Wheaton is gearing up to host the inaugural Wine and Cultural Arts Festival in the second half of September, co-presented by the Wheaton Park District and the Downtown Wheaton Association and featuring samplings of over 60 wines, the Chicago Tribune reports.
According to the paper, the festival was conceived by the Association and embraced by the park district, the City and the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce. Organizers are hoping for 1,000 attendees, half the number that attended the Wheaton Brew Fest earlier in August, the paper said.
"It just started with that grain of an idea that hey, it's our turn to have a wine festival," Paula Barrington, executive director of the association, told the paper. "The community is ready for it. You've got a lot of people out there who are at other festivals throughout the region that are wine-oriented.
"We feel this will really go beyond city limits and that people from surrounding communities will be participating… This will be an event that is appealing to everyone, including families, and will bring more people to the downtown area. That's good exposure for all of our businesses."
The event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Memorial Park (208 W. Union). Tickets are $25 in advance for tasting, and $5 for designated drivers (non-tasters). Persons under 20 obviously cannot taste, but can enjoy the art and live music for free.
More information is available at the Wheaton Park District website.