Monday, April 11, 2011

Weekend recap

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.


PA Flavor

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


Stoudt's

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


Voodoo


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.

16 comments:

PinkSass said...

I love a good beer fest. Preston and I met at one.

MCW said...

OMG. The meatloaf sounds fantastic! What a fun way to spend a Saturday.

Lindsey said...

LOVE beer fests! So fun!

Gwen said...

Um...I need that cap vest. :) What a fun trip! I wish they had beer fests in our city. LOL!!

Kathie @ Like A Box Of Chocolates said...

How fun!

I don't like beer, but I would have loved the food! (Josh says I should try the beer at beer fests, it's nothing like the crap I've had, but I am doubtful). :-)

Kristin said...

That's my kinda expo! Yum!

Miss K said...

i love beer fests!!! so much fun!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Sounds like a great time! I went to a beer fest last summer for my birthday at the Paramount Studios lot. Seeing your post makes me want to go to another.

Glad you had a blast and got to hang out with good people :)

Have a great week!

Leslie said...

That sounds like such a good time!! There's a beerfest coming up soon at the ATL Zoo that sounds like SO much fun!

Meghan said...

The pulled pork looks amazing! So glad you had a wonderful time!

Miss Sweet Tea said...

It looks like you had a really fun weekend! We go to many beer events, but I just go for the food! :)

Steph @ Thoughts From Cali said...

I am so jealous of your fun filled weekends!

Wild Mountain Gourmet said...

Thanks for the insights, we were there as a food vendor, Wild Mountain Gourmet, and had a great time seeing everyone and got to taste some wonderful brews also!!! See you next year???

Dana said...

Sounds like a good weekend, beer and the one that you love.

Carly said...

My mouth is literally watering at the Pulled Pork..delicious. Sounds like a great weekend:)
C

Kristin said...

I definitely need to hit up our next beer fest! You can't beat good brews and good eats!