The 2013 Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair will be held from April 24 – 28. This year marks the 10th year of the festival and is expected to attract more than 7,000 attendees over the five day event. Proceeds support a permanent scholarship endowment at the University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. To date the event has raised more than $250,000 for scholarships awarded to students pursuing careers in the hospitality field.
There is a full schedule planned for the five days including multiple tastings, dinners, cooking demonstrations, and seminars. The most attended event, Saturday’s Sip & Stroll takes place on the grounds of the former Imperial Sugar factory and Char House, both of which are iconic images that dominated the flat plains for miles and spoke to the prosperity and entrepreneurial spirit of the region.
The five day wine and food affair kicks off starts with a VIP dinner, followed by three days of events and pop, swizzle and stir tastings. Many of America’s top regional chefs will be on hand for demonstrations including: Chef Jeffrey Balfour of Citrus at Hotel Valencia Riverwalk, Chef Peng Looi of August Moon Chinese Bistro & Asiatique, Chef Brian McNamara of Jasper The Woodlands, Chef Neal Cox of Olivette at The Houstonian, Chef Ricky Cruz of Grotto Ristorante, Chef John Signorelli of The Remington at The St. Regis Houston, Chefs/Owners Shanna Horner O’Hea and Brian O’Hea of The Kennebunk Inn and Academe Maine Brasserie & Tavern, Chef Rebecca Masson of Fluff Bake Bar, Chef Jovi Beiz, Chef Randy Evans of Haven, Chef John Sheely of Mockingbird Bistro, Restaurateur/Chef Shawn Cirkiel, Chef Ronnie Killen of Killen Steakhouse, and Chef Junnajet “Jett” Hurapan of Blu Restaurant & Lounge. Attendees will also sample an extensive range of premium wines, craft beers and spirits.
An overview of events is:
- April 24: VIP Kick-off dinner
- April 25: On the Rocks Bartender Challenge at Post Oak Grill Sugar Land
- April 26: Fred Parks Wine Seminar
- Spirits Seminar
- The Grand Tasting – Marriott Sugar Land Town Square
- April 27: Sip & Stroll at Imperial Sugar Land
- April 28: Bistro Brunch at Sugar Land Town Square
Ticket purchases and additional information are available at www.sugarlandwineandfoodaffair.com or713.SIP‐WINE (713-747-9463). News and listings of attending chefs and presenting wine, beer, and spirit providers is showcased on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sugarlandwineandfoodaffair and Twitter at www.twitter.com/SLWineFood.