It might be the heart of football season, but not every festivity has to revolve around a stadium and a tailgate. For instance, CSRA Wine Festival Inc. will kick off a party for wine and food lovers with its Coco Wine & Culinary Festival on Saturday, October 21 at West Lake Country Club.
The festival will feature more than 150 wines and various imported beers for sampling, along with tapas, live jazz music and a silent auction. Tapas will be provided by Augusta Technical College Culinary Program students, Abel Brown Southern Kitchen & Oyster Bar, P.F. Chang’s, Finch & Fifth and Sam’s Club. Festivalgoers will receive a souvenir wine glass, and the jazz band Michael Whittington & A Step Up will provide entertainment.
“It’s a great cultural event,” says Pat Goodwin, the festival CEO. “It gives people an opportunity to taste award-winning wines and great wines at average prices. As consumers, we see so many labels and brands. It’s confusing and intimidating. The festival educates people about the wines that are available to them. It’s also a great way to mix and mingle and make a new friend.”
Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit Easter Seals East Georgia and the Augusta Technical College Culinary Arts Program Educational Scholarship Endowment Fund.
“We’re happy to support an individual at the culinary program. A great chef is going to come out of this area one day,” says Goodwin. “Easter Seals keeps individuals working who may not have gotten an opportunity elsewhere. I’m proud that we can be part of those programs. And we couldn’t do it without our distributors and Vineyard Wine Market. They really help make the event.”
Door prizes will be available, and Easter Seals will hold a silent auction as well. All of the proceeds from the silent auction will benefit Easter Seals, which helps people with disabilities and other special needs maximize opportunities for employment, independence and full inclusion in society. Some of the auction items include trips, golf packages, specialty item baskets, package deals for restaurants, fitness coupons, nail salon services and jewelry.
“We’re very excited to collaborate together,” says Lynn Smith, the Easter Seals East Georgia president and CEO. “I hope people enjoy the day, learn about wonderful wines and try food from vendors and fabulous restaurants. They also have the opportunity to support organizations that are doing a lot of good in the community.”
All attendees must be at least 21 years old and show a photo ID. Advance tickets are available online and at Washington Road Storage, Bowles Construction Company, Easter Seals, South State Bank (Washington Road location only) and Vineyard Wine Market.
If You Go:
What: Coco Wine & Culinary Festival
When: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, October 2
Where: West Lake Country Club
How Much: $50 in advance and $55 at the door; designated drivers $25
More Info: csrawinefestival.com