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The Sacramento Zoo closed early Saturday afternoon for the 21-and-over guests to attend the annual King of Feasts Wine & Food Luau from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
The hot summer weather did not stop the crowd from attending The King of Feasts. As guests entered, the ladies from Good Day Sacramento placed festive Hawaiian leis on their necks.
The guests enjoyed a plethora of tasty samples from Sacramento’s finest restaurants and breweries, which were conveniently placed throughout the zoo. Along with food and wine were a few booths for a silent auction, which held sought-after items that benefited the zoo.
The Na Aikane Ukulele Band, VFW Ukulele Band, Kalei Kema Hawaiian guitar and Polynesian dancers set the mood for the safari event. Some guests visited Rick Kushman, author of “A Moveable Thirst,” and asked questions as he gave his expert opinion on food and wine pairing.
The Local Bartenders Guild was crowded with guests to watch the Tiki cocktail competition.
While enjoying their food and wine, guests walked around the zoo, stopping at the exhibits to take a break in between the food booths. Many guests were looking forward to seeing the baby tiger, but unfortunately the exhibit closed at 3 p.m.
I had a chat with two lovely ladies, Brenda Kirian and Wendy Kay from the Land Park Area, about their first time attending this event.
“We’re having a good time and enjoying wines that we never knew existed,” Kirian said.
Both agreed that the Rubio’s’ tacos and Paul Martin’s short rib and mashed potatoes sampler were the best food booths to visit and recommended the Vino Noceto wine booth to try their Frivolo, a light, refreshing dessert wine similar to a moscato.
Music, food and wine were a recipe for a good time on this Saturday night, with all the proceeds benefiting the Sacramento Zoo.
Photos by Alejandra Gonzalez.