Downtown Washington Inc. and the Arts Council of Washington will present the 37th Annual Fine Art Fair & Winefest this weeked.
“It looks like the weather will cooperate and we have a great weekend planned,” said Bridgette Kelch, executive director.
“This is our signature event held right in the heart of wine country and our historic district,” she said. “With excellent weather, we expect to have about 20,000 to 25,000 people over the three days.”
The festival will feature a winetasting, juried art show, live music and a large food court.
The festival is free, but there is a charge for the winetasting, which will be held under the Farmers’ Market. More than 60 wines from 11 Missouri wineries will be featured.
Participating wineries include Wenwood Farm, Balducci, Lake Creek, White Mule, Stone Hill, Noboleis, Small Batch, Montelle, Augusta, Belmont and newcomer Serenity Valley.
Hours for the winetasting will be 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $30 at the event. Guests will receive a souvenir wineglass.
Kelch said visitors to the winetasting area will have the opportunity to win a special wine basket prepared by a participating winery.
Complimentary cheese and crackers will be provided, she said, along with a large selection of snacks and gourmet foods on sale in the festival area.
Sip and Savor Sunday will return this year which allows visitors to learn more about food and wine pairing. Wineries will pick one or two of their wines to pair with a local restaurant’s dish. This will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Celebrity judges from Feast magazine will be on hand to award a traveling trophy to the best pairing. There also will be a people’s choice award.
Kelch said more than 40 artists will be set up along Main and Elm streets all three days. All of the artwork will be available for sale.
“Items will include watercolor paintings, photography, woodwork, jewelry and much, much more,” said Kelch.
Art fair hours will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Kelch said Friday night’s entertainment will be unique with dueling pianos on the stage from 6 to 10 p.m.
On Saturday, before the music starts, visitors can take in a Winetasting 101 class from noon to 1 p.m. on the main stage.
“After the class, local favorites, Shotgun Creek and Savana, will play,” said Kelch.
Shotgun Creek will take the stage from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. followed by Savana from 6 to 10 p.m.
“Sunday is always fun with the ECC Jazz Band playing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by Marissa Harms from 1:30 to 4 p.m.,” Kelch said.
Car, Truck Show
Grace’s Place, a local crisis nursery, will host a Classic Car & Truck Show Sunday on the Main and Cedar parking lot.
Registration will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. Trophies will be awarded at 2 p.m.
For more information, call 636-239-1743 or visit downtownwashmo.org.