Food is front and center at Wichita Women's Fair

February 07, 2019 - 1:41 pm

Food highlights at this year’s Women’s Fair Feb. 15-17 at Century II include a nationally recognized nutritionist, the debut of a cookbook written by the owner of Wichita restaurant Byblos and the first ever craft beer tasting.

In addition to the chef demos, exhibitors at this year’s fair will feature wine tasting and the opportunity to shop for the latest in kitchen gadgets, accessories, cookware and gourmet foods.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill Chef Joe Parten will kick off Girls Night Out at 4 p.m. Friday by demonstrating and offering samples of Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Pepperonata Sauce. Attendees attending the demonstration will also receive a card for a free appetizer or dessert at Carrabba’s.

The first craft beer tasting will be hosted by Wichita microbrewery Aero Plains from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday. Aero Plains’ expert taster and local beer guru, James Ryan Burke, will share four of his favorite brews, including Wingman Wheat and Aero Vice Raspberry Tart. Burke will also discuss beer history, ingredients and types of beers, as well as the transition to craft beer.

Also on Friday evening, Guy Bower, producer and host of “The Good Life” radio program on KNSS, will present The Three Faces of Riesling at 5:30 p.m. He’ll discuss Rieslings’ German roots and offer samples of three affordably priced (under $10) Chateau St. Michelle wines. “We’ll taste three great examples, a dry style, a semi-sweet style and a very sweet late harvest wine,” Bower said. “Regardless of your personal preference, you’re sure to expand your wine enjoyment and gain appreciation for this splendid white grape.”

Girls Night Out will also offer restaurant samples starting at 5 p.m. Friday. Throughout the weekend, exhibitors will offer samples of Kansas wines, Wisconsin cheese, coffee, bundt and coffee cakes, gourmet mustards, homemade salsas, flavored oils and vinegars, teas, coffees, relishes, dips, soups and other products from across the region.           

Natasha Gandhi-Rue, owner/chef of the Kitchen, will present Weeknight One Pot Dinners at 11 a.m. Saturday. She’ll demonstrate how busy nights don’t have to mean boring dinners by sharing her recipe for decadent one-pot macaroni and cheese. Attendees will also be able to register for a free cooking class.

Because of the construction at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, a shuttle will be operating from parking lots at Gander Mountain and the corner of Williams and Market. Parking, both paid and free, will be available in other surrounding lots.         

Fair hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for children 6-12. Children 5 and under are free.

Visit the website womensfair.com for more information.

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