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Waltham Food and Wine Festival will feature 27 restaurants, honor 2 local innovators

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  April 1, 2013 12:58 PM

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The Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation will host the 21st annual Waltham Food and Wine Festival on April 10 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Waltham Westin Hotel.

The festival, which is a main fundraiser for the museum, will feature cuisine from at least 27 different local restaurants, as well as 30 wines presented by six different distributors. Kiss 108's "Matty In the Morning" and Miss Massachusetts will make special appearances, while the Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra plays music.

Attendees can also take part in a silent auction and a raffle, according to event organizers.

This year's festival will also celebrate two Waltham innovators working in the textile industry: Francis Cabot Lowell, proclaimed the father of the Industrial Revolution; and Sondra Celli, a modern-day fashion designer known for her role on the new TLC series “My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding” and “Bling It On.”

Elln Hagney, the museum’s executive director, described Waltham as “America’s innovation incubator.”

"Starting two hundred years ago with Francis Cabot Lowell, this city gave birth to the Industrial Revolution and has continued to be home to cutting edge companies from the Waltham Watch Company to Boston Scientific,” Hagney said in an email. “It is truly an honor to recognize two individuals who have contributed to the city's legacy in such a positive way in the same mill complex.”

Restaurants offering samples will include The Elephant Walk, Watch City Brewery Co., Tempo Bistro, Lizzy’s Homemade Ice Cream, The Chateau, The Skellig, Solea Restaurant and Tapas Bar, Bertucci’s, the Waltham High School culinary class, and many more, according to event organizers.

Admission for the event is $45 in advance, or $50 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased online at crmi.org, or by calling 781-893-5410.

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