Thanks to All Over Albany, I won two tickets for the Saratoga Wine & Food and Fall Ferrari Festival in Saratoga Springs last Saturday. The event, presented by the Italian Trade Commission, the Saratoga Automobile Museum and The Committee For Excessively Long Festival Names encompassed a series of events showcasing wine, food and design. Chrissy and I spent an hour sampling chocolate, fermented grape juice, chocolate, elaborate snacks, and more chocolate. This time around I strategically opted to de-drunk for another hour while wandering around the many Ferrari’s and Alfa Romeo’s, looking as European as can be. I didn’t fool anybody.
Confronted with the tantalizing choice between holding my camera and dipping marshmallows in a giant cocoa fountain, I decided to do the right thing and not take any photos of the food festival. For that, I apologize. To satisfy your inner foodie, head over to Albany Eats or Dan’s recap of the day.
More photos below. Click on any of the thumbnails to open a larger view, or check the full-screen Flickr slideshow if you have Flash installed.
In the header above, an Alfa Romeo 8C Spider, first presented as a concept car at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show and later released for sale for the 2007 model year. The official top speed was announced to be 181 mph but it might be higher, with estimations that it could be around 190 mph according to the Road & Track magazine (that’s a meager 306 km/h for my metric companions). Only 35 of the 500 known Spiders went to United States (source: Wikipedia).
Above, a splendid Tesla Roadster, parked outside the Festival (too American I guess). The Tesla is a battery electric vehicle sports car produced by Tesla Motors in California. The Roadster was the first highway-capable all-electric vehicle in serial production available in the United States, though you really don’t see that many Teslas around here. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) in 3.9 second and can be yours for about US$109,000. It’s quite a unique sports car, find out more on the Wiki page.
Pictured above, a giant fuel tank cap, one more thing that will surely have people wonder what you are compensating for (says the guy driving a Z4). Internationally acclaimed (Swedish) chef Marcus Samuelsson (börk, börk), fashion designer Andrienne Vittadini and auto designer Andrea Zagato were the Honorary Chairs of the Wine and Food and Ferrari Festival this year. Samuelsson came to the United States in 1991 as an apprentice at Restaurant Aquavit. At 24, he became the youngest ever to receive a three-star restaurant review from The New York Times. I do like the guy on Chopped. Andrea Zagato is the current head of the Zagato design house founded by his grandfather Ugo Zagato in 1919. Zagato originated the use of aircraft techniques in the design and construction of lightweight automobile bodies. He is also the proud owner of a killer last name, if you ask me—Andrea, if you read this, will you adopt me?
Just like the 2010 edition, the food festival was jam-packed. A lot of local restaurants and vendors were represented but if I had to name one, I would tip my hat to the people at Maestro’s (the Van Dam, Saratoga Springs), they brought some really delicious duck. I would fill these 3 cute suitcases above with duck. At $75 a pop, is this festival a good deal though? A very Saratogian price for certain.
Pictured below, a fair warning… in case a car ever passes your Ferrari.
Seen below, a Ferrari 458 Italia, the replacement to the Ferrari F430 unveiled in 2009. Another great Pininfarina design. It is powered by a 4.5 L V8 engine producing 562 hp at 9,000 rpm. Most importantly, it features adaptive magnetorheological dampers, a word I had wanted to use in this blog for a while. Electrorheological is sooooo MySpace.
Back this year, the Barbie Ferrari (below), on top her trusty Ferrari 360 Modena. I hear Ken is driving German. This doesn’t look like the official Scuderia Ferrari Barbie® Doll outfit though, girl, please.
In the picture below, a very very small stick shift, possibly to put the car in reverse? I’m not sure, since gears can be shifted straight from the steering wheel in this model. Are you implying Ferrari owners have tiny hands?
The star of the show, the Zagato TZ3 Stradale (below), Zagato’s second and final tribute to the 100th anniversary of Alfa Romeo, inspired by the Giulia TZ. The car is considered by Zagato to be the first American Alfa Romeo, with its mono-shell carbon-fiber mechanical chassis based on that of the Dodge Viper ACR. I guess he meant it as a compliment. Only nine units of the TZ3 Stradale will be built and this was one of them, owned by lucky Saratoga Automobile Museum’s board member Eric King.
Pictured below, the Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Competizione. 6C refers to a straight 6 engine. Introduced in 1938, the 2500 (2443 cc) was the last 6C road car. World War II was coming and car development was stopped, but a few hundred 6C 2500s were built from 1940-1945. The Competizione was produced in 1948 (source: Wikipedia). It looks gangsta.
That’s it for this year. Thanks to AOA for the tickets. Now back to our puny vehicles.
The Saratoga Wine & Food and Fall Ferrari Festival took place at SPAC, 108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.