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Monday, February 23, 2009

32nd Annual Seafood and Wine Festival

We had a ton of fun in Newport this weekend. My Uncle Bob and Aunt Angie invited us to camp with them in their rv just a short walk from the festival. It was my first time so I had no idea what to expect. It was 8 rows of booths about 2 football fields long? Im not a good estimator. 200+ booths and about 3000 people? again Im not the best estimator.

Tastes of wine were 50cents to $2, glasses of wine were $4+. It was fun sampling all different kinds, I dont have a mature enough palate to discuss the complexity and character or the tannins or aroma... I did swirl and sniff but I didnt know what I was smelling :) I did buy the coolest glass marker, its a magnetic frog, isnt it cute/poisonous looking?

Food on the other hand I understand. We had lobster gumbo, fresh dipped corn dogs, crab melt, oysters on a half shell, smoke salmon, clam chowder, olive tasting and a crab cocktail. Great Food.
Things to remember for next time:
  • $70 in ones per person is a bare minimum for one day(20 to get in).
  • Its more fun to go with a big group of people but makes sure to all wear matching out fits, wigs, shirts, costumes... most popular were pirates and crustaceans.
  • You can bring your own glass and decorate it, dont forget your wine-glass-holster that you wear around your neck.
  • every time someone drops their wine glass the whole tent yells at you
  • pick up a list at Newport Chamber of Commerce booth that shows you all the wines that were issued Gold/Silver/Bronze for the festival so you can taste them.
  • dont bundle up too much, it may be freezing outside but its hot in there
  • wear comfortable shoes
  • Its ok to to be wearing lots of beads, tatoos and stickers from each booth
  • wine makes people really freindly
  • you'll most likely run into at least one person you know, we saw adam, vara and b-con.
  • most people are carrying around a baguette. Taste some wine rip some bread.
You wanna go with us next year? We'll need to discuss our costume options.


The Lewis and Ruby Blog World said...


cjvandenbos said...

looks fun.

Auroracita said...

Went looking for "pirates" and "Newport" on Google today and saw your entry! Yay! So glad you had fun! That lobsterback marine you're posing with is our Woodson, our favorite whale-sized antagonist. :D We hope to see you again next year!

Greta with The Brotherhood of Oceanic Mercenaries (the roving pirate mercenaries for hire!)

Jill said...

Ok, I am going to become friends with you and go next year. I have never been!
:) Jill