The absence of the Mohegan Sun Wine and Food Festival in 2021 heightened anticipation for this year’s return, and its safe to say it was worth the wait.
It all started in the Earth Ballroom on Friday the 28th. Guests “warmed” up their palates for the weekend at the Whiskeys of the World event! Various whiskeys from Japan, Ireland, Scotland, and Kentucky were paired with delicious eats from their respective geographic location. The international whiskey experience featured guest appearances from the likes of Kevin Des Chenes, Brian Duffy, Lamar Moore and David Rose.
Up next was the first look at The Grand Tasting. The preview was ideal for scouting out personal favorites among the 1000+ varieties of wine, beer, and spirits available on the big day.
Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz stars of the hit reality series, Vanderpump Rules capped off day one with some more smooth whiskey sipping. At the stunning Novelle club, the duo hosted a mixology experience highlighting their new whiskey: Toms’ Good Lovin’. The interactive event at the main bar put smiles on everyone faces and shot glasses in their hands. Fans of the Bravo series were spoiled as their favorite actors from the show shared the story of their whiskey right before their eyes.
The following Saturday afternoon, The Grand Tasting reminded all just how special the festival really is. Not much compares to the feeling of being handed your tasting glass as you peer into the seemingly infinite rows of vendor booths. Aromas of gourmet food fill the enormous Earth expo center as does the echoes of laughter and quality conversations. It’s a learning experience as much as it is an imbibing one. Every brand representative was happy to go in-depth on the nature of their product and how it came to be.
Chef demos from the best of the best ran throughout the course of the day as well. A few of the elite who flexed their craft up close and personal included Aarón Sánchez, Nyesha Arrington, and Todd English.
A few hours after the tasting concluded, the gates to a food lover’s paradise opened, A.K.A the Celeb Chef Dine Around. In the fancy Uncas Ballroom, guests were able to chow down on specialty dishes and casually chat with the masterminds behind them. Twenty chefs were in attendance working their magic while socializing and taking pictures with fans. It’s a rare phenomenon to witness.
The weekend wrapped up with a beautifully set up Game Day Brunch, hosted by Buddy Valastro, with special guest Victor Cruz. A delectable buffet comprised of everything conceivable along with specialty drinks was the prime setup to wind down and enjoy the NFL Conference Championships. Here’s to another weekend of lifelong memories at Mohegan!
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