Sunday, March 20, 2016

VinoFest to Meld Music, Food and of course, Wine!

From our friends at VinoFest...

VinoFest to Host Third Annual Wine and Music Festival, May 7th

Jon Batiste and The Wailers headline all-day wine and music event showcasing 25 vineyards

VinoFest, the premier wine and music festival, announces the third iteration of its annual wine, food and music festival on Saturday, May 7, at Yards Park on the Southwest Waterfront in Washington, DC.

VinoFest combines wine tastings from 25 vineyards from around the region and around the world with area food favorites and live music. This year’s headliners are The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s in-house band, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, along with Bob Marley's original band, The Original Wailers. Tickets to the all-day festival are on sale now at VinoFest has partnered with Martha’s Table and Dreaming Out Load to provide community service opportunities during the month of April at Healthy Markets, pop-up style markets where students, families, and community members can access healthy food and cooking tools and tips, in exchange for free admission to the festival.

“VinoFest celebrates memorable wine, flavorful music, a passion for food, diverse communities and charitable giving,” said the festival’s co-founder and Certified Sommelier Justin Harrison, who founded the event with his mother, Brenda Harrison, in 2014. “This unique intersection of passion and purpose makes VinoFest more than a wine event and even more than a concert - it’s a full sensory experience.”

VinoFest will showcase wines from local and global vineyards including Justin VineyardsOne Hope WineDa LucaHouse JamSeven SistersTruvee WinesGerard Bertrand, and Lobetia Organic, with additional wineries to be announced in the coming weeks. In addition to indulging in the eight tastings included with the admission price, revelers can purchase a glass or bottle of their favorite wine to share with friends while taking in the unique sounds of the main stage. For foodies, Milk BarToki Underground, Maketto, Timber Pizza, Buredo, District Doughnuts, and other local favorites will offer fare designed to complement the day’s tastings. To complete the festival, other libations will be available in the Casamigos Tequila tent, the beer garden by DC favorite, 3 Stars Brewing Co., as well as bourbon and vodka cocktails.

VinoFest will take place from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM on Saturday, May 7 at The Yards Park (1300 1st Street, Southeast, Washington, DC 20003) located just blocks from Nationals Park and the Navy Yard Metro station. Tickets are on sale now at Attendees can earn free admission by volunteering with Martha’s Table, a DC-based nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing access to education, food, and opportunity for vulnerable children, families, and neighbors. General admission tickets are $55. VIP tickets are $99 and will include early festival access at 3:00 PM, a private VIP lounge with a sponsored bar, premium wine tastings, catering and exclusive VIP gifts from festival sponsors.

About VinoFest:
Founded by VinoLovers, VinoFest aims to bring the DC community together over a shared love of wine, music and the culinary arts.

About Martha’s Table:
For over 35 years, Martha's Table has worked hand in hand with children, families, and neighbors to build a better future in Washington, DC. Martha's Table programs seek to increase access to education, food, and opportunity, and are divided into three initiatives: Healthy Start, Healthy Eating, and Healthy Connections.

About Dreaming Out Load:
Dreaming Out Load, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit social enterprise whose mission is to build an equitable food system, grow economic opportunities for marginalized people, and more resilient communities.