This weekend marked the 18th anniversary of the Saratoga Food and Wine Festival, presented by the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. This three day event featured international wines and spirits, gourmet tastings from the area's finest restaurants, a celebrity chef competition, live music, and cars. Lots of classic luxury cars, with Bugattis acting as the stars of the show. I was thrilled to have been asked to photograph these beauties!

Bugatti front end grill closeup

Saturday's Grand Tasting

The event ran from Friday-Sunday, however, I was only able to attend on Saturday, so that will be the focus of this article. The hot and humid weather we had been dealing with earlier in the week was finally replaced by cooler and more comfortable temps, and we were treated to an early autumn weekend.

Blue Bugatti in front of Hall of Springs

The Grand Tasting ran from 12-4pm. I arrived fairly early to find the afternoon in full swing, and planned my course of action accordingly. Eighty Bugattis, in what was titled a "Bugatti Ballet" were artfully and strategically placed around the reflecting pool at the Saratoga Spa State Park. The classic cars, surrounded by the historic buildings, and all reflected on the shimmering pool, were definitely a sight to see. We started snapping photos...

Back ends of Bugattis along the pool

Full shot of reflecting pool with cars at far end

Tents reflecting on pool with cars

Backs of two cars reflected on water

Single car by reflecting pool

Set apart from the others and protected by security guards in a roped-off area were the only two $40+ million 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantics in existence. The black one is owned by Ralph Lauren, and the blue one by Peter Mullin. It is said that these two vehicles haven't sat beside each other in over 15 years!

Ralph Lauren's car

Paul Mullin car

Bugattis roped off for security

Once I dragged myself away from all the cars and fantastic photo opps there, I headed over to the giant tents for the Grand Tasting. The lines were fairly long, but seemed to be moving quickly, with many people taking advantage of and enjoying the tables set up in front of the live music, as well as the beautiful bar area surrounded by plants provided by Capital InteriorScapes.

Distance shot of tents.

Band performing live on stage

The bar surrounded by plants

Needless to say, there was plenty to taste! I caught some random shots of the crowd enjoying samples from the various vendors and restaurants, in addition to a candid of the celebrity chefs preparing for their "Iron Chef"-styled competition. 

Chefs on stage

Woman sampling with spoon

People sampling wine

Saratoga Sparkling vendor

Parade of Cars

And finally, as if THAT were not enough, the Bugattis and other featured cars then lined up, proceeded down the Avenue of the Pines, and gathered downtown for what turned out to be a fantastic parade along Broadway. It was pretty exciting to see how many people came out and lined the sidewalks to see this unusual parade of classic cars. It was a great weekend for Saratoga!

Street view prior to parade

Darryl in Lamborghini at start of parade

Featured Bugattis in parade

Bugatti parade 1

Bugatti parade 2

Bugatti parade car 3 two shades of green

Blue convertible Bugatti car 4 parade

Bugatti parade 5 maroon and black

Red Bugatti parade car 6

Saratoga Maserati

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