What is better than wine tasting? Food AND wine tasting! Downtown Washington Inc. introduced a new event for this year’s Fine Art Fair & Winefest: Sip and Savor Sunday!
The scoop: local restaurants paired with wineries from the area give you samples of wine and the food that goes best with it.
Naturally, I had to buy a ticket. Only 200 tickets were available, and the tasting happened on Sunday between noon and 3pm.
With the ticket, I got a souvenir glass and a plate for my food samples.
Glad not to be the only person with a camera. Everybody was excited about this new event.
The wineries and restaurants were set up under the Farmers’ market pavilion, ready to offer delicious samples to the eager ticket holders.
Tickets could be purchased in advance for $20 or at the door for $25.
We started the tasting with Blue Duck and Noboleis Winery.
Karmen’s desserts never disappoint.
Next on our list was Old Dutch. Always a pleasure to see Nicole.
I don’t know how Ben does it, but these crab stuffed strawberries (that’s all I could remember from the description) were to die for.
Paired with wine from St. James Winery.
The blush was delicious.
Joe from Joe’s Bakery and Delicatessen had a gourmet surprise in store.
Bacon-wrapped shrimp with horseradish sauce. I don’t even like horseradish, but this was so delicious!
Tables were provided to leisurely enjoy the food and wine while doing the tasting.
Although the portions were small, good food has the tendency to make you feel satisfied and needs to be properly enjoyed.
Unrushed meals are the best, especially when they are prepared by gourmet chefs and pried with the best local wines.
It was fun to decide which restaurant and winery to visit next.
Many familiar faces.
Doing tastings is a great way to expand your palate and discover new things you like.
People had a chance to vote for their favorite pairing, and a celebrity judge from Feast magazine was also present to select the best winery & restaurant combination.
We managed to visit all nine participating restaurants and wineries and it was very hard to decide who to vote for. All the pairings were amazing!
Jess, the manager of Augusta Winery, looking great in green.
In the meantime, the festivities were continuing downtown under the great sound by the ECC Jazz Band.
It was time to find out who the winner with the best pairing was!
Alex Hodschayan, events coordinator at Downtown Washington Inc., tells Karmen from The Blue Duck that the celebrity judge from Feast Magazine selected them and Noboleis Vineyards as the winners!
Needless to say, Chris and Karmen were excited!
Megan Boecker from Noboleis Winery accepts their award.
A group photo with celebrity judge Kristin Brashares with Feast Magazine (the pretty lady in the striped dress).
The Blue Duck and Noboleis Vineyards will get to keep the traveling trophy for 2014!
But, this is not all. The Blue Duck and Noboleis Vineyards also won the People’s Choice award!!
Chris and Karmen better get used to this 🙂 We are so lucky to have them downtown, and it’s wonderful that they are getting recognition for what they do.
One more group photo 🙂 Congratulations to the Blue Duck and Noboleis Vinayards for winning both the critic’s and people’s choice awards for food and wine pairings at Downtown Washington, Inc.’s 33rd annual Art Fair & Winefest!
This year’s Art fair and Winefest was amazing as always, and we were lucky to have beautiful weather. I am already looking forward to next year!
Passing the baton (wine bottle in this case) from one Art Fair and Winefest Chair Person to the next!
For more information about the downtown festivals and events and the date for the 2015 Art Fair and Winefest, click here.