Whether you are a wine connoisseur or you only binge drink a bottle of pink Moscato on Thursday nights when "Scandal" comes on, Saturday's Historic Newburgh Inc., Wine, Art and Jazz Festival is sure to have something folks of all different wine preferences can enjoy.
Just like all of the previous years, the festival will take place on Saturday at the Old Lock and Dam, while the more private Grapes on the Grass Soiree will take place the previous night on Friday, also at the Dam.
HNI director Helen Zimmerman said the two events have a different feel.
"Friday is a smaller, more intimate event with only 200 tickets being sold," she said. "Saturday is a fun festival feel for the community."
Zimmerman said the Soiree is an all inclusive event and an evening where the community has the opportunity to judge and do a
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"people's choice" award to select favorites as the winning wines for the weekends.
"Soiree is all hosted in one tent, wine, food and music will all be together this year," she said. "It's a fun evening to enjoy with friends and co-workers."
Last year's Soiree was themed Mardi Gras. This year, guests will dress in honor of roaring 20's, for the Great Gatsby inspired theme.
"The Soiree event will be decorated to make you feel as you've stepped back in time to the formal fun parties of the 20's," Zimmerman said. "Everyone is invited to embrace the theme and come in period dress."
As for Saturday, festival goers will be able to sample wine from wineries all over Indiana, including Best Vineyards, Blue Heron Vineyards, Buck Creek Winery, Cedar Creek Winery, Easley Winery, Harmony Winery, Hedgegrove Meadery & Winery, Indian Creek Winery, Monkey Hollow, Patoka Lake Winery, Pepper's Ridge Winery, River City Winery, Winzerwald Winery and Warrick County's only winery, Mystique Winery.
The Lynnville based winery is nestled on 40 acres of property owned by the family matriarch and patriarch -- Steve and Patty Clutter.
Patty Clutter said she and her husband, who have been together since they were 21, opened up the winery five years ago and have been participating in the Wine, Arts and Jazz festival for the same amount of time.
This year, they will be selling their signature wine slushies, which come in two flavors -- peach Bellina and red Sangria -- along with the wine they produce at their winery.
Patty said the idea for the slushies came from witnessing the obvious contrast from the partner who liked wine to the one who had no interest in it, from many of the couples who visit the winery.
"So we introduce them through the backdoor," she said. "And then after a while, they say, 'well this isn't so bad, what kind of wines do you guys have?'"
The Clutters hope to convert even more wine drinkers at the festival next weekend.
Attendees of the festival will also be able to sample food from ten local restaurants selling their signature dishes, including Acropolis, Beef O'Brady's, Edgewater Grille, Gangnam Korean BBQ, Kanpai/CKB, La Campirana, Pangea Kitchen, Pizza Chef Restaurant, Pizza Revolution, Steckler Grassfed, The Pacetre and Towne Market. Not to mention, they can take a break from sipping on wine to listening to jazz music the music tent from Monte Skelton, Honey Roy and the Browne Sisters Band
Zimmerman said this year, the Wine, Art & Jazz Festival will incorporate a new artist and restaurant tented and courtyard area to expand the festival on the east end of the Old Lock & Dam building.
Zimmerman said the festival is the largest fund raiser HNI hosts annually.
"This event is the foundation behind everything, from producing the Newburgh Visitors Guide, the hanging baskets that line the our beautiful historic downtown district, providing funds to be used for community projects to the operating of the visitors center -- it's amazing what this event supports," she said. "The proceeds go towards making Newburgh a place we are all be proud to call home. A huge thank you goes out to everyone in attendance."
Zimmerman said the festival makes a positive impact on Warrick County as well.
"Not only does the weekend offer an opportunity to bring guests and visitors to our community," she said, "the proceeds from the event allow us to showcase and promote our amazing historic area in many ways."
The Grapes on The Grass Soiree is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Old Lock and Dam on Friday, May 19. Tickets are $50 each. Ticket prices includes your own wine glass, food and wine sampling. But hurry, because only 200 are being sold.
The Wine, Arts and Jazz Festival is from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, at the Old Lock and Dam. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day or at the door.
Both events are 21 and over.