Not to be outdone by the star-studded lineup at this year’s BottleRock (May 24-26), longtime Top Chef Hosts Padma Lakshmi and Gail Simmons will headline this year’s Culinary Stage. Other notables appearing during the 3-day music festival include Travel Channel’s Andrew Zimmern, musician Trisha Yearwood, Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto.
The tiny-but-mighty second stage has been a huge draw at recent festivals, featuring often hilarious mash-ups of celebrity chefs with festival musicians and personalities like Tommy Chong, Macklemore, Snoop Dog and Ayesha Curry (with a guest appearance by her husband, Steph Curry). Part of the fun is the unscripted mayhem instigated by host and emcee Liam Mayclem of the Foodie Chap radio show. He’s hilarious.
Other celebrities scheduled for the 2019 Williams-Sonoma Culinary Stage include rocker Alice Cooper, Questlove, Jeff Goldblum, Eric McCormack (Will & Grace), Ken Griffey, Jr., Marshawn Lynch and WWE’s Bella Twins.
Cheflebrities appearing are Top Chef host Graham Elliot, Top Chef’s Voltaggio Brothers of Estuary restaurant, Aarón Sánchez of Fox’s Masterchef, Food Network star Duff Goldman, Vice Network star Matty Matheson (marking that one for the calendar), Top Chef Masters Ludo LeFebvre, Top Chef Richard Blais, Top Chef Masters Hubert Keller, Travel Channel star Adam Richman, Flour Shop bakery founder Amirah Kassem and Nic Jones from Goose & Gander in St. Helena Napa Valley. As part of winning Top Chef Season 16, chef Kelsey Barnard Clark will also be making her debut appearance on the Williams Sonoma Culinary Stage.
There’s also all the gourmet food to eat, wine to drink, brews to guzzle and silent discos to dance.
The seventh annual BottleRock Napa Valley (May 24-26) headlines with musicians Neil Young & Promise Of The Real, Santana, Mumford & Sons, Imagine Dragons, Pharrell Williams and Logic. Dozens of wineries, restaurants and breweries take part in this unique Wine Country festival. Details here.