My mom and I went to the Food and Wine Festival at Harrah's in AC July 26 & 27 for my mother's Birthday!
We went to the Opening Night Party at the pool. We were herded into a side door entrance (no champagne entry, like everyone else seemed to get) We were hoping for a star sighting and waited for an MC to announce the weekend celebrations and events. The event info implied Robert Irvine was a host along with Anne Burrell. Anne was sighted and greeted guests who happened to find her from behind poles and rope. No one announced the show!! Robert Irvine, where were you?? No one spoke there was no ceremonial anything, just a few food stands with long lines and dirty crowded little tables. We ended up going to bar for drinks and heard later they were doing free wine tasting at bars. I paid $26 for drinks without knowing about tasting the wine or champagne until later. The event cost close to $60 and we were really disappointed!! My mom is a Food Channel fan, but now she sees that the "Celebs" could care less. Thanks for nothing guys!
For the record, we had fun at the "Italian market" (cuz we drank our wines worth!), but it was a bunch of people selling stuff, bring your wallet and email address for marketing. Was there an Italian area?? Didn't find it.
On a side Note We loved Lisa selling the Plate with wine glass holder, she is awesome. Rocky Fino Author of "Will cook for Sex" was wonderful and personable and Justin Antiorio from "Hells Kitchen" Thanks for the photo with mom and stay cool, even after becoming big!