The event was hosted by Rachael Ray who is just as fun in person as she is on TV.
Chris tried 4 of the 31 burgers and really liked them all. As you might have guessed, I tried zero burgers but I did sample some crazy good cookies from Levain Bakery and enjoyed tasty mango ice cream from San Bernardo.
Celebrity spotting at this Food Network event was fun. Anne Burrell, Trisha Yearwood and Andrew Zimmern are pictured below. I was most excited to see Trisha Yearwood because I love her music but was surprised at how many other were too. I overheard a lot of people say "oh my god, it's Trisha Yearwood!"
When Rachael Ray was on stage she mentioned that one of the beers Amstel was serving tasted just like Fresca. I knew I needed to try it after hearing that. Sure enough, it tasted nothing like beer which was perfect for me! It was about 110 degrees in that tent, so I really enjoyed my cold beer.
The event was really, really crowded (which sort of blows my mind because tickets were $225), so we made our way outside of the food tent where it was cooler and less congested. Other than the sand beneath our feet, it didn't feel like a beach event and you would never know the ocean was 20 feet away.
There are a lot of interesting events as part of the festival, I only wish they weren't so dang expensive. Hopefully we'll stumble into some free tickets next year too!