The tent is always quite a sight to see!
In we go!
We did get a free program as well ($20 value). There was wine/champagne there waiting to greet us as well - not too shabby. We felt very fancy!
Food was all around the tent area (as well as shopping) - the first thing we encountered was butternut squash soup. It was far too thick for me and Dani commented it was like a shake. Not a great start...but it gets a lot better.
Here's a fuzzy shot of it - see - meat salad is the best I could do - maybe it was ham salad? I took it as though you were to eat the entire thing - flower and all. The flower was a bit like lettuce and added a nice crunch.
Danielle was a little dismayed at eating a flower but she did it like the trooper she is!
Crostini with goat cheese and toppings...a little dry but good.
I was chatting with the bartender (all the drinks were free too) - he said the catering/wait staff all travel with the show. He had been with the tour for 7 months, but his boss has been on tour for 8 years! They get about a week of downtime in each spot.
But now - time for the show!
The Ovo - and no Lady Gaga was not inside.
We then saw the first half of the show - then intermission time! What does that mean? DESSERT!
There was a table full of beignets (basically - little dough balls) - they were okay - probably better if they were warm.
And what dessert tent would be complete without a giant tower of chocolate! They had fruit, breads and cookies to dip in the chocolate as well.
These were delightful little red velvet cupcakes with bright yellow light frosting - they were fairly light and very tasty.
Overall the main dish food was better than the dessert options - but both were very good. The Tapis Rouge experience is really fun - but what's not to love about free food, free drinks and great seats?! FYI - the price tag going this route is about $250/ticket.
Why Should You Go? Well - if you like Cirque - it's a good show. I hate to look a gift horse in the mouth - but I'm just not a huge fan. Let me clarify - the acrobatics are AMAZING! Seriously - wow stuff. The "trampoline/rock wall" was by far my favorite.
That said - they always wrap a "story" around the acrobatics. It's a lot of gibberish "speaking" and elaborate costumes but I kinda feel like much of the show is the same - just with different costumes. I also think the humor is a bit juvenile (yes - you're hearing that from ME) - but it's almost "fart joke" humor and some of the "sex jokes" are a bit inappropriate for kids - hopefully they're also over the kids heads.
But - it is a spectacle and entertaining - and the food was great - just don't think I would ever spend $250/person. But that's me speaking as an individual ticket buyer - if I was buying for a corporate or group setting - I might think differently.
It was a really fun evening with one of my best friends - so thanks to the folks at Cirque for the tickets! (And the giveaway - I hope Aleshia enjoys her tickets too!)