Dine the world, one concert at a time!

Music Haven Concert Series welcomes new purveyors


 SCHENECTADY—JULY 3, 2017—For 27 years, The Music Haven Concert Series has invited its patrons to “travel the world one concert at a time.”

Now, it encourages visitors to Central Park to dine the world as well, with a broad selection of food and beverages themed around the nationality of each summer Sunday performance.


Fans of season opener Sharon Shannon, for example, can sup on shepherd’s pie and Irish soda bread, and sip a non-alcoholic Irish cream specialty drink, or try a Lock 9 Porter.


The new food offerings come from the venerable More Perreca’s Italian Kitchen, in Schenectady’s Little Italy neighborhood. In addition to special menus, More Perreca’s will also present a rotating selection of classic favorites such as arancini (rice balls with a meaty center); four cheese baked ziti; tomato pie; and penne Bolognese, along with that famous Perreca’s Italian bread, and beverages including Sanavi flavored waters, Snapple iced teas and Polar, Adirondack sodas. Food and beverage service begins at 6:00PM, one hour prior to the start of the concerts.


Maria Papa, owner of More Perreca’s, says, “We are honored to be joining forces with the Music Haven Concert Series. Perreca’s has been feeding the diversified community that makes up the Capital District for over 100 years, and we are thrilled to be adding layers of international flavor to these community gatherings with our legendary food and service.”


On the beverage side, “Wolf Hollow Brewing Company is thrilled to be a part of the Music Haven Concert Series in Central Park,” according to co-owner and General Manager Pete Bednarek.


Wolf Hollow will tap three beers each night. White's Wit, a Belgian wheat beer brewed with a bit of sweet orange peel, and District 6 IPA, a west coast-style ale, will be mainstays, with a third pour changing for each show. To encourage sustainability, all beer will be served in a heavy duty reusable 16oz. cup, imprinted with the Music Haven logo - $6 for the initial purchase, $5 for refills throughout the season.


“Our mission,” Bednarek continues, “is about bringing people together around craft beer. We’re about building community, so what better place for Wolf Hollow to be than in Central Park?  Cheers to Music Haven on another season, Wolf Hollow is grateful to be a part!


And, as always, Ben & Jerry’s will be scooping premium ice cream at each performance – classic and unique flavors reflective of the origins of the music.


“We’re thrilled to welcome More Perreca’s and Wolf Hollow to the Music Haven team, knowing that their handcrafted cuisine and microbrews will enhance the cultural experiences that have made Music Haven a destination,” says Producing Artistic Director Mona Golub. “Come join us in Central Park for an evening of exceptional music, great hospitality and a world of community.”



Listed below are food and drink highlights for each performance:


Music Haven Concert Series 2017

Sundays at 7 p.m., July 9–August 13

The Agnes Macdonald Music Haven Stage

Central Park, Schenectady, NY



(Rain site for all performances is Proctors)


July 9-Sharon Shannon/John Doyle


Food: shepherd’s pie; Irish soda bread; non-alcoholic Irish cream specialty drink


Beer: Lock 9 (Porter)


July 16-Amadou & Mariam/Jojo Abot


Food: West African chicken & peanut stew over rice; fried banana fritters;

mango smoothie specialty drink; chakery (traditional African dessert pudding)


Beer: Foothills Pils (Czech-style pilsner)


July 23-Septeto Santiaguero/Radio Jarocho


Food: lechón asado (roast pork); Cuban sandwiches; Yellow rice & black beans; non-alcoholic pina coladas


Beer: Brunette's Revenge (blonde wheat beer)


July 30-BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet/Vishten


Food: Louisiana gumbo; muffalettas; bread pudding with a caramel bourbon sauce; non-alcoholic pina coladas


Beer: Tripel Jump (Belgian double IPA)


August 6-Amir ElSaffar & Two Rivers Ensemble/Cliff Brucker & Full Circle


Food: grilled chicken & lamb kabobs; tempeh & garden vegetable kabobs; tabbouleh, hummus & eggplant babaganoush sampler with pita toast points; baklava


Beer: Battle of 1669 (white IPA)


August 13-Yemen Blues/Ahmed Alshaiba


Food: falafel with roasted red & yellow peppers and roasted eggplant in pita; Mediterranean olives & hummus sampler with pita points; cardamom & cinnamon rice pudding; Israeli pomegranate punch


Beer: Wolf Hollow Amber (dry hopped American amber ale)


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