AWGA Festival at the Farm #1 – Industry Banquet

This weekend marked the 2nd annual Arizona Winegrowers Festival at the Farm, and my 2nd year covering the event. This year, to kick off the festivities, AWGA hosted an industry awards banquet for Arizona winemakers at Quiessence restaurant on Friday night. Quiessence is situated in a cozy nook at the back of the Farm at South Mountain, and the entire place is just a dream for photographers.

This year, the Arizona Republic served as the objective third party responsible for the blind judging process prior to the event. On Friday night, with the help of AWGA Executive Director Rhonni Moffitt, the winning winemakers were presented with medals and trophies. Things got a little silly, and the presentation process soon turned into a knighting. 

The evening was just gorgeous – perfect weather for sipping chilled wine in a garden setting. 

Guests were treated a casual dinner and wine tasting, cocktail party style, at a variety of food and wine stations both inside and outside of the restaurant. 

The dessert station was eye candy and a test of my willpower…yum! It reminded me of the fancy bakery I visited in Zurich!

Outside, the musicians filled the air with familiar tunes with an Irish twist played on an electric cello and violin.

Guests included Joe, of Joe’s Farm Grill and Liberty Market, and his lovely wife (who wore the coolest necklace ever). Liberty Market provided munchies for the Festival at the Farm on Saturday.

Such a fun evening! Amazing details, beautiful setting, good friends. Congratulations to the award winners, and all of the hard working members of the growing Arizona wine industry. I was so proud to be the one capturing this special evening for you!

Stay tuned for images in Part 2 from Saturday’s Festival at the Farm!

– HBA

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About Holly Baumann Photography

I am Holly Baumann Ambuehl, a commercial and portrait photographer based in Central Illinois. My blog posts feature client work, but I just love to write, so I also write about owning a business, food and drink, travel, and my personal life! I am always honored when clients trust me to capture their vision, and equally so when my readers converse with me about what I've photographed or expressed here. I hope we'll have an opportunity to collaborate professionally and/or become friends. I'd love to hear what you think! - Holly
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