|Beer and Wine Festival is this weekend|
|August 21, 2014 Jerry Purvis|
Area adults will have the opportunity to sample some of the region’s finest craft beers and wines during the Best of the West Beer and Wine Festival, coming up this Saturday, Aug. 23.
Now in its fourth year, the festival runs from 4 – 8 p.m. in the Mini-Park at 18th and Broadway in downtown Scottsbluff.
The event is hosted by NEXT Young Professionals, a local organization that provides networking and social opportunities, training events and fellowship opportunities for young people moving into or returning to the community.
“Kelley’s Liquor Cabinet and Dietrich Distributing are the key sponsors,” said John Marshall, past president of NEXT Young Professionals. “They’re the ones who put us in contact with their vendors to provide the product for the event.”
Marshall said some of the offerings will be from James Arthur Vineyards in Raymond, Neb., Thunderhead Brewing in Kearney and many new varieties produced by wineries and craft brewers around the region.
A portion of the proceeds from this year’s event will go toward the Broadway streetscape project to beautify the downtown area. The Lincoln-based band “Laser Duo,” who has ties to the area, will provide the music. Food vendors will also be on-site.
“The Beer and Wine Festival has been a big success and has grown every year,” Marshall said. “It gets great reviews and more people are requesting to get involved through volunteering and participating. We had about 450 people attend last year and we hope to top 500 this time. The more attendance we have, the more we can donate back to the community.”
Advance tickets are $20 and are available at all Platte Valley Bank locations, Kelley’s Liquor Cabinet and at Aulick’s TLC, both in Scottsbluff. Tickets can also be purchased online through nextyoungprofessionals.com. Tickets will be $25 at the gate. People must be at least 21 to attend.
“Each participant will receive a commemorative tasting cup,” Marshall said. “Merchandise will also be available for sale.”