Nickel City Chef is pleased to play a major part in the
2017 Chautauqua Food Festival!

Located on the shores of New York’s beautiful Lake Chautauqua, The Chautauqua Institution is a vacation destination that comes alive each season with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, concerts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities.

Nearly 100,000 guests visit Chautauqua and spend their days attending lectures in the outdoor Amphitheater and their afternoons strolling through our world-class art galleries or boating on Chautauqua Lake. In the evening, guests return to the Amphitheater for a performance by the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Chautauqua Opera Company, Chautauqua Dance program or a stellar lineup of respected and award-winning popular entertainers.

Join us this summer during Week Nine as we offer the first Chautauqua Food Festival.

You can find the entire schedule and detailed information here.


The festival takes place Sunday, August 20–Friday, August 25.

For those unfamiliar with purchasing tickets, attending events, and parking at the Chautauqua Institution, we’ve tried to make it easy by offering a few tips.

Since the Institution is home to residents, vacationers, and also one-day events like concerts and lectures, visitors use the Institution in a variety of ways and for different periods of time, so ticketing can seem complicated. 

Sunday is always free at CI (and you can even park for free until 2pm). On August 20th we’re serving a delicious bbq lunch of ribs, pulled pork, roast chicken, and sides from noon-3pm! Carnegie Science Center will offer kids some cool, hands-on fun, and Infinity Performing Arts will provide live music from noon-4 p.m., so bring a picnic blanket and come hang out!

Festival Only

Monday through Friday: Buy a $17 pass per day (+$9 for parking) and visit the Food Festival to catch competitions featuring the Nickel City Chefs, amazing cooking demonstrations from people like Shaun O’Neale (winner of season 7 of MasterChef), chef and author Bryant Terry, and so many others! Plus new food and drink vendors every day make this Festival a new experience each time you visit!

(Food and drink tickets for the Festival are $2 each;
food and drink costs $4-$8 per item.)

Festival and Morning Lectures

Monday through Friday: Enjoy the morning lectures and entertainment offered in the Amphitheater with a $24 Morning Gate Pass (+9 for parking). For example, on Monday, a Morning Gate Pass allows you to see Jacques Pepin in the Amphitheater at 10:45am. The Morning Pass grants you access to the Food Festival, too!

Festival and Evening Concerts

Monday through Friday: If you’d like to visit the Food Festival and also catch an evening Amphitheater performance, like Chris Botti on Monday, those shows have an additional fee attached to them or require a Full Day Pass. A Full Day Pass includes access to the Food Festival, which runs noon–8:15 Monday through Thursday and noon-5:30 pm on Friday.

Monday through Friday: Want to attend one of the week’s special evening dining events, such as the beachside clam dinner prepared by James Beard Best chef – Northeast nominee Steven Gedra (The Black Sheep) on Friday (replete with an amazing sand sculpture from renowned sand artist Todd Pangborn), or the splendid 5-course tasting dinner featuring Ross Warhol of Oliver’s on Sunday? These require separate tickets or reservations and, Monday through Friday, an Evening Gate Pass.

If you have any questions at all, please call CI directly at 1.800.836.ARTS