summer event (and Baristanet’s most popular ever giveaway!), held on the beautiful grounds of the Montclair Art Museum.

Diners were treated to tons of BBQ-themed fare artfully prepared by area chefs, a variety of craft beers and some ultra smooth bourbons, all while rocking out to the Rockin 45’s music provided by the Wellmont Theater. There were also terrific desserts (Bourbon Blondies from Little DaisyBake Shop, decadent Chocolate Bourbon cupcakes from Cakeaholic Obsession and ice cream (of course!) from Applegate Farm.

Festival Executive Director Diane Biancamano, along with her brother-in-law, Francesco Palmieri, owner of Bloomfield’s Orange Squirrel Restaurant, were behind this year’s fantastic event, taking over for MFWF founder Melody Kettle.

Chefs from Pig & Prince, Fascino and Costanera were on hand.
Chefs from Pig & Prince, Fascino and Costanera were on hand.

“We’re pleased the event sold out and that the weather held up (only a slight, refreshing drizzle) for us,” says Biancamano. “I think the surprise of the evening was when Halcyon ran away with both BBQ competition titles, Judges Choice and People’s Choice!” Halcyon received bragging rights and a very cool hand-crafted trophy (a 3-D sculpture fetauring a small beer keg, bourbon barrel and a cutting-board with a cleaver on top!)

Those winning oysters from Halcyon Brasserie!
Those winning oysters from Halcyon Brasserie!

Next on the agenda for MFWF, says Biancamano, is the Frost Bites event in January. The only teaser at this point is that the venue in Montclair is expected to change for that event, so stay tuned for an announcement soon. Biancamano says MFWF will be working with Montclair High School and Montclair State University to identify students deserving of the scholarship donations.

To see more mouthwatering pictures from the event, check out our coverage on Instagram.

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