This is hands down the best wine festival held in New England!
From the moment you arrive you are treated to a great experience. Not only are there loads of wonderful wine exhibitors, but there are also sponsor, restaurant, and lifestyle exhibitors! There is truly something for everyone.
And it's a three-day weekend extravaganza! Friday night began with a bourbon tasting, Saturday and Sunday the Sun WineFest Grand Tasting. And throughout the weekend there are fun events, like Grape Stomping, Celebrity Chef Dine Around, Cooking Demonstrations, and Oyster Shucking Contests!
It's busy. Very busy. And many events or days can sell out completely so it's best to buy your tickets early. Ticket package costs vary, from single day, weekend passes, and single events. Events and days can vary from $80.00 to $200.00. While some may find this pricey, if you are a wine lover and appreciator - it's totally worth it! You'll be able to sample GREAT WINE from EVERYWHERE! Local vineyards, and worldwide!
|Wines That Rock.|
|Wine Glass Charms By Dana|
|Happy SunWineFest attendees enjoying the Restaurant Exhibitors and Wine Sampling!|
Fellow Connecticut blogger Nicole of OberBargain and I attended on Sunday and had such a great time! We were able to stroll the grand ballroom and visit with many vendors, sample some favorite wines, watch some pretty neat cooking demonstrations, and some fun contests!
Some of the highlights were the beautiful stemware featured by Bottega Del Vino Crystal whose tag line is so true!
"If the wine matters, so does the glass"
One of the most popular wine tables was Brix Chocolate for Wine - and why does that not surprise me? What could be better for all the ailments of the world than a little bit of chocolate accompanied with a hearty wine? I mean, really!
|Brix Chocolate for Wine|
Another of our favorite stops was watching the cooking demonstrations! We were able to watch Connecticut native Chef William Kovel, of Catalyst Restaurant, prepare Braised Shortrib of Beef, Parsnip Puree, Hen of the Woods Mushrooms, Burgundy Snails, and Bordelaise Sauce.
|I love how the mirrored canopy allowed everyone to see the food prep on the counter and cooktop!|
And each audience member was given a copy of Chef Kovel's recipe and invited on stage to taste and sample the short ribs. All I can tell you is they were fabulous! In addition he gave lots of great tips, and the main theme was that the sign of a great cook/chef is their ability to handle, adjust, adapt, and control the heat of their stove.
|Up close and personal with Chef Kovel and tweeting for the event! #sunwinefest|
Look at those shortribs and weep! So good!
What a great day! What a great time!
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Have you been to the Sun WineFest? What was your favorite part?
I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!
Disclaimer: I received entry to the SunWineFest compliments of Mohegan Sun via Connecticut Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.