Plans are being finalized for the the largest all-Missouri winery tasting event.
The 32nd annual Downtown Washington Fine Art Fair & Winefest will be held May 17-19.
“It’s a unique festival in the heart of Missouri wine country which draws thousands of visitors each spring from across the Midwest,” said Aimee Frey, event director for Downtown Washington Inc., sponsor.
Frey said more than 60 wines from 14 Missouri wineries will be poured for tasting under the Farmers’ Market.
“Knowledgeable winery representatives also will be on hand to talk about their products,” she said.
All wines poured in tasting will be available for sale, with a 10 percent discount on case purchases, mix or match.
Participating wineries this year include Adam Puchta Winery, Augusta Winery, Balducci Vineyards, Bias Winery, Blumenhof Winery, Holy Grail Winery, Montelle Winery,
Noboleis Winery, Robller Vineyards, St. James Winery, St. Jordan Creek Winery, Stone Hill Winery, Wenwood Farm Winery and White Mule Winery.
Complimentary cheese and crackers will be provided in the tasting area under the wine tent, with a variety of snacks and gourmet foods on sale in the festival area.
Admission to the winetasting is $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and includes a souvenir wineglass.
Frey said visitors to the winetasting area also will have an opportunity to win a special wine basket prepared by a participating winery.
Hours for the winetasting will be Friday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
In addition to the wine, Downtown Washington Inc. also will present the annual Art Fair.
Held along Main and Elm streets, the Art Fair will include a juried selection of 23 Midwestern artists featuring exhibitions and sales.
The artists will be set up on Main Street from Lafayette to Cedar, and on Elm Street, from Main to Second.
“Items on sale include watercolor paintings, photography, pottery, woodwork and much more,” Frey said. “We will have a really nice mix of artwork, including a husband and wife team who make furniture.”
Admission is free. The hours will be Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wine, Food Sessions
Returning for the second year will be the MO Wine MO Food wine and food pairing sessions.
“Participants can choose from four different food and wine pairing sessions, each featuring a local restaurant and Missouri winery,” Frey explained.
Admission to the food and wine pairing is $25, and is limited to 32 people per session. The ticket also includes a complimentary wineglass and 10 percent off wine coupon.
The 2013 pairings are Robller Winery with Joe’s Bakery & Delicatessen, Stone Hill Winery with Big Boys Subs and Wings, Blumenhof Winery with Old Vine Riverfront Bistro, and Noboleis Winery with Blue Duck Café and Bakery.
The times for these sessions will be Saturday, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.
There also will be continuous entertainment throughout the weekend.
The lineup will begin that Friday with Crazy Aunt Linda from 6 to 10 p.m. On Saturday, The Kay Brothers will perform from 6 to 10 p.m. and Sunday’s entertainment will be the ECC Jazz Band.
Frey said a new event this year will be dancing demonstrations.
On Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m., visitors can join professional Bachata and salsa dance instructors .
On Sunday, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., people can learn the art of polka and swing dancing.
“Street musicians also will play throughout the weekend,” Frey said. “Patrons can sit under the rest tent to enjoy the atmosphere, music and wine.”
Frey noted the logo selected for this year’s event was hand drawn by Kyle Scarborough, a Washington resident and new member of Downtown Washington Inc. Scarborough recently opened a tattoo business.
For information or to purchase advance tickets, call 636-239-1743 or email email@example.com.