The Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair 2017

While the Houston area may boast several events for wine and food enthusiast, the ultimate food and wine celebration in Houston is the Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair.  Over the past 6 years Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair has been raising the bar on the culinary standards in the city with a decadent celebration of food, wine and spirits in a collaboration that is truly unforgettable.  This year the Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair is making some exciting changes to the mix to not only showcase some of the best food Houston has to offers and the top tier of wine and spirits from around the world.  Attendees win as the festival gives you an insider’s glimpse that will take your knowledge and appreciation to the next level.

In lieu of some of introductory events the Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair will take on the road as teacher as it showcases food and wine in a more intimate setting.  In order to provide the perfect setting the On the Rocks Bartender Challenge has been replaced with private dinners to kick off the weekend festivities.  Choosing either the Boiling Point seafood boil or The Italian Invasion Dinner guests can mix great food and wine with intimate company and some great insight as they enjoy their favorites or try something new.  Additionally the Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair has added several learning experiences that guest can attend Friday and Saturday.  There is nothing like identifying the why of your love for some of your favorite flavor profiles.  Taking the time to get deeper into the educational side only strengthens your appreciation for your favs and gives you clues on how to find other top picks based on your own palette.

The Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair made sure not to mess with the best, with their program changes, and Friday nights Grand Tasting is sure to be one for the books.  The Sugar Land Marriott Town Square serves as the perfect location to meet food and wine nirvana.  With everything from inventive culinary creations (I still dream about the upscale Frito pie) and tried and true favorites from HEB and local restaurant superstars the event provides a something for everyone in an unforgettable night.

Other favorites, such as Saturdays Sip and Stroll will keep more recent location changes, now done at Constellation Field but enhanced it with a two day option so you have all of Saturday and Sunday to get a chance to grab your favorite bites and beverages while enjoying some of the great performers who always deliver during the event. As the Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair promises more of the core that has built its following as well as some great new opportunities to appreciate the food and wine on a different level this event is going to be a must on any food and wine lover’s schedule.

Food Nirvana at the Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair

SFWFA 2015 Grand Tasting (7)In an effortless combination of the best of the best that food and wine has to offer the Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair once again swept in town bringing good times, good people, and great spirits along with it.  The Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair is an annual celebration of all things culinary paired with the perfect spirit to match any occasion and paired perfectly with the cuisine.  The four day affair not only benefits a great cause with proceeds benefiting the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management.  The event is a great way to expand what you like or thought you liked in the food, wine and spirits arena.  Armed with a pen or even easier your camera phone to record your favorites, your ticket to the events buys you access to check out some old favorites but a lot of new favorites and event restaurants and wines on your wish list to try.

SFWFA 2015 Grand Tasting (6)The weekend celebration starts off in a day celebrating the spirits with the On the Rocks Challenge.  From the best of the best bartenders the city has to offer you get an explosion of their creativity going wild and end up with a champ that reigns throughout the remainder of the weekend to make sure you don’t miss out.

SFWFA 2015 Grand Tasting (3)SFWFA 2015 Grand Tasting (4)The main event of the weekend is a glorious celebration of the best of the best at the Grand Tasting in the Sugar Land Town Square Marriott.  Every year for this event I try to prepare myself and every year I leave, although very happy, also feeling a little defeated that I did not get to try everything.  This year the culinary features set the event on fire.   I spent about 30 minutes going around and enticing whoever would listen to try the Frito Pie.  This gourmet take on a childhood classic made an overhaul of classic ingredients and adding an impressive flair with chipotle cream sauce.  I was in awe.  This combined with some other favs including lobster pizza, lobster mac and cheese, mac and cheese stuffed fried chicken I was literally floating on cloud nine.  When you combine the food nirvana with the bountiful selection of wines, whiskey and vodka who in the world could have a bad time.  Another great addition benefitting their worthy benefactor was the online aspect of their silent auction.  From trips to gift certificates you can bid on any and all from your phone and get in on the fun.

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Day two of the extravaganza was the Sip and Stroll at the old Imperial Sugar Factor and even spring showers could not stop the fun!  Spread between two building this event replaces some of the finesse of the Grand Tasting with sheer volume.  SLWFA 2015 Sip and Stroll (5)At this event you are sure to see some of your local favorites in food and drink pulling out all the stops.  I was pleasantly surprised by some up and coming restaurants with my number one choice being the Big Ben TavernSLWFA 2015 Sip and Stroll (10) SLWFA 2015 Sip and Stroll Big Ben TavernThey easily slide to first with their memorable bites including a peanut butter glaze on their chicken wings!  Other long time favorites like the Lobster Roll from Academe Brasserie had stomachs growling with lines wrapped around their booth for this savory delight.  The combination of sweets, eats, and drinks with a lively mix of music and entertainment was a sure winner.  SLWFA 2015 Sip and Stroll Lobster Roll and Me SLWFA 2015 Sip and Stroll Lobster Roll 1A great addition this year was the live demonstrations of beef 101 to help you sharpen your butchery skills and give some ideas on expanding your chef skills with beef.

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The final event of the weekend is a great recover from the hard core eating and drinking of the first two days.  With the Bistro Brunch you have a chance to take a little more leisurely approach and collect some great brunch favorites while you listen to some mellow tunes.  Although the weather forecast predicted rain my love of the fried lobster and waffles drew me back.  SLWFA 2015 Bistro Brunch (3)Of course the treat did not disappoint and with the delicious vanilla butter blessing my waffle it will likely draw me back year after year.  As with any celebration of food one of the best features is tasting combinations you would have thought of like the chicken slider with a pineapple slaw that had me coming back for seconds.  With the company of a great friend there is no better way to start the week and join in on the celebration of some of the things that make life worth living at the Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair. SLWFA 2015 Bistro Brunch (2) SLWFA 2015 Bistro Brunch (1) SLWFA 2015 Bistro Brunch (4)

 

 

 

 

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