The fest started with pours of 2 different ciders courtesy of D’s Wicked Cider in Kennewick. Anthoni Garcia, Cider House manager, poured and enlightened us on the beverages. We received several positive comments regarding having hard cider as an entry offering.
An event highlight was the entertainment Pat Holten provided with her accordion! The music really lent the event a festive atmosphere and helped get everyone in the mood. Thank you, Pat!
Another event offering was beer! Ice Harbor Brewing donated 3 different beers – a nut brown ale; a tangerine Hefeweisen; and, a Kolsch. We also received several positive comments on offering beer; and, we had a split with half enjoying the beers vs. the wines with the German brats and pretzels with a cheese beer dip and mustard.
Most event attendees liked the concept of mingling with bistro-style tables. However, a number of attendees cited a lack of chairs and tables for sitting and eating. We also received a lot of positive reinforcement for guests being able to choose the order of the beers, wines and foods.
As to the wines, the 2014 Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards Grüner Veltliner from the Rogue Valley, Ore., and the 2014 Kiona Vineyards Red Mountain Lemberger seemed to be the favorites from comments heard at the event. While some of the German/Bavarian wines did not garner many accolades, there was consensus that they tasted better with the food.
Speaking of food, the CG Public House food was well received and rated “excellent” on the comment cards.
Favorites were the German potato salad, the crostini, the lentil soup and, of course, the brats!
All in all, the meeting and mingling of guests was
successful. We would also like to thank all the volunteers who helped pour and make the event a success.
Until next time, danke schoen und auf wiedersehen!