Photo submitted by Tina Garrison.

Plans are being finalized for the 33rd annual Downtown Washington Fine Art Fair & Winefest.

The festival will run Friday, May 16, through Sunday, May 18, on and around the Main and Elm streets parking lot.

Sponsored by Downtown Washington Inc., the event will feature a tasting of over 60 wines from 12 wineries and a juried selection of Midwestern artwork, which will be available for sale.

There also will be live music all three days and a variety of snacks and gourmet foods on sale in the festival area.

The winetasting will be offered under the Farmers’ Market, while the artists will be set up along Main Street. Entertainment and concessions will on the Main and Elm parking lot.

Sip and Savor

New this year under the market will be Sip and Savor Sunday, a change from the traditional winetasting, according to Alex Hodschayan, event coordinator.

“The wineries will team up with a restaurant to offer food and wine pairings for guests,” he said. “This will be on Sunday only from noon to 3 p.m.

“The winefest committee decided it was time to change things up to offer something different to those festivalgoers who turn out each year and attract new people to the event,” he said. “We also have a new partner this year — Feast magazine, which we think will help draw more people in as well.”

With favorable weather, the event can attract upward of 20,000 people over the three days, and Hodschayan expects numbers to be even higher this year.

“We’re really excited about the Sip and Savor event and we have great, new music as well, which should all boost attendance,” he said.

The musical lineup will kick off that Friday with the VCRs, a St. Louis band playing 90s music. On Saturday, Wayne Roy will perform, followed by Hudson and Hoo Doo Cats. On Sunday, the East Central College Jazz Band will return.


Billed as the largest all-Missouri winetasting event, the hours for that venue will be Friday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

The wines will be poured by winery representatives who will talk about their products.

All wines poured in the tasting will be available for sale. Complimentary cheese and crackers also will be provided.

Admission to the winetasting area Friday and Saturday is $15 in advance or $20 at the door, and includes a souvenir wine glass.

For Sip and Savor Sunday, tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Only 200 tickets will be sold for this event.

There also will be celebrity judges from Feast magazine to select the best food and wine pairing. A traveling trophy will be presented.

Art Fair

Hodschayan said the art fair will feature a variety of handmade work, including photography, paintings, jewelry, pottery, stained glass, woodwork and two Agri-Missouri vendors selling soup mixes, dips, salsas and jellies.

“Many of the artists have been here in the past, but we also have several new ones,” he said.

Admission to the art fair is free. Hours will be Friday, 5 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.