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Every June, Worlds of Fun throws the World Food and Wine Festival, bringing wine tastings and food pairings to Kansas City!
Wine is my friend. The older I get, the more I find myself turning to it over other libations. A sauvignon blanc or rosé? Yes, sign me up! Chardonnay or red zinfandel? Why not? Some of my best times in life have been spent over a glass of wine with good friends or family. When I was invited to visit the World Wine and Food Festival at Worlds of Fun this past weekend, I was thrilled! Wine, food, and rides? That's a no-brainer.
You might remember that I visited the All American Barbecue and Brew Fest back in April. My husband and I treated it as a date night, sampling brews from Midwest craft brewers and delicious small plates from Executive Chef Kevin Williams.The World Food and Wine Festival follows the same format, with tasting stations set up. Each station provides wine from a local winery or group of nationally known winemakers, and a small plate. I felt that the pours were very generous for this wine fest. Two samples were provided per station!
Visiting a wine festival provides me a chance to get to know the winemakers and winery employees a bit better. My husband actually dreads going with me because I get caught up in long conversations. My background in recycling and glass packaging overlap with their work just enough to have some real threads of conversation with these folks, and I always leave with a short list of wineries I'd like to visit in person. I had a wonderful visit with Kim from Arcadian Moon, a winery (and now brewery) just outside of Kansas City. I sampled a delicious vignoles called Bellatrix (named after a star, not the Harry Potter character) and learned more about the wineries green efforts. I told Craig it was time to plan our visit to the winery! Other local wineries offering tastings included Belvoir Winery, Somerset Ridge, and Les Bourgeous, a winery close to my hometown in central Missouri!
The food at the World Food and Wine Festival was every bit as good as the spring's beer fest, which I raved about here. Each station had a different small bite, including Shrimp and Grits, Antipasto, Coconut Chicken, Beef Wellington, Macaroni Bites, and Mini Cheesecakes. Our favorites were the Coconut Chicken, which was topped with a scrumptious Mango and Pineapple Chutney, and the Macaroni Bites, which was basically a fried macaroni and cheese dumpling! Oh my goodness, delicious!
After we had our fill, we moseyed on over to Planet Snoopy to let my son ride a few rides! Worlds of Fun has added five new family friendly rides this season, and Eli is just tall enough to ride most of them with our assistance. He's already asking to go back to ride the trains and planes!
If you visited this year's World Food and Wine Festival at Worlds of Fun, let me know in the comments! I'd love to know what you thought.
This post is sponsored by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand, and I have been compensated for my participation. All opinions are my own.