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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