It all leads up to the Grand Tasting taking place from 12pm-4pm. Main Street and Wharf Parkway will be lined with vendors offering samples of the finest food, wine, beer, and spirits. Guests will have the opportunity to cast a vote for their favorite, and the night will close with a ceremony of awards. This year, the champion of the Culinary Competition will be an automatic Elite Qualifier for the World Food Championships in November back at The Wharf. Judges for this years Culinary Competition will include CEO of Rouses Market, Donny Rouse; owner and executive chef of Panini Pete's Cafe', Pete Blohme; executive chef for Wind Creek Hospitality, Peter D'Andrea; Andy Chapman with Eat Y'all and The Mississippi List; executive editor of Mobile Bay Magazine, Maggie Lacey; and Kendall Gensler, founder of Culinery Concierge Magazine.
The event will include silent and live auctions benefitting Make-A-Wish Alabama, luxury yacht walk, sampling from over 15 local restaurants, and so much more.
Cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs will be held on the Rouses Markets Culinary Experience Stage. Chefs will include Jim Smith, executive chef for the State of Alabama; Chef Nino Thibodaux with Rouses Market; and James Briscione and Brooke Parkhurst of Married and Cooking.
For full details and tickets visit: http://www.thewharfuncorked.com/index.html