11th Annual Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair


The 11th Annual Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair is set for April 23rd through 27th with an array of new attractions and added international flair. Attracting chefs from across the United States and Mexico, this five-day event celebrates all that is good, gooey, sweet, savory, bubbly, hoppy and simply irresistible.

The Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair has become one of the most anticipated culinary attractions of the year. Located in historic Sugar Land just minutes from Houston, its dinners, tastings and demos and have gained a well-deserved reputation for a rollicking good time where chefs share secrets, sommeliers get un-corked and attendees have exclusive access to incredible food, wine, spirits and beer.

The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce produces the event in cooperation with the University of Houston’s Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. Proceeds benefit a permanent scholarship endowment for Houston’s finest hospitality students. Since its inception, the event has given more than 45 scholarships to students.

“The students who participate in the festival benefit from both hands-on experience and valuable connections in the world of hospitality,” said director Krystal Peay. “They have the opportunity to work alongside some of the industry’s finest and learn from them in a very interactive setting.”

Events take place at Sugar Land sites that include Sugar Land’s Town Square, Sugar Land Marriott Town Square and the grounds of the former Imperial Sugar Factory and historic Char House.

The five-day wine and food affair kicks off with a VIP dinner, followed by four days of events and tastings. New attractions include an outdoor beer garden, pavilion for chef demonstrations and cookware, and a pop-up book spot sponsored by My Table magazine.

Adding to the international flair will be a cadre of celebrated chefs from Mexico. Representing the diversity of fine Mexican cuisine, the chefs will create dishes that reflect indigenous ingredients and technique. Chefs will be paired with wine producers from Mexico and makers of small-batch tequilas.

Tickets are priced from $40 to $175. A three-day VIP Grand Pass with access to The Grand Tasting, Sip & Stroll and Bistro Brunch is specially priced at $200. Special hotel packages are available at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square.

For more information or tickets, visit sugarlandwineandfoodaffair.com or call 713.SIP-WINE (713.747.9463).


 

Attendees enjoying the Sip & Stroll.

Attendees enjoying the Sip & Stroll.

2014 Event Schedule

VIP Kick-Off Dinner – April 23rd

Kicking off the 11th annual event will be a seated VIP dinner at the Houston Museum of Natural Science – Sugar Land. “The Judgment of Paris” will recreate the famous tasting held in Paris in 1976, during which the judges awarded winning scores to California wines over French wines and sent shock waves around the wine world. Guests will dine on a five-course meal and participate in blind tastings of French and Californian wines. Guests and media judges will determine who wins: old world or new world.

On the Rocks

Bartender’s Challenge – April 24th

Taste, sip and enjoy cocktails created by five of Houston’s hottest mixologists as they compete for a $1,000 prize. One recipe will be named the official cocktail of the 11th Annual Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair and will be served at the Grand Tasting, Sip & Stroll and Bistro Brunch.

The Grand Tasting – April 25th

Get up close and personal with a who’s who of culinary superstars, including Kevin Williamson of Ranch 616 in Austin, Texas; Randy Evans of Haven; Jean-Philippe Gaston of Cove; Ricky Cruz of Grotto; Jacques Fox of Artisans; John Signorelli of The Remington at St. Regis; Neal Cox of The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa; Rebecca Masson of Fluff Bake Bar and Brian and Shanna O’Hea of The Kennebunk Inn in Maine. Held in the elegant ballroom of the Sugar Land Marriott, the Grand Tasting showcases mouthwatering creations alongside wines and spirits.

Seminars – April 25th

Beer/Wine/Tequila

Learn from experts representing many of the world’s top brands. These lively, interactive sessions provide new insight into what makes your drink of choice so special.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sip & Stroll – April 26th

Sip & stroll your way across the grounds of the historic Imperial Sugar Factory showcasing chefs, restaurants and wines. The Sip & Stroll will also include a new outdoor beer garden featuring more than 100 beers from 25 different breweries and a pop-up book spot sponsored by My Table magazine. Houston-area cookbook authors including Paul Galvani, Erin Hicks, Gracie Cavnar, Shubhra Ramineni, Efisio Farris, Teresa Byrne-Dodge, “Peace Meals”/Junior League, John DeMers and Michael and David Cordúa will be on hand to sign books.

 

Bistro Brunch – April 27th

Bloody Marys, mimosas, wine, beer and much more await attendees at the Bistro Brunch. Partake in delicious foods from around the world.