Wine Fest

THE REDBANK VALLEY Chamber of Commerce will host its first-ever Nutty Wine, Shine & Brew Festival on Saturday, May 4, along Water Street in New Bethlehem. Chamber members met this week to discuss the upcoming event, and they include (from left to right): Austin Blose, Gordon Barrows, Ryan Wells, Mary Benton, Rich McGarrity, Dianna Brothers and Amanda Coon.

NEW BETHLEHEM — If you need an excuse – besides the obvious ones – for taking part in New Bethlehem’s first-ever Nutty Wine, Shine & Brew Fest in a couple of weeks, just tell yourself that doing so is all about being patriotic.

“This new event is being used to fund our Independence Day fireworks,” organizer Dianna Brothers, a board member with the Redbank Valley Chamber of Commerce, said recently as tickets are being sold for the May 4 event.

Brothers said the chamber previously paid for the popular Independence Day fireworks show with a golf outing; but after seeing interest in that event decline over the past several years, chamber officials knew they had to act fast to find a way to continue the fireworks tradition.

“We decided to move the Wine Walk away from the Peanut Butter Festival and turn it into a festival of its own,” she said, noting that the fireworks will be held this year on July 3.

For a number of years, the Wine Walk was held on the opening night of the chamber’s signature Peanut Butter Festival each September.

This year, instead of participants walking around town to visit the wineries in downtown businesses, Brothers said the chamber decided to concentrate on transforming the walk into more of a one-stop festival, with wineries, distilleries and breweries all setting up along Water Street, near Gumtown Park and Red Bank Creek.

More than 15 wineries, breweries and distilleries will be on hand from 3 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, for the Cinco de Mayo-themed festival. Brothers said additional wineries, breweries and distilleries can still be added, and anyone interested can contact the chamber of commerce at (814) 275-3929.

As an added enticement, Brothers said that ticket-buyers will be entered into a grand prize drawing to win their choice of a week’s lodging in Aruba or $1,000 cash.

“The key now is getting all the tickets sold,” Brothers told fellow chamber members this week at their monthly meeting. The tickets are $25 each, and will only be sold pre-sale. Participants must be at least 21 years old.

Tickets can be purchased at the Jewelry Shop, Zack’s, A-Plus Mini Mart, Joe’s Pizza, S&T Bank, First United National Bank, Northwest Savings Bank and Clarion County Community Bank, all in New Bethlehem, as well as from any chamber board member.

Brothers said that in order to make it more of a festival atmosphere, the event will also include food vendors and artisans, as well as live music on the Gumtown Park stage by the band, Against the Grain.

“We’re really excited about this event and hope people come out to support it,” she said. “This is going to help the chamber pay for the fireworks, so we’re asking everyone who is free that day to come join in the fun.”

Some of the wineries, breweries and distilleries include: Twisted Vine Winery of Kane, The Winery at Wilcox, Country Winery & Vineyards of Blairsville, Deer Creek Winery of Shippenville, Bee Kind Winery of Clearfield, Porchvue Winery of New Bethlehem, DR Distillery of Slippery Rock, Woody Lodge Winery of Ashville, Star Hill Vinyard & Winery of Curwensville, Chicken Hill Distillery of Knox, Bear Creek Wine of Knox, Wapiti Ridge Wine Cellars of DuBois, Triple Nickel Distillery of Weedville, and more.

For more information about the event or for tickets, call (814) 275-3929 or visit redbankchamber.com/wine-shine-brew-fest/.

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