SUN WINEFEST Brings the World’s Finest Wine and Food to Connecticut in 2009


Weekend festivities feature culinary events, seminars and the Grand Tasting at Mohegan Sun on January 17th and 18th, 2009


UNCASVILLE, CT (September 19,  2008) – SUN WINEFEST, New England’s most spectacular wine and food event, returns to Mohegan Sun Saturday, January 17th and Sunday, January 18th, 2009. 


The weekend’s main event is the Grand Tasting, which will be held in the Convention Center from 12:00pm to 5:00pm on Saturday, January 17th and Sunday, January 18th.  Sample more than 1,000 fine wines provided by international wineries and specialty beers from breweries and beer companies from around the world.  Exhibitors showcasing related services such as wine storage, culinary accessories and specialty foods will also be featured.  Guests will have the opportunity to ask questions, hear commentary from the winemakers and experts, and enjoy delicacies from some of the region’s finest restaurants by purchasing tasting portions of signature dishes at a nominal rate.

Tickets for the Grand Tasting are $70.00 for a one-day pass and $110.00 for a weekend pass.  They will go on sale at 10:00am on Monday, September 22nd at the Mohegan Sun Box Office and through Ticketmaster.  Ticketmaster customers may purchase online at, over the phone at 860.886.0070, or at any Ticketmaster outlet.   A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
SUN WINEFEST attendees will also have the opportunity to add to their experience by attending a series of interesting and educational seminars on a variety of topics.  Tickets for seminars will be offered at an additional cost.
Mohegan Sun’s Executive Chef, Michael Luboff, is pleased to host Mohegan Sun’s own celebrity restaurateurs, Todd English and Jasper White who will be joined by an impressive line-up of culinary personalities.  Celebrity chefs will be featured in cooking demonstrations all weekend on the Main Stage located in the Grand Tasting along with other entertaining presentations.
To further complement the SUN WINEFEST experience, Saturday night will feature a fundraiser to benefit The American Liver Foundation.  The evening features a “Celebrity Chef Dine Around,” giving guests the opportunity to be served delectable dishes prepared by world-famous chefs, television celebrities and cookbook authors.  Each dish will be paired with extraordinary wines and many talented winemakers will be on hand.  The evening culminates with an elaborate dessert display, presented by renowned pastry chef and chocolate aficionado Jacques Torres and Mohegan Sun’s Executive Pastry Chef Lynn Mansel.  Tickets for the event are $175.00, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting The American Liver Foundation, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization promoting liver health and disease prevention.  The ALF provides research, education and advocacy for those affected by liver-related diseases, including hepatitis.
Tickets to the “Celebrity Chef Dine Around” are on sale now at or by calling Life Marketing and Events at 860.953.0444. 
For more information on individual seminars, the “Celebrity Chef Dine Around” charity gala, special trade rates and hours and area hotel information, visit or call Life Marketing and Events at 860.953.0444. 
SUN WINEFEST 2009 is a production of Life Marketing and Events, a West Hartford, Connecticut-based, full service firm that specializes in marketing, event management and production, public relations, sponsorship, advertising sales, creative design, promotions, publishing and more.
Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribe, is one of the largest, most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and meeting destinations in the United States.  Situated on 240 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country.  More information is available by calling 1.888.226.7711 or visiting