It was quite happenstance or serendipity, but this vacation of ours was planned quite some time prior and only about a month or so prior to our leaving, did I find out about this event. Through the wonders of social media, I have met some wonderful people and I have made some great discoveries. Some people go out of their way to call themselves “influencers” and some don’t need to bother, and of the latter group is one of the gentlemen that I have met. Earlier, I saw several teaser postings of the Festival and I immediately mentioned it to my Bride, that there was a festival being promoted at Tivoli Village, which is one of the areas that we always include in our morning walks. Then, there was actual mentions of the festival, and even a mention of tickets, if one was interested. Eventually, I put two and two together, and realized that we would be there, that Friday evening. I inquired about tickets for my Bride and I and the next thing I knew we had two VIP tickets.
Where we originally envisaged in our mind’s eye where the festival would be held, we were wrong, it was in the back half of the Village, and every morning during our walks, we kind of watched as the festival was taking shape. The general admission for the festival was from 10:00PM to 11:30PM, while the VIP tickets got us in at 8:00PM and we were there as the doors or gates opened. I had never met the individual that was our benefactor, though over the course of a couple of years, we had some conversations. I recognized him immediately and went to introduce myself, while my Bride capture the moment, of course, she took the photo, before I got a chance to smile for the camera. We then received a woven embossed lace bracelet that was put on our wrists, in case any of the guards thought that we were gate-crashers and we each also received a crystal wine glass to taste the wines.
The event reminded me of other culinary events that we have been too, of course those did not have the glamour of Las Vegas. It was a great evening, and I am glad that our children and grandchildren allowed us a night of our own. We immediately stopped and had our glasses filled at the first wine table, we encountered, as I mean, an empty wine glass at the Las Vegas Food & Wine Festival almost sounds like a sin. Then we gave a once over of the grounds and watched as an official festival photographer was doing his job. There will be plenty of articles as we had fun and notes and photos of the wines were taken.