Food and wine events are all the rage these days. In Australia alone, there is an average of six to eight shows held each month. Last February, there was the Grape Grazing Festival 2014, and on April next month, we will be having the Orange F.O.O.D Week 2014 and the Kangaroo Island Seafood ‘FEASTival’. People from different parts of the world attend these events not only to enjoy good food, but to have the opportunity to travel and meet other people as well. I myself see to it that I get the chance to attend some if not all of these events. Obviously, being the wine enthusiast that I am, I enjoy the wine events the most.
How do you get the most out of attending these events, though? Believe it or not, while such events may seem fun and exciting, they can be intimidating, too, particularly the wine events. This is especially true if you’re not used to attending such happenings or if you’re one attending as a tourist and know a very few people or no one at all.
Well, here are tips I can offer you. They are based on my personal experience so don’t just take my word for it. See what will apply for your situation and disregard what you believe is unpractical.
When Attending Food Events…
Take Lots and Lots of Pictures
I placed this as my number one tip because not taking pictures at one of the food festivities I’ve attended a few years back is one of my greatest regrets in life. It’s all about the memories, so don’t hesitate to take as many pictures of the event as you possibly can.
The early bird gets the worm. You get the point.
Don’t Travel Alone
You may not agree with me on this one, especially if you are the type who loves to travel solo. However, one of the things I’ve learned is that attending such events becomes more exciting when you can share the memory with another individual or a group.
Taste Something New
Attending food and wine events is an opportunity for you to try something you’ve never tried before, so don’t hesitate to taste that dish you’re unfamiliar with. Just make sure you’re not allergic to any of its components.
Patience is really a virtue you must carry when attending food events, especially if you’re attending one that’s very popular and sought-after. You will need it when dealing with long lines and lots of people elbowing or pushing you as you reach for that plate of crab legs.
Safety should be your number one priority when attending large public events. Make sure your valuables are securely tucked in to prevent them from being lost or stolen. Moreover, don’t forget to wear a pair of sunglasses. Wear lotion with SPF protection to keep your skin safe from the heat of the sun. Finally, don’t forget to bring lots of water to make sure you don’t get dehydrated.
When Attending Wine Tasting Events
Tasting does not mean drinking. Avoid overindulging and make use of the spit bucket they provide.
Don’t Drink On an Empty Stomach
Unless dinner is going to be served, make sure you eat before going to the event. In most cases, the tidbits of food usually served in wine events are not enough to slow down alcohol absorption, and trusting that they can get the job done will only result to you getting more drunk than expected.
Drink Lots of Water
Alcohol dehydrates, so make sure you drink lots of water before, during, and after the event.
Wear Very Little Perfume
People attending the event are there to enjoy not just the taste, but also the aroma of the wines served. Be courteous by wearing very little perfume or not wearing any perfume at all.
Wear Dark Clothes
You wouldn’t want to get Barossa Shiraz wine stain on your favorite shirt, so try to wear dark clothes as much as possible when attending wine tasting events.
Make Every Minute an Opportunities to Learn
Finally, try to make every moment an opportunity for you to learn about a thing or two more about wine. Wine and wine tasting is largely art, so there is always an opportunity to increase your knowledge about it through the opinion of other wine enthusiasts present in the event.
You might also be interested in these articles:
Attending a Wine Tasting Event (dummies.com)
How to Spit Wine (winefolly.com)
The Dos and Don’ts of Attending Food Festivals (yumsugar.com)