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Summit Wine & Food Festival - Announce The Big5


“Summit Wine & Food Festival 2013 – Announce the BIG5!

September 20 - 22, 2013

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Grand Summit Hotel & Twin Maples, Summit, NJ


Summit, NJ, August 5, 2013The 5th annual celebration of the Summit Wine and Food Festival will take place in the form of a three-day extravaganza, September 20 – 22, 2013 at the Grand Summit Hotel (570 Springfield Avenue) and at Twin Maples (214 Springfield Avenue) in Summit, New Jersey.  

After five consecutive years providing a consistent following of gourmet foods, delectable desserts, and specialty wine and spirit tastings in the Summit community, over 30 top celebrity chefs and 20 wine sommeliers from all over the country extend a fantastic selection to patrons who travel from across the tri-state area and beyond to this festival.  We will offer educational Cooking Demonstrations for ‘foodies’, live Mixology for the wine & spirit enthusiasts, Wine and Food Gala Tastings and a VIP Gala Dinner for a high-end experience, and a Sommelier Showdown Competitive Luncheon for an exquisite sampling to quench your palate and test your skills with our experts which is a sell-out each year!

We have recently secured our initial BIG5 corporate sponsors with ‘renew’ and ‘new companies.  “Each year we have had continued growth with sponsorship sales lead by Jean Criss of Jean Criss Media, LLC” states Ivan Ruiz, Executive Director and Founder of the Festival, also Owner of The Wine List of Summit.  “Last year, we had over 50 sponsors and we look forward to our continued growth.  The momentum begins early in the year when the festival breaks ground and continues to build as we get closer to the launch of this celebration!  There’s so much planning that goes on behind the scenes to coordinate an event of this magnitude but it’s our primary sponsors that we are grateful to who make our festival a success”, states Ruiz.  “Our first BIG5 renew sponsors include: Overlook Hospital, Coldwell Banker, Equinox Fitness, Investors Bank, and Sommelier Imports.  We are thrilled to have them return and many others that are on board as well”, states Ruiz.

“Our first BIG5 new sponsors include: Summit Medical Group, Milk Sugar Love, Your Delicious Balance, Opici Wines, and D’Artagnan.  There has been a lot of excitement surrounding this year’s festival and the BIG5!  We have many new sponsorship opportunities involving VIP tables at our six-course, culinary extravaganza - celebrity chef dinner, luxury car sponsorships opportunities at the entrance of both The Grand Summit and Twin Maples, and a variety of  other sponsorship-level packages available ranging from $250 - $25,000 and up,” states Jean Criss, who is responsible for media, PR and sponsorship sales.  “I’ve seen continued interest and growth in the community with the Summit Wine & Food Festival as we draw new attendees and exhibitors each year to reshape the program accordingly.   Proceeds support the Community FOOD Bank of New Jersey and goes toward their culinary academy educational program as well as servicing the local needs across the community.  I enjoy collaborating with Ivan to enhance the festival, year over year”, states Criss.  

“We look forward to making this year’s program the best wine and food festival in the tri-state area!” states Ruiz.   For sponsorship or media inquiries, please visit us at or contact or or call 908.247.8443. Tickets are on sale now.  

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