Another Vintner & Foodie Success – 13th Annual Sugar Land Wine and Food Affair

By Elsa Maxey

Doug and Susie Goff at Bartender Competition at Imperial Lofts.

Doug and Susie Goff at Bartender Competition at Imperial Lofts.

So much fun at the Sugar Land Wine and Food Affair!

That pretty much sums up what this year’s five days of food, spirits, and all the mutual and reciprocal acts of influence accomplished among those participating in what is one of the most festive environments in Fort Bend. This one, held April 6 -10, came with seven distinct events and the comment about it being so fun is Amy Mitchell’s.

An occurrence of the sold out, five course luxury dinner at NOAH’s of Sugar Land, something about a snafu with parking where a Sugar Land’s city official’s car was towed, kept the kickoff hosted by Randy and Charlene Longe as a recurring light-hearted topic of entertainment throughout the events that followed.

And, as Doug and Susie Goff entered the 5 of Houston’s Bartender’s Challenge Thursday night at the Imperial Lofts, a mental flash associating them with this year’s artistic creation by Allison Merriweather became crystal clear. That’s them and their dog, Scooter! Nathan Refell, last year’s winner, emceed the mixologist’s competition with Hi Tech Texan Michael Garfield serving as one of the judges. The crowd there, smart, stylish and energetic, cheered as the talented, charismatic competitors whipped up their creations with an eye on the $1,500.

The following night with an impressive turnout, the 250 wines at the elegant Sugar Land Marriot were tasted; the notable chef treats, too.

There were raves about the Sip & Stroll this year. Many said they liked it much better than previous ones because it was sans mud. Held next to Constellation Field with shuttle service from the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square and also great parking at the site, there were hundreds from Fort Bend and beyond enjoying the featured treats.

Mary Favre and Elsa Maxey at Sugar Land Town Center Wine & Food Affair Sunday Event.

Mary Favre and Elsa Maxey at Sugar Land Town Center Wine & Food Affair Sunday Event.

Lobster, fried and otherwise, was among the offerings as was steak, sausage, chicken, sweets, beer, tons more, and of course, wine. Also at the Breakfast at Town Square clients with expanding palates were treated to new, sensory tasting experiences.

This was the 13th annual Sugar Land Wine and Food Affair presented by the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce and The Conrad Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management attracting thousands to the largest festival of its kind in the region. Proceeds from the event will go towards student scholarships for those attending the UH Conrad N. Hilton College, ranked among the top two hospitality programs internationally.

Kudos for this annual celebration of great food and excellent wine!

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