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Culinaria Tees Off with Sip, Savor and Shop

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Sip, Savor and Shop attendees stop to sample spicy sausages at a restaurant station.

The newly named Culinaria, formerly the New World Wine & Food Festival, opened Wednesday night at the Shops at La Cantera.

As wine sellers and restaurateurs  put finishing touches on their stations, fired up the chafing dishes and iced down the drinks, festival-goers began to stream in.

“It’s crazy,” said Christina Higgs, a Culinaria staffer. “But we knew it would be, it’ll be fine.”

This event premiered at November’s New World Wine & Food Festival, but the festival staff had to do a quick turnaround to stage it again just six months later.¬† In addition to the new name and date, the festival now has a new partner in the Valero Texas Open.

Those who attended Sip, Savor and Shop received wine glasses and sampled such fare as spicy sausages from Maggiano’s Italian restaurant. Also this evening at the Shops was the VIP Bubbles & Cocktails Event at Tiffany & Co.

Tomorrow evening’s choices are between winemaker dinners and the always popular Burgers, BBQ, Beer and Texas Spirits at the JW Marriott.¬†

Look for a full schedule of events at the Culinaria website.

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