National Harbor, MD (May 7, 2012) – The two-day 5th Annual National Harbor Wine & Food Festival was host to area chefs, artisanal craftsmen, culinary pioneers, smooth jazz, family fun as well as wine and spirits from around the world.
[Hey! Have you seen my post on custom-made MTM clothing? Take a look, and if you place an order, they will add a free custom shirt. Just tell them The Washington Lobbyist sent you.]
This year’s festival included over 150 International wines, spirits and beers featured along with local and regional favorites. Guests were able to sample all of the varieties as well as purchase them by the glass and the bottle for a great on-site only price.
In addition to wine, there was a Cinco De Mayo Pavilion featuring Hornitos tequila, special craft beer tasting bier garten experience, a whiskey and bourbon tasting, and three stages of live music. If you grabbed a VIP ticket, you enjoyed Rosa Mexicano’s chips and guacamole, whoopie pies, crab dip by KS Catering, and whole hog table service featuring Kloby’s Smokehouse and more.
The Pennsylvania Beef Council, along with Roseda Beef, made their appearance once again this year at the National Harbor Wine & Food Festival. There was a very popular sampling and a chef demonstration, and an I Love Beef Trivia Triathalon, in which Kate Michael from K Street Kate, food writer Nevin Martell, and yours truly competed in a series of fun challenges, including a map the cut contest, beef trivia and a potato-peeling, meatball-making mis-en-place relay.
Beyond the pier and tents, the Harbor hosted a first ever Vintner Wine dinner at Old Hickory at Gaylord National Harbor featuring Turtle Creek Vineyards, a 40-Year Vertical Wine tasting of Beaulieu Vineyard Georges De Latour Private Reserve and a food truck market.
*Nevin Martell, Kate Michael, and yours truly competed in Beef Trivia Triathlon. Patty was not harmed or eaten.