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A Unique Music, Food, Beer & Wine Event: 4th Annual Wicked Wine & Brew Festival
Monday, September 10, 2012
By Shaun Marshall
How did you cool off this past hot, beautiful Saturday? If you were one of hundreds of beaming patrons up in Litchfield, you rocked out to some oldies, grabbed some burgers/dogs/ribs and tasted beers and wine from all over New England.
The Telegraph's 4th Annual Wicked Wine and Brew Fest featured over 50 different breweries, wineries, and merchants, offering samples to fill up each patron's complementary glass. Each fill cost one ticket, 10 of which came free with admission. The vendors set up underneath large tents, the center of each including a water tank station to rinse out your glass in between tastings.
This event is an excellent opportunity for vendors to present new flavors and bring some attention to their unique distributions, such as Tastefully Simple, whose deserts out on display require, at most, just two ingredients. Staci Connolly-Anagnos delightfully explained their goal is to create healthy, easy to make alternatives for the busy family. She handed out delicious samples of fruity beverages including an icy vodka-Sangria mix.
A two-hour trek from South Casco, Maine, Blacksmiths offered a distinctive blend of Fatty Bampkins. This sweet apple hard cider contained no artificial flavors, and was blended with 7 separately fermented varieties of apples. The beverage is only put out twice a year with the ripening of the apples.
Berniece Van Der Berg from Moonlight Meadery in Londondery, a world-renown brewer specializing in honey wines, claimed higher alcohol contents (12-18%) and to have the most variety compared to other meaderies. The organization recently opened a branch in Australia.
The non-drinker could find cool and interesting booths scattered throughout the area, including Jonathan's Jewelers from Bedford, NH. "It's an interesting location," Jonathan replied when asked why he chose to advertise at a beer and wine festival. "I'm looking to give consumers an introduction to my products in a low-pressure environment."
A bachelorette party laughed and tasted its way through the Brew Fest. Later in the evening, the musicians from Dueling Piano's called the bride-to-be up to the stage for a humorous serenade!
Event sponsor, Belevance Beverage accepted text message raffle entries during the event with one lucky event attendee hoping to win a Krups Beertender!
The festival ran from 2:00-6:00pm and was located at Mel's Funway Park, 454 Charles Bancroft Highway, Litchfield, NH; event goers were invited to visit park attractions including lazer tag and mini golf, and return to the Festival at any point.
Ticket sales from this event benefitted the NH Food Bank and its mission to battle hunger in New Hampshire.
Editor's Note: Telegraph Events offers a wide array of community events throughout the year including tastes for every palate. Coming up soon are Ladies Night On The Town, The Health & Wellness Fair, and The Kids Fair! Visit www.NashuaTelegraph.com/Events for more information on these and other upcoming events!