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Old 04-28-2013, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Sunrise
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Even with those events, it's better to go out for a great meal at a world-class restaurant. That's the best bang for the buck. People go to these foodie events expecting something for nothing. Restaurants are less and less willing to participate because these "foodie events" do not translate to increased reservations.

I'd rather have a great meal at Bouchon, L'atelier de Joel Robuchon, Andre's, B&B, or Fleur. It costs about the same as a foodie event.
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Old 04-28-2013, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Even with those events, it's better to go out for a great meal at a world-class restaurant. That's the best bang for the buck. People go to these foodie events expecting something for nothing. Restaurants are less and less willing to participate because these "foodie events" do not translate to increased reservations.

I'd rather have a great meal at Bouchon, L'atelier de Joel Robuchon, Andre's, B&B, or Fleur. It costs about the same as a foodie event.
I don't think most people go with the expectation of "getting something for nothing". Making it affordable for a family is probably what most would expect. All of those restaurants you listed are world class restaurants that are not for families. My whole point with the post is not to drop my children off at adventuredome while I go and enjoy a festival with my husband. The point is to be able to spend time with our family at one of these events without feeling like we were being bent over and pummeled in the process.
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Old 04-28-2013, 11:42 PM
 
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I'd rather have a great meal at Bouchon, L'atelier de Joel Robuchon, Andre's, B&B, or Fleur. It costs about the same as a foodie event.
Nothing beats Fleur with a restaurant.com certificate
With all the deals in this town and great food I avoid those parking lot "festivals" at all cost.
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:37 AM
 
Location: Sunrise
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The point is to be able to spend time with our family at one of these events without feeling like we were being bent over and pummeled in the process.
But the festival organizers' goal is to bend you over and pummel you. That's just how it is. If you want an inexpensive family day, take them to Shark Reef or something similar. And then a nice (but not expensive) meal out at one of our better restaurants.

As aardogfsu pointed out, Restaurant.com makes it easy for a family to get a lot more value at some very, very nice restaurants. Take the kids to a Brazilian steakhouse, for instance. Their AYCE price is negligible, and the adult prices are deeply discounted thanks to the restaurant.com coupon.

This will work out to the same price as a San Gennero reaming, or close enough. And it's a much better experience than carnival food and 2nd-rate rides.
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Old 04-29-2013, 10:29 AM
 
Location: In the Silver State of Nevada in Las Vegas NV
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I was at the Scot/Irish festival last week in Floyd Lamb Park here is some of the prices I saw Turkey leg $8.00 WOW I got a rootbeer float one scoop of ice cream in a cup and handed a can of root beer $5.50 Hamburger $5.50 Hot fudge Sunday 3 scoops in a bowl $7.50 If I had 2 or more kids with me it would have cost a fortune. They should call these events Whats in your Wallet we want it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:56 PM
 
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I have been to a number of food festivals. In MOST cases, the food is being prepared in an outside kitchen under less than ideal conditions usually by less trained employees.

If you go into those events looking to identify a couple of restaurants that you would like to try, sometimes the food festivals are worth it. However, if there is a huge admissions charge connected to it, forget about it.
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:46 PM
 
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The ONE "festival" I still enjoy is the Bite of Las Vegas put on by Mix 94.1 end of September. It's $15 per head but you can get it discounted if you go in to the radio station and buy tickets early. Once in you get a pleasant experience of food, music and fun. I don't like that some of the vendors are place's like Panda Express, but I get to experience small portions of local food places I haven't tried for about $2-$5. Bring a blanket and chill with $4 beer/wine to some pretty good current bands. I've been going for about 5 years.

Bite Of Las Vegas « Mix 94.1 Las Vegas
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:30 PM
 
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I find it interesting that people are shocked at the outrageous prices when it's nothing new. It's the same thing as paying $8.00 for a cup of beer at any stadium event.
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Old 05-01-2013, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Home!
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^those are a joke too and I don't go unless I get a discounted ticket and it is something I really want to see. You can always tailgate too.

I don't even go to the movie theater because of the outrageous prices of everything. Ridiculous. I am glad my kids are grown!
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:50 PM
 
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I find it interesting that people are shocked at the outrageous prices when it's nothing new. It's the same thing as paying $8.00 for a cup of beer at any stadium event.
That is why you see a lot people staying at home and watching the game on their big screen. You can have a heck of a spread for the cost of parking and a couple of beers at the stadiums.
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