The 2012 Acadiana Wine and Food Festival is set for 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, on the grounds of the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, 510 E. St. Mary Blvd., Lafayette, which includes the A. Hayes Town Building, The Plaza with the Water Wall, as well as inside the main museum.
The festival opens at 1 p.m. with presentations, seminars, demonstrations and musical performances. This year, the festival introduces a new “Watch and Ask” series, which is a variety of artists and chefs demonstrating their craft.
Scheduled presentations include “The Collector’s Eye: starting an art collection,” featuring Sylvia Schmidt from New Orleans and Mark Tullos, Hilliard museum director; Robert and Jolie Shelton discussing the history of their world renowned Silver Collection and the lost art of fine dining; UL Lafayette faculty members Chan Kiat Lim and Shawn Roy presenting music from their new CD of 20th century American composers; artist George Loli, taking guests on a tour of Italy through his drawings and paintings; and hot pepper expert and connoisseur Troy Primeaux introducing the art cooking with a variety of peppers. Finally, artist Shawne Major will provide a tour of her current exhibition for festival VIP guests.
Festival-goers also will enjoy music on the Plaza with the Tommy Shreve Trio and the Louisiana Classical Guitar Society: Andrew Angelle, Brian Gaudino, Kurt Boudreaux, Sam Broussard and Mark Willis.
After an afternoon of programs, the Grand Tasting provides the finale for the day from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
More than a dozen of Acadiana’s finest restaurants and chefs will present and pair their creations with quality wines. Grand Tasting restaurants include: Bella Figura, Blue Dog Café, Bistro Byronz, Boogie Goose, Carpe Diem, Cochon, Café Vermilionville, Jolie’s Bistro, Pour, Pané & Vino, and the Village Café.
Tickets are available at several levels: $45, general admission; $65, VIP; $35, UL faculty and museum staff; and $25, UL students. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.
For tickets, call (337) 482-0817 or visit http://www.hilliardmuseum.org.
Paul and Lulu Hilliard
University Art Museum