Food and wine festivals allow people to diversify their palates in one day, a feat previously attainable only by cramming five frozen dinners and a variety pack of juice boxes into a blender. Savor expanding horizons with today’s Groupon to the Flavors of Freeport festival at the Hilton Garden Inn. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get two tickets to the First Annual Freeport Ice Bar and two complimentary alcoholic beverages on Friday, February 17 at 5 p.m. (a $30 value).
- For $25, you get two tickets to Flavors of Freeport Chef’s Signature Series on Friday, February 17 at 6 p.m. (a $50 value). <p>
From within the Hilton Garden Inn will swirl the sounds of clinking glasses and the bubble of conversation, framed by the aromas of barbecue from Buck’s Naked and snacks from chefs around the city. The event begins in the hotel courtyard with the opening of the first annual Freeport Ice Bar, where bargoers sipping complimentary beverages mingle near toasty fires and ice sculptures of famous fires. A martini luge slides elixirs across crystalline planes and into waiting glasses. A wider range of tastes populate the Hilton’s ballroom, where local epicureans plate bite-size specialties ahead of the Chef’s Signature Series. A steady supply of wine, beer, and spirit samples fuel cheery warmth in visitors perusing an assortment of culinary offerings, and those casting votes for their favorite fare gain entry in a door-prize raffle. Both events only host those 21 and older, and, like the office of a sundial, the ballroom and ice bar close at 9 p.m.
Flavors of Freeport
Clinking glasses, chitchat, and the aromas of local fare from Freeport's finest chefs fill the air at the Hilton Garden Inn, which hosts the 2013 Flavors of Freeport presented by FreeportUSA. In the hotel's outdoor courtyard, thirsty guests can visit the Freeport Ice Bar, which offers hot coffee, samples of barbecue, and glowing beverages near toasty fires and glistening ice sculptures. A martini luge sends elixirs across icy planes and into waiting glasses while a soundtrack of tunes emanates straight from an onsite DJ.
Inside, some of Freeport's top epicureans showcase their palate-pleasing dishes during the Chef's Signature Series. A collection of wine, beer, and spirits gathered from Maine's purveyors slakes thirsts as guests sample an assortment of culinary offerings. Guests can cast votes for their favorite flavor entry and table display. Door-prizes raffles are also available. Event attendees also can place silent bids on pieces from the Freeport Art & Music Festival to benefit the Freeport Food Pantry. Both events only host those aged 21 or older.