August 28, 2013 | MIscellaneous Wine Fun! , Wine & Food Pairings, Wine Country Travel | Carol Dinh
I am a Mac n' Cheesiac!
My name is Carol and I am a novice with a deep and passionate interest in the wine industry. I recently started working at Touring & Tasting as a Marketing & Production Assistant. From time to time, I attend amazing events and festivals in the realm of wine tourism and celebrations. So, I would like to begin sharing my learning experiences with you!
I never really knew how creative wine festivals could get with their ideas. So, you can picture my pure glee and excitement when I heard a mac n' cheese festival was taking place in Paso Robles, California.
On Saturday, August 25th, my friends and I traveled to Paso Robles wine country—a beautiful and bright region with spectacular sceneries of lush vineyards. To say the least, we were ecstatic! Not only were we on our way to enjoy wine in Paso Robles, but also to savor the flavor of the 2nd annual Paso Mac & Cheese Festival thanks to American General Media.
Upon arriving at Le Vigne Winery, I was impressed by its relaxed atmosphere and spaciousness. I immediately felt the hot winds of the weather and was instantly thirsty for a glass of delicious Chardonnay.
Greeted by their friendly staff, we were each handed a plastic plate, wine glass, and a map of all the participating vendors. With live entertainment on the stage, the festival was packed with wine enthusiasts and mac n' cheese fans. Hot and hungry, my friends and I couldn't wait to start exploring the event.
My first stop was at Airen's Confections. The owner served her tasty, home-made Pumpkin Muffins and Cherry Brownies. It was definitely a great stop for your sweet treat needs at the festival! Across from her, Chef Jeff from Jeffrys Catering served his unique dish, 'Paso Mac & Cheese Steak.' With roasted garlic provolone, smoked Angus Sirloin and sautéed peppers, Chef Jeff knew how to win the crowd over. Chef Gregg and Amanda from Marisol at the Cliffs Resort served the chef's tomato twist on gourmet mac n' cheese while Cheryl from Indulge Restaurant of the Oaks Hotel dished up their signature mac n' cheese. I took one bite and I instantly craved another. I'm pretty sure I ate too much by the end of the event, but that's okay.
Next, we proceeded to indulge in delectable wines at the Villa San-Juliette and Pomar Junction booths. Villa San-Juliette's 2010 Pinot Gris and Pomar Junction's 2012 Grenache Blanc quenched my thirst with their fresh crispness. My other favorite wines at the festival were J&J Cellars' 2011 Chardonnay and Calcareous' 2010 Grenache-Mourverde. Everyone was really friendly and it was just great to meet them all.
From Lobster Mac n' Cheese, Crab Mac n' Cheese, to Chile Verde Mac n' Cheese and endless variety of award-winning wines, this mac-o-holic festival is not to be missed in its following years.
Great people, great wines, and great mac n' cheese!
@ Aug 29, 2013 at 10:52 AM
2nd year attending. My future wife and I will be "lifers" at this event.
@ Aug 31, 2013 at 12:44 AM
great article! i'll see you next year!