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While many of the Life Is Beautiful festival’s culinary events will set you back a few bucks, there are also some unique experiences included in the price of your general admission or VIP festival ticket. You’ll find some of the best freebies at the Chefs on Stage series, on the Sub-Zero Wolf Stage in the Culinary Village. There, from 1:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and from 12:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, 20 of America’s best chefs will give live cooking demonstrations – with some surprises.

The festival’s Culinary Advisory Board Chairman Bruce Bromberg promises these won’t be the typical stuffy chef’s demos you find at some food festivals. “We wanted there to be a bit more levity to the chef’s demo,” he explains.

They also wanted to use this series to bridge the gap between the festival’s musical side and its food side.

“I think you will see … that a lot of the bands are engaged,” he teases. “The musicians will be on the stage with the chefs. And you might even see some chefs pick up guitars!”

Unfortunately, Bromberg won’t offer any more information on potential collaborations. But we do know the list of participating chefs includes Bromberg and his brother Eric, Scott Conant, Jet Tila, Jonathan Waxman, Cat Cora, Chris Cosentino, Rick Moonen, Aaron Sanchez, Hubert Keller, Kerry Simon, Mary Sue Milliken, Susan Feniger, Mike Minor, Donald Link, Grant MacPherson, Carla Pellegrino, Jason Tuley, David Myers, Elias Caro, Josh Graves and Todd English. CL