Wine & Dine for the Arts 2015

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Tickets for the popular next Albany Wine & Dine for the Arts Festival are now on sale. The annual Albany chefs wine and food festival is January 15-17 in downtown Albany.

Here's the schedule for this year's festival, which includes events such as the grand tastings, slider slam, barista competition, and battle of the bartenders. Event tickets range from $10-$175. Here are the arts orgs tapped as beneficiaries for this year's festival.

Many of these events have sold out in the past, so if you're interested in going, getting tickets sooner rather than later is not a bad idea.

Also newly announced: The finalists for the festival's rising star chef award. This year's list is after the jump -- it includes chefs from a range of restaurants, some established spots and others just getting started. The nominations can be a good prompt to try a place you haven't been to, yet.

Six of these chefs will be selected. Public voting is a portion of the competition -- you can vote online.

Chris Dore: Mingle on the Avenue

Rory Moran: Comfort Kitchen

Eric Tisaj: Tala American Bistro

Derek Adams: Max London's

Ian O'Leary: The Gingerman

Adryana Washock: Jose Malone's

Dan Passamonte: The Barrelhouse

Ian Brower: Capital City Gastropub

Josh Coletto: Finnbar's Pub

Brian Griffin: Mio Vino Wine Bar

AOA is a media sponsor of Wine & Dine for the Arts.

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