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Eighth annual ‘Taste of Culpeper’ is this Sunday

Downtown Culpeper near the Depot will be the place to be this Sunday as Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. sponsors the eighth annual “Taste of Culpeper – a wine, food, and arts festival” happening Oct. 7. From noon until 5 p.m., you can experience the very best in Virginia wines, microbreweries, and local cuisine. Discover treasures for your home and your table from local artisans and crafters.

Fun and festivities for the entire family will promise an enjoyable fall afternoon. New this year: cooking demonstrations from some of your favorite local chefs, including Peter Stogbuchner of Hazel River Inn Restaurant and a former White House chef at 1 p.m.; Frank Maragos from Foti’s Restaurant at 2 p.m. And Aruna Ratnavibhushana of Kababs 'n' More at 3 p.m.

Free activities for children include a moonbounce, art projects, and games. Live music for the afternoon will feature The Gold Top County Ramblers with an opening act from Culpeper native Carley Chilton of Aberdeen Green Music. For the sports fans, an outdoor football lounge will be available with two large screen TV’s.

With your tasting admission to CRI’s Taste of Culpeper, you will receive general admission, a souvenir wine glass to commemorate your day, and free tastings at each of the wineries. If you find one that you like, relax and stay a while as wine will also be available for purchase by the glass or the bottle. Taste of Culpeper wine totes will also be available for purchase to stock up on your favorite wines.

Enjoy all of this in Downtown Culpeper, a recent 2012 winner of the “Great American Main Street Award.”

Advance tasting tickets ($10.00) are available through Saturday, October 6, at the following locations: Vinosity (174 East Davis Street), Randy’s Flowers (211 West Evans Street), all Culpeper StellarOne locations, the Museum of Culpeper History (803 South Main Street), and the Culpeper Renaissance office (127 West Davis Street). Tasting tickets may also be purchased at the gate on the day of the event for $15.00 for adults. General admission is $5.00 for designated drivers or those not wishing to participate in the wine or beer tasting (available at the gate only). Admission for those 12 and under is Free. Food and some activities are not included in the cost of admission.

Other upcoming events

Remember that this weekend is the Culpeper Harvest Days Farm Tour on October 6 & 7, the Taste of Culpeper on Sunday, October 7th, and Culpeper’s culinary treasures at the fourth annual Culpeper Downtown Restaurant Week October 8-14. The following weekend enjoy Culpeper Regional Airport’s annual free AirFest on Saturday, October 13.
For more information, please contact CRI at (540) 825-4416 or crievents@culpeperdowntown.com, or visit us on the web at www.culpeperdowntown.com or www.facebook.com/CRIDowntown.com .

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