Feast With The Beast 2017-Our Annual Date Night Out

Every year we attend the Feast With The Beast event here at our local zoo and it never leaves us hungry for sure. Plus, every year it seems to grow in the number of people that join us which makes it all the more fun.

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This year our son joined in the festivities for the first time, my brother joined us for the second year in a row, and my husband has co workers/friends that also make the trip into the big city (as they say, since all of them are from the Algoma/Sturgeon Bay area) to join in the fun also. Here is half our group enjoying the BBQ ribs.

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This years event offered 45 stations total, all offering samples from their menus, drinks and/or both. I tried my first ever martini apparently, according to this recipe card that was being handed out at this sampling table. For me the tropical mango was absolutely fantastic!!!! That is until I had to “sample” a few more glasses to make sure this was the one that won the taste sampling. Believe me, the next morning I was not so happy with myself for over indulging. Ahhhh, we all learn this lesson at some time in life right?

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Some places offer one menu item to sample and some offer as many as three different menu items at a time. Needless to say, we never ever try everything since we never ever have made it completely around the entire zoo without filling up before the end.

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As we have found every year that we have attended this event they add new restaurants from the area and some pull out and do not take part in the festivities.

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Even though this is mostly an adult event and the zoo is closed down to the general public, there are children that do tag along with some parents. Keep in mind that no matter what age your child is they all need a ticket which go for $35 per person before the event and $40 the night of the event. So if your child cannot eat/drink $35 worth of food….a sitter may be your best bet for probably the same amount of money.

We ultimately had a wonderful time. We all agreed to meet again next year, same time and same place. We are already looking forward to a great night out, with wonderful food/drink with a fun group of friends.

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Read about past years here  and here  if you missed it.

 

 

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N.E.W. Zoo Feast With The Beast 2016…..Another Fun Filled Year of Food, Friends and Fun

We had another fun filled year at the N.E.W. Zoo Feast With The Beast.

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We have attended this yearly event for the past several years now and it just gets more enjoyable every year. This year my brother, another couple, and a person my husband works with along with his son in law and his grandson joined us. And let me tell you….we all left in a food coma!

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From BBQ ribs, which is always our first restaurant table to stop at,

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to fancier wonton lime shrimp cups….you can never say there was not enough food offered during this event. IMG_5118

Many of the featured restaurants offer one or more food samples and often also add in a specialty brew. There were numerous breweries throughout the event along with wine and margaritas thrown in just incase your not a beer drinker….like myself.

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And if you need a break in between samples, you can also enjoy the live music IMG_5130

or view the animals who are enjoying the extra attention they receive by all the event goers.

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This year ended up being just wonderful. Another great job was done by the event planners, zoo staff and of course Mother Nature for giving us perfect weather to enjoy the evening.

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Feast With The Beast 2015 Recap

Every year for about the past 5 years or so we have an annual date night. A local zoo closes down to the public and hosts Feast With The Beast where area restaurants set up tables and hand out samples from their menus.

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Upon arrival you receive a map of the zoo telling you where each restaurant is located and what their featured sample(s) are. I wish I could tell you we have a strategy but honestly, we don’t. There is so much food, wine, and beer that no matter where you begin and end you will leave completely full.

IMG_1886The trickiest part of the entire night is holding your plate, eating, and walking all at the same time. Many of the sample tables are set up very close together and the lines move very quickly. So typically, unless you find a spot to put down your plate and enjoy one sample, you find yourself in line for the next before the first is even gone.  IMG_1879

This year there were 47 tables/restaurants offering a sample….many offered two! Some are fancy, newer restaurants in the area

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and some were well known restaurants serving just some signature dishes.

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You could also sit and listen to the live music and take a break and then go back to your favorites if you still have the room for a second helping.

IMG_1907For $35 a ticket you can enjoy two hours in a great outdoor setting, eating some fabulous food, try new drinks, all while listening to the very funny comments as guests leave with VERY FULL STOMACHS.  IMG_1896  IMG_1902

My husband swore he was going to have stretch marks on the drive home. HAHAHA. And I over heard another gentleman state that he felt like he was in his third trimester while rubbing his stomach. (If only he knew the truth about what that felt like) So be careful, an event like this could cause some very uncomfortable hours if you over indulge a little too much.

Have you ever gone to an event like this?

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