Highlights – Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival

Another perfect Autumn Saturday, another gorgeous Newport backdrop, another year full of delicious food and tasting new wines, all wrapped up in the 2012 Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival. This was my fourth time attending this event, and while it wasn’t my favorite year, it was still a great way to spend a day.

Newport Mansions

{The view from Marble House, Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival}

Jacques Pepin{Jacques and Claudine Pepin – I grew up watching them, so many beautiful memories}

Kerrygold cheese{Kerrygold cheese and butter are always welcome sites}


{Kielbasa from Castle Hill Inn}

Nicholas Feuillate


{Beautiful bubbles from Nicolas Feuillate}

Nicolas FeuillateChateau D'Eclans Whispering Angel{Chateau D’Esclans Whispering Angel, a favorite}

St. Germain cocktail{The festival could be renamed the St. Germain cocktail festival. These were flowing all day, and the St. Germain booth was quite popular.}

short ribs

{Tender short ribs in a sweet and spicy sauce}

smoked salmon and orange

{Light and fresh orange and smoked salmon}

Georgetown Cupcake

{Georgetown Cupcake}

Lorenza Rose

{Lorenza Ros̩ Рone of my favorite discoveries of the day, a beautiful wine from fun mother-daughter team}


The festival was a little different this year in that it had fewer vendors, making for extra space under the tent. I found it to be a little less exciting than past years with less variety and barely any bubbly! And unfortunately many of the people pouring wine seemed like they didn’t want to be bothered telling us anything about the wines or even paying attention to us. There were plenty of exceptions, of course, but the overall vibe felt a little colder  and less energetic. The crowd was a little less polite than in past years; when will people learn to take their sample of wine and step to the side to taste it?

I heard from another attendee that Sunday was really great and that the people pouring wine were really conversational and interested in sharing information. Perhaps everyone needed to warm up a little!

It was a tiring weekend, but I am excited about the week ahead. Did you do anything fun over the weekend?


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Tags: events, Food, Newport, Travel, wine, wine and food

  1. Daisy’s avatar

    a little disappointing to hear…clearly they needed more bubbly! but I am sure you made the best of it.


  2. Erica @ In and Around Town’s avatar

    Sorry to hear this wasn’t as great in years past! More bubbly would have definitely made a difference!


  3. Lindsey @ BeantownEats’s avatar

    Oh, lack of enthusiasm and information is so sad, I know how much you look forward to this event :( More bubbles always sounds like a great idea!


  4. Megan’s avatar

    I’m so not surprised the St-Germain booth was popular. :)

    I’m sorry it wasn’t as fun this year as usual. Maybe a big group of us should go together next year and bring the party!


  5. Michelle Collins’s avatar

    So sorry to hear that this year’s festival wasn’t that great! This weekend we made some major headway with our wedding plans – and I bought my dress!


  6. Colleen @ Culinary Colleen’s avatar

    Still sounds like a fun weekend even if it wasn’t as good as other years. At least the weather was beautiful!


  7. Elizabeth’s avatar

    GTown cupcake!! :) All the food looks good!


  8. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

    Interesting how each year varies so much. Even though it wasn’t a total homerun, it does sound like a pretty delightful way to spend an autumn day!


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