Wine & Hip Hop Festival

By / Wine + Drinks / October 26th, 2022 / Like

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Jermaine Stone announces first ever Wine & Hip Hop Festival to take place in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY on November 12 & 13th 2022.

November 12 & 13 will see the culmination of an incredible year for Cru Luv Selections and their brand, Wine & Hip Hop, as they take over Syndicated movie theatre and kitchen in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NYC. Wine and hip-hop connoisseurs will have two full days of events blending both cultures. The event is a homecoming for Jermaine Stone following an international tour focused on highlighting the global nature of wine and hip-hop culture that included a US-based collaboration with the European Union, followed by events in France during June and September.

The Wine & Hip Hop Festival features panel discussion masterclasses, large-scale walkaround tastings, and dinners. Each event showcases a different aspect of each industry and offers attendees the chance to see wine and hip-hop blended in various ways. The masterclasses provide industry insight from prominent figures thus opening each day with sessions focused on professional development that highlight the diverse opportunities available to those starting or transitioning into the industry.

Each day features wide-ranging walkaround tastings. Saturday has the Tasting Notes from the Streets Finale, a large-scale food and wine pairing session that highlights past, present, and future pairings from the visual and event series of the same name that brings together classic ‘hood food with fine wines

On Sunday 13th, The New York State of Wine Grand Tasting looks at how a sense of place, or terroir, is fundamental to wine and hip-hop cultures. The event exclusively features wines from New York poured to a soundtrack by Legend DJ Ralph McDaniels, creator of the groundbreaking show “Video Music Box,” exploring the terroirs of NY hip hop.

Each day is closed out with a sit-down dinner. On Saturday, November 12th, an edition of Chef Ed’s Mixtape dinner, an infamous format developed by Chef Edward Brumfield in which dishes are designed to pair with a classic hip-hop album. The festival’s final event looks at how it’s not only rappers who are wordsmiths; Somms also have this gift when presenting wines. The Complex Wines & Complex Rhymes dinner, hosted by Dustin Wilson MS., takes this concept to the next level, with Wilson and a team of Somms presenting the evening wines while Stone and a selection of hip-hop artists discuss the bars to go with them.

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When asked about it Stone commented, “the festival is a testament to how much the industry has changed in the last five years, becoming a space for unification that benefits everyone, blending these cultures in an elevated and organic way allows us to open the space even further. Who thought wine and hip-hop would take it this far?!”

Stone and his team hope to demonstrate the impact of bringing two significant aspects of global culture together, opening up new audiences for both industries in an innovative and inclusive fashion. 

Quench Magazine is the exclusive media partner for the Wine & Hip Hop Festival and is offering up the chance to win one of two prize packages (each valued at $1,000) for those attending the festival who purchase an subscription to Quench leading up to or during the festival. Subscriptions can be purchased via the Quench website or linked to via the Wine & Hip Hop Festival website

Tickets for the events can be purchased at: https://www.wineandhiphopfestival.com/ 

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