Charged atmosphere! Wines galore! Delicious food! Celebrity sightings! Really, really, REALLY full but happy bellies! 🙂
The Greenwich Food and Wine Festival last weekend was a blast! I was there Saturday and had such a great time. There was so much good food and wine to be had. The area’s best of the best were there with their delicious offerings. Nothing could be better than: old favorites like Bobby Q’S, The Schoolhouse, Rowayton Seafood, Chocopologie and Duoro along with new buzz-creators like Eleven 14 Kitchen and Bar Q as well as the much anticipated new comers like Dinosaur BBQ – all under the same tent…ready to make me one happy foodie. 🙂
I LOVED the vibe of the festival this year. Last year’s was great, but this year was awesome. I have never been to the Food and Wine Festival in Aspen but have watched enough clips on TV and internet to imagine what it must be like. Let me tell you that, visiting the Greenwich Food and Wine Festival this year made me think – this is it! This is what it must be like.
There were tons of people there – but it never felt crowded. It felt like a “success” – if you know what I mean? Despite the crowd, no one had to stand in long lines to get to their food or wine at any station. – simply because there was so much food everywhere you looked. The vendors were ready and waiting with a smile- happy to talk to you about what they do. I felt the food portions at most stations were very generous. Half hour into it, and I was already feeling full. One of these days, I really need to teach myself the art of pacing myself – but I always get hit by the “kid in the candy store” syndrome. 🙁
There was so much going on the entire day that it is hard to cover it all. So let me point out the things that stood out to me….
Notable highlights of this year’s festival:
-The Tandoori food truck parked right by the water, offering up chicken tikka masala, korma and kathi rolls. YES!!! The food truck can be found on Arch Street by the Greenwich train station.
-Watching Duff Goldman create graffiti art as he talked about the parallels between the skills to create graffiti art and skills for decorating cakes and cupcakes.
-Graham Elliot happily walking around and mingling with people and getting pictures taken with festival attendees.
-Setting my eyes on this amazingly artistic watermelon carving that Chef Ninja of Spice Affaire in Stamford had accomplished.
-Turning my head to see Ryan Fibiger standing on a podium with a huge butcher block table in front of him – complete with a huge slab of a pig….ready to do a butchering demo.
My favorite tastes of the day:
-Mysteriously spicy pumpkin soup served by Café of Love
-Divine, melt in your mouth, dark chocolate truffles served by Chocolate Lab at J House
-Memorable orange and vanilla infused ricotta fritters made by The Schoolhouse of Cannondale. I shall be dreaming of this treat for a long, long time to come
If you missed it, I urge you to look out for the next year’s event. You will be glad you did.