Good Eats and Meets! Charlotte, because we're always going somewhere. A couple of weekends ago, we loaded up and headed to the quaint, picturesque mountain town of Blowing Rock, NC for the Grand Wine Tasting event at the Blue Ridge Wine and Food Festival. The festival runs for five days and features well-known area chefs, all things gourmet food, and North Carolina wines.
I may not know the square root of 9, but I can remember most all field trips taken during my grade school and high school years. The Knoxville Zoo, Biltmore House and Gardens, Bristol Caverns, and New York City just to name a few of the best ones. Field Trip Day was a day of making sure you coordinated your super cute outfit with your BFF and secured a good seat on the bus behind your grade school crush. It was a day of giggling, gossiping and taking silly photos with your now retro Kodak Instamatic camera with flash cubes. Field trips were the best part of being a kid....
I found this event to be much more enjoyable than the Yadkin Valley Wine Festival that we attended last summer, mainly because Yadkin Valley held theirs in the blazing, sweltering heat of full-on summer and we were all too miserably hot to drink (imagine that ~ me too hot to drink!). What wine we did consume sweated out through our pores seconds later. Blowing Rock, by default, has the cool mountain air in its favor and they had a huge tent set up for the event to boot. They also provided a tasty on-going spread of appetizers as part of the admission price. I also liked the selection of wineries featured at this festival versus the other. If you aren't a fan of muscadines or the sweeter varieties of wine this may not be the festival for you, but as a lover of both, it was right up my vino alley!
Waldensian Style Wines in Connelly Spring, NC and based upon the line of returning samplers, it was a favorite among most everyone. So popular, in fact, that we think the strain of dispensing samples from the machine caused a fuse to blow and knock out the power supply in the entire town of Blowing Rock! Not really, but it made for a good story as to why the power did go out. I'm sure it actually had something to do with Mother Nature who bestowed upon us torrential rain, tornadoes, mudslides, fog, and wind for most of the day. The festival was actually delayed for 3 hours while Mother pounded it out of her system, but we didn't mind because it gave our group time to have an excellent lunch at Bistro Roca Restaurant and Antlers Bar while we waited for the sun to reappear.
A fabulous field trip with fabulous friends, food and wine.....far more better than a bumpy bus ride with a bunch of screaming grade schoolers!!