A couple of weeks ago some friends and I went to the Vegas & Wine Festival that was held in Tivoli Village. It is an event that covers several days, and we decided to go on Saturday night.

Watching Chefs at Work
Watching Chefs at Work

The Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour and Vegas Uncork’d are very expensive for the average person to visit. Vegas Food & Wine Festival was targeted for those folks who’d rather not spend the equivalent of a car payment for a day’s foodie ticket.

I attended both the Grand Tour and Vegas Uncork’d events earlier this year, and they are undeniably fun and highly educational, too. The Grand Tour is especially valuable for the wine aficionado because of the numbers of 90+ point wines. Vegas Uncork’d has several days of events, and it’s always held on Mothers Day weekend. Not only is there the grand tasting (this year in the pool area of Caesar’s Palace), but special meals and seminars abound. Yes, it costs extra to nosh on small bites and taste beer with Gordon Ramsay. I didn’t go to any such seminars because the Budget™ said no, and besides, many were quickly sold out.

But I digress.

The Vegas Food & Wine Festival had more food than wine. There was some wine, but not a lot and food was the king here. I had lamb sliders, mole chicken drumstick on dirty rice with a side of lime-infused Tequila, Rosé wine, a couple of unpronounceable dishes, and a lot more.

Gnocchi in Parmesan
Gnocchi in Parmesan

The highlight of the evening was the ceremonial drumming for the blessing of the fish, and afterward, it was ritualistically and carefully cut up to serve to sushi/sashimi aficionados. I kept getting in line time and time again because the fish was absolutely incredible.

So what does this have to do with my brand new iPhone Xs Max? I took every photo and video on the slideshow with the phone. None of the photos or videos were edited whatsoever, despite the fact that this was at night. I used no flash, and the only light was from the lighting on the property. While I had to crop some of the photos that appear in this post, the ones in the slideshow are untouched. The sound is from the iPhone; there was no extra microphone or audio enhancement. I’m enamored!

Enjoy the slideshow. It is less than five minutes long, and there are three video clips included. Word of Caution – the video that shows the cutting up of the fish may be disturbing to some individuals.

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