Sip, Stroll and Seafood

Unique Culinary Experiences Are Part of This Year's Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair

Seafood boils, Italian wines and meat curing are just a few of the tasty opportunities.

By Rafa Farihah January 24, 2017

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It may be just outside Houston itself, but once a year Sugar Land is the ultimate destination to celebrate the legions of epicurean traditions in the most ethnically diverse county in America. Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair, a four-day festival from April 6-9 consists of dinners, learning experiences, a Grand Tasting and a two-day Sip & Stroll. On Friday, tickets went on sale for this year's event.

Partnered with IWSC Group North America, the 14th annual Sugar Land Wine and Food Affair is bringing a fusion of flavors to our city, connecting people and brands through experiences. Think international food fest paired with some of the finest wines, and encompassing a melting pot of African, Asian, Latino, European and Southwestern flavors.

The fiesta commences on April 6 with scrumptious dinners and enlightening events, such as the Boiling Point, a mecca for seafood lovers with everything from the famous Cajun crawfish and shrimp boils to barbecue blue crabs cooked by chefs David Bancroft, Houston's own Bryan Caswell and "Top Chef" alum Edward Lee. To end the night with a cherry on top, satisfy your sweet tooth with magical confections from Fluff Bake Bar's Rebecca Masson. Even sweeter, some proceeds will benefit the Southern Salt Foundation. 

Too bad diners can't be in more than one place at once: Sugar Land will also play host to an Italian invasion at the same time as the Boiling Point event. Guests will take their taste buds on an exhilarating journey of top flight wines, as guests indulge in a blind judging of drinks accompanied by entrées made by chef Andrew Curren at Sugar Land Town Square.

The following day is a real education, when the soon-to-open Bacon Bros. Public House plays host for the Cured & Fermented Lunch from 12 to 2 p.m. There, chefs Kevin Ouzts and Joseph Zerwas will discuss their methods for curing everything from salumi and kimchi. Just kick back and allow sommelier Jason Tesauro to select the supreme complementary beverage pairing with your meal. Treat yo’ self to fermented foods of every strip, whether meat, vegetable or grape.

“This gives us the opportunity to show our guests true Southern hospitality, and replicates the experience of a home-cooked meal,” Travis Cook, a managing partner at Bacon Bros. says of the event.

Bring your notepad along with your voracious appetite to Learning Experiences and the Grand Tasting on April 7. Both will showcase a tasting of delightful beverages from Roses, Killer B's, Bubbles and Crafts in the Sugar Land Marriott Town. End the night with an auction benefiting the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel & Restaurant Management, where you get a chance to bid on whichever drinks you please.

But that's not all — drink to your heart (and stomach's) content at the Sip & Stroll from 3-6 p.m. on April 8 and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on April 9.

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