One of the things that I always look forward to during the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival’s Grand Tasting – other the wines, spirits, craft beers, food and great crowd – is the creative displays from the vendors.
I’ll never forget the year that Monkey Shoulder whiskey had everyone go into an orange Port-o-Let, only to emerge in a jungle scene bar which included bent bars in a gorilla cage.
Leading into 2021 I heard about a railway car being there and that indeed proved to be the case. But that’s not all. Here are the coolest things that were at the 2021 Grand Tasting, held on the spectacular Embarcadero along San Diego Bay.
High West Distillery Railroad Car
Jump aboard the party train! What a creative way to introduce this hot new Park City distillery to San Diego. You climbed aboard a railroad car and got a pretty sizeable drink that was very refreshing on a hot 85-degree day. Awesome.
Maker’s Mark Bar
This famous Kentucky bourbon brought in an actual bar to serve drinks. That’s one way to make a mark at the Grand Tasting!
Massive Sip And Taste Korea Video Screen
When I first saw this, I stopped in my tracks. Korea had a giant section with a ginormous video screen showing all kinds of cool videos. Even on this bright and sunny day it stood out as being, well, wow!
Brandt Beef Garden
You’re heard of a beer garden, of course. Well Brandt Beef of Brawley, CA (far east San Diego County, south of the Salton Sea and near the Mexican border) served up sliders and fantastic pulled pork with coleslaw in a “beef garden, “the food equivalent of a beer garden. It was like a Vegas lounge, too, with couches and soft chairs. This was a great hangout and slowdown spot, ideal for getting off one’s feet and taking a break from all the activity buzzing around the rest of the event.
Sagamore Spirit Rye Airstream
Okay, so the event had a bar and a train. Well Sagamore Spirit Rye Whiskey – all the way to San Diego from Baltimore – poured samples out of an Airstream. Classic!
Arlo Skewer Board
Arlo, located on Hotel Circle in San Diego, stood out from other restaurants by having a skewer board! Employees put their skewers into a large, wooden board, which is the most creative food presentation I have ever seen here from a vendor.
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