Presenting 2018 Talent Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair Showcases Melting Pot of Cuisines and Talent

SUGAR LAND, TEXAS, February 8, 2018 – The 15th anniversary of the Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair (, slated for April 4 – 8, 2018, will celebrate Gulf Coast to global foods, cultures and traditions. Expected to be the largest in its history, the event will feature award-winning talent, master sommeliers, mixologists, themed events and expansive new venues.


The partial list of talent at The Grand Tasting includes:

Brian O’Hea, Academe at The Kennebunk Inn; Elise Russ, Clementine; Ricky Cruz, Grotto Restaurant; Andrew Lobeck, Merlion Restaurant; Alex Padilla, Original Ninfa’s on Navigation; Ben Runkle, Salt & Time; Tai Nguyen, SeaSide Poke; Ming Pu, The 502 Bar & Bistro; Kourtenie Tyson, The Burning Pear; Mike Irvin, The Palm; Jett Hurapan, The Sugar Refinery Grub & Grogs

The partial list of restaurants participating at Sip & Stroll include:

Academe at The Kennebunk Inn; Avenida Brazil; Black Walnut Café; Capone’s Brick Oven Pizza & Bar; Eric’s Restaurant; Fluff Bake Bar; Grimaldi’s Pizzeria; Guerrilla Gourmet; Hopdoddy Burger Bar; Ramble Creek Grill; Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery; Southern Ice Cream, Social Ice; The Sugar Refinery Grub & Grogs; The Swinging Door

The partial list of restaurants participating at Bistro Brunch include:

AGU Ramen; Antone’s Original Po Boys; Belle Station; Cicada Catering Co.; Cupcake and a Smile; Escalante’s Fine Tex-Mex; Fluff Bake Bar; Grimaldi’s; Guerrilla Gourmet; Mala Sichuan Bistro; Marini’s Empanada House; Old Main Street Bakery; Ol’ Railroad Café; Ramble Creek Grill; Rockstar Bagels; Sambuca; Southern Ice Cream, Social Ice; The Sugar Refinery Grub & Grogs

More talent to be announced soon!


Wednesday, April 4th

Dinner:  One if by Land, Two if by Sea – $125

6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Sugar Land Heritage Museum • Sugar Land


Thursday, April 5th

Bar Fight!: Street Food Bites and Bartenders Challenge – $40

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Location TBD • Sugar Land

Friday, April 6th 

The Grand Tasting – $125

7:30 – 10:00 p.m.

Sugar Land Marriott Town Square • Sugar Land

Saturday, April 7th

Sip & Stroll – $65

3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Brazos River Park • Sugar Land

Sunday, April 8th

Bistro Brunch – $65

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Brazos River Park • Sugar Land

VIP WEEKEND PASS – $200 (Bartenders Challenge, The Grand Tasting, Sip & Stroll, Bistro Brunch)


FOR TICKETS, the complete line-up of events and more information, please visit


Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair (SLWAFA), founded in 2003 by the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce (FBCC), was designed to create a cultural food and beverage experience while showcasing the growing City of Sugar Land. Since inception, the annual spring event has been produced by the FBCC and has benefitted a permanent scholarship endowment at the University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management.

In 2017, SLWAFA partnered with IWSC Group North America, a globally-recognized events company, to expand and enrich the Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair weekend. Through this partnership, the weekend will expand its focus on celebrating the local flavors and international influences of greater Fort Bend by bringing both regional and national talent to tell their stories through food and beverage. We are excited for the opportunity to have you join us!


Headquartered in the UK, the IWSC Group is a globally-recognized events company dedicated to delighting, inspiring and connecting people and brands through great experiences.  The company’s portfolio features events in the UK, Hong Kong and the US, including the prestigious International Wine and Spirits Competition. In 2015, the company launched a North American division, which now includes the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, Cochon555, NYC Craft Beer Festival, Spirits of Mexico, Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair, The Whisky Extravaganza, Whiskies of the World and Wine Riot. For more information, visit


The City of Sugar Land is an award-winning community 20 miles southwest of downtown Houston. This master-planned community has achieved its sustainable, strong local economy through a strategically focused and aggressive economic development program creating new wealth and jobs. As a regional employment center, the City is home to numerous high-profile regional and international corporations housed in more than 25 million square feet of commercial space, including Minute Maid, United Healthcare, Texas Instruments, Schlumberger, Fluor Corporation, Noble Drilling Services, Inc., Bechtel EO and Aetna.

Sugar Land has also uniquely positioned itself as a hub for premium shopping, dining and entertainment. Venues such as the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, Constellation Field, the Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land live indoor entertainment venue and Sugar Land Heritage Museum further establish the community as a cultural and historical destination.