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.

Sip and Stroll 2016 with the Sugarland Wine and Food Affair

Sip and Stroll 2016 (13)The Sugarland Wine and Food Affair always spells spring to me as a great kick off to the beautiful weather and people that festival season heralds to Houston. This year for their Sip and Stroll even they welcomed in a new venue but with the same delicious favorites making it a must for any foodie’s calendar. The Sip and Stroll hopped over from the Imperial Sugar Factory to Sugar Land Constellation Field in its Saturday fun fare offering guests an opportunity to explore great samplings of food, drinks and even shopping.

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Moving venues is always a little confusing as you wonder if you will have the same experience. The festival did a great job in still pulling in some of the events staples like the crowd favorite Lobster Rolls so you still had a bit of a nostalgic feeling in the new venue. Although I am a fan of the indoor/outdoor combo of the previous venue offered, with the tents all visible this year you have a better idea of things you want to visit with the new set up. What is even more important, however, is that it is still a phenomenal event when it comes to the food and drinks. I love the easy movement the event offers between wine and spirits. The mixologist did some phenomenal things between Mint Juleps and the always dazzling Hendricks refreshers. With this best of both worlds offer, it is a good break for your palette from the wine so you can take a breather and narrow in on your favorite tastes.

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The food was as scrumptious as ever, with an international taste of everything. Where else can you have a little bit of barbeque, lobster, meatballs, and arroz con pollo and it all be mouth watering? Although not a competition, having all great venders descend on the event keeps everyone on their toes and striving to deliver the best they have to offer. When all this is combined with a nice breeze, beautiful setting and a great band, all is right with the world. Well at least in the three hours of the Sip and Stroll Saturday for the Sugarland Wine and Food Affair.

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Spring fun at the food and wine festival of festivals: The Sugar Land Wine and Food Affair

Sugarland Wine and Food affair logoThis weekend the Sugarland Wine and Food Affair rolls into town and without question for me this is the most well organized and memorable wine festivals that Houston and the surrounding areas have to offer.  From bartender challenges to wines from all over the world to more food that can be conquered in a weekend the event offers the best of what local chefs and internationally wineries have to offer.

Starting tonight you can get in on the fun with the New Amsterdam Vodka On the Rocks Bartenders Challenge.  The event lets the creativity of five of the top local bartenders shine through as each bartender offers their unique spin on the featured ingredient.  As this year New Amsteredam Vodka is the main ingredient I am sure the variation of concepts will be mind blowing.

As TGIF rolls in the weekend offers an assortment of events all meant to give you the finest of food, wine, beer and cocktails.  Friday presents the premier event, the Grand Tasting.  Come hungry, thirsty and ready to have some fun.  As the event is inside it is the only opportunity you have to enjoy the pleasures the festival has to offer all inside, and sometimes climate control is a win in Houston weather.  With the festive crowd and the delicious cuisine inside it is an event not to be missed.

If being outside, or drinking beer, is more your cup of tea check out the Sip and Stroll on Saturday.  This events offers variation galore with food samplings sprinkled throughout the two building setup.  Even better for your beer lover there is a beer garden dedicated to give you the variation in familiar and new tastes of beers that you can get at a few other venues.

To wrap the weekend, the Bistro Brunch is a great way to not dread the end of your weekend as you are surrounded in the savory and sweet better known as brunch.  The brunch provides a smooth finish to a weekend of fun with live jazz in the middle of Sugar Land Town Square.

Barre non this event is the crème de la crème.  For more details of the fun of the weekend check out last year’s recaps!