Friday, November 1, 2013

Almost As Good As Oktoberfest

My husband works for a great company.  They are one of those rare places that still think of their employees.  Over the summer, they held a company luau.  It was fantastic.  It took place at a gorgeous clubhouse with a pool. It was a first-class event.

Recently, my husband’s boss gave us tickets to a beer and wine fest.  These tickets cost a pretty penny, and for good reason.  Once you enter the fair grounds, it’s all you can drink and one plate of food for the cost of one ticket.  Yep.  That’s right, folks.  One price gets you all the beer and wine you can drink (or the vendor is willing to give you a sample of in most cases).  Plus, you get a giant plate of some really awesome food.

I’ll be honest. I wasn’t expecting much.  I was thinking along the lines of, “How good can free wine and beer really be?”  Well, my pessimism was misplaced.  These vendors knew a good event when they saw it.  So did my husband’s boss.  He told my hubby, “Set up a table with our literature and some give away tokens then have yourselves some fun.” 

His boss made sure our table was right here:
Best Van Ever!!!
Not even one hundred feet from the beer van.  What?  Yes!  A beer van!  It didn’t have crappy domestic beer either.  It was all imports.  I wish I could tell you what brands they were but I can’t. I drank wine from the wine vendors I’d been so skeptical about. 

One of the wine vendors had locally grown wine that was so freakin’ delicious, I dare say, it’s now in my top five wines.  He even had the ability to import my favorite German wine.  Wowzer!

Plus, there was a great band playing.  They played mostly 70’s rock music with a country tune thrown in here and there just to mix it up a bit.  There were a ton of giveaways from the vendors and the crowd had a blast.

Oh, and security was tight too.  Not only were you not getting in without a ticket, you weren’t driving drunk either. 

….hubby and I saw that the next event on the list is for fine dining…fingers crossed he has to “work” that one too!



38 comments:

  1. That sounds pretty awesome. I hope you guys did manage to slip a bit of actual work in there but even if you didn't you were probably smashed at the time and might not have cared. It's a bit odd they only give you one plate of food but I suppose that could be about the time frame.

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    1. We were good troopers. We manned the table in between visits to the vendors and the food tent. The fest was only open to the public for four hours. We were there for seven hours. We were able to visit the booths as they set up. Quite the perk!

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  2. That sounds like a great time! I always loved going to fests...too cool.

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    1. I love fests. Being outside, walking around and people watching. It really gets the mind and soul stimulated.

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  3. I want that van! You can keep the wine...just give me the beer van!

    By the way, I'm out of retirement. You beg me to come back and then don't even visit when I post? Shame on you, Elsie! I still am holding your turtle hostage, might have to rough him up a bit!

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    1. I've never seen anything like that van. I was completely surprised when they pulled in and parked behind us!

      Well, if you must know, Dan…I've had a MIGRAINE for the last three days. I still have it so you better be nice to me and my poor turtle!! Don't make me get Frankie over there to kick your ass!

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    2. Whatever! I think you're making this whole migraine thing up just so you have an excuse to not make your rounds like a good blogger! lol jk!

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    3. You got it all wrong, Dan. I make up the MIGRAINES to get attention. Duh!!

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    4. Of course! Attention whore!

      Do you have to caps lock that word....MIGRAINE? It's giving me a headache!

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    5. Damnit, you figured out my evil plot. To give you a MIGRAINE!!

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  4. LOL wow that is an awesome van haha no wonder you said you miss working, after your husband getting such perks. Mine is nothing like that, sorta sob's there.

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    1. I know, right! The people who came up to our table kept asking for my hubby's boss and saying what a great guy he was. By the end of night, I wanted to work for him!

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  5. sounds like heaven for beer lovers :)

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    1. It totally was! We're going back next year, with or without his work =)

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  6. Sounds like you guys had a blast! I used to go to beer fests back in CA during the microbrew craze but I was always the DD b/c I don't like the taste of alcohol, unfortunately....but the ex certainly had fun and the food was awesome. Plus the vendors always had something to give away like coasters, glasses, posters, etc. I went for the free swag!!!

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    1. This was my first beer and wine fest since I lived in Europe. It was even located next to a vineyard. It was so pretty. Back when we were in Europe I had my fair share of being the DD too. There was some pretty cool swag too.

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  7. That sounded great, you two deserved it!

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    1. We really did, Fran. It was our first date "day" in a long time.

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  8. Dear Elsie I think sounds amazing and funny I wouñd like hubby has a similar work lol
    Like Francis I think you two deserved, enjoy life dear Elsie send you love:))

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    1. We had a total blast! I'm so grateful he landed this job after he finished school. Lots of hugs and love to you. xoxo

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  9. Those kinds of events are usually pretty good.

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    1. The vendors were really quite generous. I was very impressed!

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  10. I would love to go to a wine fest. Or whine fest. Either. Both. Ha! Also, I discovered too late this summer that a local neighborhood/park area does a thing like this every Monday with food vans, beer and live music. Went on Labor Day and it was a great time. Perfect for people and dog watching. :)

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    1. If I drink to much wine, I might start to whine. Wow, every Monday? That rocks! That's exactly what this was like. People brought their dogs, kids, and their winter coats!!

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  11. That sounds amazing. I love the one ticket buys all thing. Most of the beer fests that I've been to have that stupid ticket system where you have to buy tickets to pay for drinks. Like, you buy 50 tickets for 10 dollars. Then beer and food costs something strange like 12 tickets each, so you're invariably left over with a shitload of tickets you can't use. Plus, you have to wait in line 20 minutes just to pay money for tickets... that you then use AS money... in other lines. WTF, right?

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    1. That's how all the other fairs we go to are. Cash for tickets that never equal to the right amount. I end up giving them to some random kid on my way out, "Here, kid, go have a blast." "Oh, shit, I just gave them the alcohol tickets! My bad!"

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    1. Hey now, if they are I'm taking that position!

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  13. I think there's a reason why the tickets are so expensive, free or not you could be rest assured you were set for some of the best stuff around, love the sounds of this Elsie, so much fun!

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    1. Oh yeah. Those tickets are pricey for a reason. All that beer and wine comes with a cost.

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  14. “How good can free wine and beer really be?”

    Are you American?

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    1. ha ha ha! That did sound pretty damn snobby didn't it?

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  15. Sounds like a fun night ~ Hope you get the next one too ~ Have a good weekend ~

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    1. My fingers are crossed! We also found out there is one for steak! Woot!!

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  16. Several years ago, I worked a van like that at Harborfest in Norfolk. Good golly, what a great time!
    As far as I can remember.

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    1. Pour one for you, pour one for me! No wonder the van was the first vendor to leave!

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