Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival

The last time I attended a wine festival, it was the middle of summer, we had gorgeous weather, and an abundance of food and wine. I was thoroughly amazed by the vineyards and taken by the vendors sampling out their goodies.  My friends and I had a terrific time and I thought it was an experience that was hard to top.

Until the Newport Mansions entered the picture.

It blew my last wine festival out of the water. This past weekend, I went to the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival at the Marble House and it was a festival on steroids. Everything was bigger, better, and more packed. Touted as “the most sophisticated wine and food festival on the East Coast,” it featured over 100 wineries, celebrity chefs, a jazz brunch, seminars, a two-day Grand Tasting, a silent auction, and a gala celebration. No wonder my friend Meghan considers it as one of her very favorite events in the world!

I had numerous little bites to eat, and many, many, many sips of wine. The whole event was very well-planned, and I love that it was held at the beautiful Marble House.

fun fact: the Marble House was a summer house or “cottage” of the Vanderbilts

The Vanderbilt family remain one of the wealthiest families in history. One of the heiresses, Gloria Vanderbilt, was a fashion designer in the 70s. And one of her sons became one of the most prominent broadcast and TV personalities. Do you know who it is? It’s Anderson Cooper! Yup, the Silver Fox is a Vanderbilt.

Aside from the mansion, here are my top five favorite things from the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival:

pulled pork tacos with a goat cheese cream sauce from Eleven Forty Nine restaurant

the surf and turf bun from David Burke – with rib eye and lobster

stuffed quahog (“stuffie”) from Dave’s Marketplace

Is it just me but do you also think of Family Guy whenever you hear Quahog?

the best drink of the day: St-Germain sangria

I love St-Germain and sangria has a very special place in my heart so this drink was hands-down my favorite. This is something that’s very easy to re-create at home. It was just St-Germain, red wine, and peaches and grapes. Pure perfection.

lat but not least, dessert: pineapple bread pudding with caramel sauce

It’s always best to end with something sweet, right? This was a lovely way to cap off the festival.

In other news, something very excited happened to Confessions of a Chocoholic this month! My blog is featured as “The Blog for Foodies” in the Fall issue of Edible Boston.

my blog is on page 36!

I was very excited when I was contacted by Claire Willett, who wrote the feature, for an interview a couple of months ago. And now I am so happy to finally see it in print! My blog is one of seven food blogs highlighted and I am in great company. As the article states, “all of them will make you very hungry.”  The featured blogs are:

Confessions of a Chocoholic, blog for foodies

Grow, Cook, Eat, blog for food producers

Food on the Food, blog for locavores

Boston Food Finds, blog for dining out

Mike Kostyo,   blog for David Foster Wallace fans

La Tartine Gourmande, blog for serious gourmands

Fresh New England, blog for fresh-churned butter lovers

You can check out the digital issue of Edible Boston, or grab a free copy from these locations.

I hope you are all having a delicious week! What was your favorite bite this week?


25 Responses to “Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival”

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    Michelle posted September 29, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Congrats on the blog feature!

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      Bianca Garcia posted September 29, 2011 at 9:41 am

      Thanks Michelle! I miss you and hope to see you soon!

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    Meghan@travelwinedine posted September 29, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Congratulations on the feature! That is so exciting. And it was great to see you in Newport, I can’t wait until next year!

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    Melanie posted September 29, 2011 at 9:08 am

    omg I wish I had known about this event. It looks UNBELIEVABLE!! Also, I love eleven forty nine restaurant! And congrats on the feature! So exciting :)

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      Bianca Garcia posted September 29, 2011 at 9:45 am

      Hi Mel! I definitely want to check out Eleven Forty Nine restaurant next time we’re back in RI. It really was such a great event, you should come next year!

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    Erica @ In and Around Town posted September 29, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Quahog = Family Guy for me, its terrible! Looks like such a fun event with some amazing food. The mansions are so impressive down there…

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    Amy posted September 29, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Oh wow, that looks so amazing! Newport holds a special place in my heart as we used to spend summers down there and wine holds an even more special place in my heart, haha. I will have to make sure to get there next year! Sounds like an amazing time.

    Congrats on the feature as well!

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted September 29, 2011 at 10:35 am

    What an awesome event – and what an honor to be feature besides the likes of the Tartine Gourmande! Impressive!!

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    MelissaNibbles posted September 29, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I’ve been to Eleven Forty Nine a bunch of times. Their food is delicious! I can’t go to Newport without eating there.

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    Megan posted September 29, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Congrats on being featured! That’s awesome!

    I could seriously go for some of those pork tacos and of course the St-Germain sangria right now!

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    Kim K posted September 29, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    i want all that food and drink! hurray for the feature – a huge congrats bianca!

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    Michelle Collins posted September 29, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Congrats on the feature! I haven’t been to Newport in years, but I love it there. Looks like a great event!

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    Alaina posted September 29, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Congrats on the feature! That’s awesome! :-)

    That food and wine festival looks like just my thing. Hope to make it to one of those someday! And that bun looks like the belly buns from Myers + Chang. So doughy!

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    El posted September 29, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    I’m glad to hear about the food and wine festival. I’ve always wondered about it. Congratulations on your feature and thanks for the mention too!

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    lindsay posted September 30, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Congrats on your feature! well earned too! Food and wine festivals make for great fun and lots fo stories.

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    cassie posted October 1, 2011 at 7:24 am

    i love Newport.. haven’t been to this event in particular must check it out.. that bread pudding looks divine :-) congrats on being featured in edible boston

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    Kerstin posted October 1, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Congrats on the feature, how cool! And the festival looks so fun, maybe we’ll check it out next year :)

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    Tracey posted October 1, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Wow!!!! Congratulations on your feature – that is amazing and absolutely deserved!

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    Elizabeth posted October 2, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    That house is fabulous. I’ve always wanted to visit Newport!

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga posted October 2, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Congrats on your feature. Bea of La Tartine Gourmande is BIG TIME. Wow, congrats on being featured with her…her photography is such an inspiration for me!

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    Simply Life posted October 3, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Congrats! Being featured is so exciting…as is that amazing wine festival!

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    Hannah posted October 3, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Oh yeah, my family’s holiday home is just like that. Yep.

    (We don’t even have a holiday home.)

    That bread pudding sounds lovely!

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    Hannah posted October 3, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Oh and congratulations, of course!!

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    Megan posted October 6, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    First of all, CONGRATS on being featured! That’s so great to hear! Second, I LOVE the Newport Mansions. I had no idea they had a wine festival every year…must check it out!

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