GSCVB to host Foodfest Challenge

Date: 10/30/2014

HOLYOKE – The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (GSCVB) is proud to announce The Western Massachusetts Foodfest Challenge.

The event will take place Nov. 17 at The Log Cabin from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $45 each and available for purchase to the general public. To purchase tickets via Paypal, visit For questions contact Michele Goldberg at or 755-1344.

Various restaurants from throughout Western Massachusetts have been invited to prepare dishes that demonstrate what “Western Massachusetts” means to them.  This could mean utilizing produce from the region, a dish that reminds them of a Western Massachusetts time or place, etc. 

Participating restaurants at this time include: The Delaney House, Chandlers, Steaming Tender, Bobby V’s, Carpaccio Trattoria, Palazzo Café, The Loft, 30Boltwood and Nadim's Mediterranean Restaurant & Grill. 

Guests will be invited to visit the stations of the participating restaurants and place a chip into the container for the item they like best.  The chips are then counted and the restaurant with the most chips receives 10 bonus points to go towards their overall score within each category.

Categories for the dishes prepared include: Appetizer/Starter; Mini-Entrée; and Dessert.

Tourism and hospitality professionals from outside the region will serve as judges for the event. Judges will then score the dishes in each category based on three criteria – taste, presentation and use of Western Massachusetts theme.

Commercial Distributing will feature beer tastings for each course.  Cash bar will be available.

“Hosting such a unique and exciting event in conjunction with our Bureau’s Annual Meeting is the perfect way to showcase the Pioneer Valley and all of Western Massachusetts. The creative energy that surrounds an event like this allows for great collaboration and speaks to our mission of promoting the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts as a year-round destination for conventions, meetings, sports, group tour and leisure travel. By displaying distinctive dining options for our guests that are symbolic of the region, it generates a great buzz about all of the wonderful things our area has to offer visitors and the local community alike.” Mary Kay Wydra, president of the GSCVB, said.

Sponsors for this exciting event include Yankee Candle Village, Aladco Linen Services, Commercial Distributing, and Freedom Credit Union.

The GSCVB, an affiliate of the Economic Development Council of Western MA, is a private non-profit destination marketing organization dedicated to promoting Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley for meetings and conventions, group tours, sports and leisure travel. For more information on the GSCVB, visit or like us on facebook at and follow us on twitter using handle @PValleyvisitor. Engage with us using #pioneervalley or #westernma.