Grapes naturally exist in three forms: solid, liquid, and raisin. Imbibe the fruit's most drinkable state with today's Groupon to Inside Columbia magazine’s 2011 Wine and Food Festival in Columbia, Missouri. Choose between the following options:
- For $35, you get admission to the festival’s Grand Tasting on May 20 and the Sip 'n’ Shop event on May 21 (a $70 value).
- For $45, you get a one-night stay at the Regency Hotel Downtown in Columbia on May 20 or May 21 (an $88 value). A Groupon may be purchased for one or both nights.
Inside Columbia magazine pairs the libations of more than 200 wineries with the cuisine of local chefs to delight a gamut of taste buds at the Wine and Food Festival. Upon arriving at the Grand Tasting on Friday, thirsty bacchanalians receive a festival passport and a complimentary Riedel wine glass with which to swirl myriad vintages and to splash insightful Rorschach patterns onto their wine bibs. Activate the passport's enchanted runes at Saturday’s Sip 'n’ Shop to unlock discounts from more than 20 local merchants and register for the Candy Factory’s 30-minute Chocolate Symposium (capped at 90 guests), which explores the mystical bond between chocolate and wine. Those who opt for a night at the Regency Hotel Downtown can establish a central base of operations and a soft pillow to imbue with dreams of ruby waterfalls.
Live music keeps sippers lively as they dip and dabble in a spectrum of 400 different wines. During the Grand Tasting, winemakers and oenophiles stand ready to answer visitors' consuming questions while the festival's featured chefs provide delectable culinary interludes and perform elaborate hat dances.
"Inside Columbia" Magazine
Since its founding in 2005, "Inside Columbia" magazine has been inspiring spirited water-cooler chat with its coverage of all things new and noteworthy in the city. Photos of mid-Missouri day-trip destinations, colorful local shops, and besotted brides and grooms grace its glossy pages. Chefs share recipes for everything from bourbon cocktails to Peruvian ceviche, while restaurant profiles keep readers up-to-date on the city's culinary scene. Besides the magazine, "Inside Columbia" also hosts a wide range of events, from the College of Barbecue Knowledge to the annual Wine and Food Festival.