Friday, Geof and I stayed in and it was nice having him home. He was everywhere from Canada to Miami in one week and I missed him like crazy.
Saturday, Kristen and Sean picked us up bright and early to head out to Harrisburg for the PA Flavor Beer & Food Expo. We checked into the hotel, got ready and headed right over. When we first got there we went in the wrong entrance which was clear from the smell as soon as we walked through the doors. It was an Alpaca show and we were out of there faster than you can say rodeo.
When we finally got to the right area, it was time to get sampling. They gave us a mini glass, probably about 6 ounces and the perfect size to try different beer from over 30 breweries. They had everything from stouts to pale ale. My favorite one of the day was probably the Cherry Chocolate Bock from Sam Adams. I also really liked the Scarlet Lady Ale from Stoudt’s. Hoppy, light and delicious.
Favorite of the day
Geof with the guy from Fegley's
Kristen & I
Along with the beer, there was plenty of food on hand from area restaurants. I had some fantastic bbq pulled pork with polenta and later some delicious bleu cheese and porcini mushroom meatloaf from Appalachian Brewing Company. We also tried some interesting hot soft pretzels called Hempzels that were made with hemp flour, seed and oil. There was a bread vendor there (perfect for a beer event) and we bought a loaf of cheddar explosion bread. So good.
Pulled Pork & Polenta
Had to get a pic with the cool cap guy
We went back to the hotel and I unfortunately had to work for a couple hours, but it was fine. I got done what I needed to and enjoyed myself after that. We get a hold of our friends Liz & Josh that we met on our cruise last year and they came to pick us up for dinner. We headed across the river to Duke’s and it was so much fun. This is a couple that I wish didn’t live 2 hours away, because I could spend countless hours with them. I ordered a burger and it was a monster. They don’t mess around with portions in the country.
Sunday we grabbed some hotel breakfast, checked out and headed home.