First West Hartford Wine & Food Festival

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The first West Hartford Wine & Food Festival will take place on Saturday, June 17 at the Kingswood Oxford School.

Celebrate your love of wine and appreciation of culinary arts with the best that Connecticut has to offer.

Wine and food will be enjoyed from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., featuring 25 of the top wineries in the world and more than two dozen of Connecticut’s top restaurants. Participating wineries include Jackson Family Wines, Caymus Vineyards, La Crema, Beaulieu Vineyards, JUSTIN Winery, and more. Restaurants include Grants, Bricco, Firebox, INDIA and The North House. 

Included in the ticket price, you can sample over 250 wines, with bottles starting around $20. In addition to the wine tastings, there will be craft beer tents, single barrel whiskies and non-alcoholic options available. You will also be able to take home your own commemorative tasting glass.

Local musicians will provide live entertainment in the picnic area. After that, you can participate in Wine 101 sessions and blind taste tests with Master Sommelier for JUSTIN Winery, Joseph Spellman.

All day long, raffles and auctions will take place for large format bottles, wine experiences, gift cards and more, with all proceeds going to the schools.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $149 on the West Hartford Food & Wine Festival website or by visiting Maximum Beverage in West Hartford or Farmington. There are special packages available as well, including a four-pack group special and a VIP Wine Dinner deal.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit multiple independent schools in West Hartford with need-based financial aid and scholarships, including Kingswood Oxford, The American School for the Deaf, the Intensive Education Academy, Renbrook School, The Watkinson School, Northwest Catholic, Solomon Schechter Day School, and St. Brigid-St. Augustine Partnership School.

Everyone attending must be 21 or older. Designated driver tickets will be available for purchase for $75. LYFT will also give you up to $15 in free credit toward your first ride with the promo code “WESTHARTFORD2017”.

This is expected to become an annual event.

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