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Rocktown Wine & Dine Festival tickets go on sale July 1

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Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance is pleased to present the 2nd Annual Rocktown Wine & Dine Festival on Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 3:00 to 8:00 pm at the Turner Pavilion & Park in downtown Harrisonburg. This festival is a celebration of 80 hand-selected wines from around the world, from true Virginia blends produced in the Shenandoah Valley to exotic European and South American selections.

Festivalgoers enjoy some wine and food pairings at the 2012 Rocktown Wine & Dine Festival. Photo by Brandy Somers for ilovemyburg.com.

Festivalgoers enjoy some wine and food pairings at the 2012 Rocktown Wine & Dine Festival. Photo by Brandy Somers for ilovemyburg.com.

Excited yet? Well you should be – tickets for the festival are available online starting this coming Monday, July 1, 2013! Any remaining tickets after online sales will be available at the door. A full access ticket granting admission to the festival and concerts with wine samples and food pairings is $32.00 in advance and $40.00 at the door. A ticket granting admission to the festival and concerts without wine or food samples is available for those 12 years and older for $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door. Children under 12 are free.

A food pairing from the 2012 Rocktown Wine & Dine Festival. Photo by Brandy Somers for ilovemyburg.com.

A food pairing from the 2012 Rocktown Wine & Dine Festival. Photo by Brandy Somers for ilovemyburg.com.

The festival’s focus will also include some tasty bites to please your palate and provide inspiration for future get-togethers. Local chefs from five Harrisonburg restaurants will be creating unique food pairings specifically designed to bring out the flavors of a wine at each station. Food samples will be available from 3:00-7:00 pm or until supplies run out. While food pairings are small samples, for hungrier event attendees, food vendors will also be on site selling meal food items. Artisan craft vendors will also be on hand showing off their wares and a craft beer tent will feature a diverse selection of beers.

Event attendees learned the characteristics about different wines from wine distributors and vintners. Photo by Brandy Somers for ilovemyburg.com.

Event attendees learned the characteristics about different wines from wine distributors and vintners. Photo by Brandy Somers for ilovemyburg.com.

The Rocktown Wine & Dine Festival will not only provide the opportunity to try a unique selection of wines and enhance personal wine collections, but also to gain greater understanding of wine and food pairings.

Live music by The Rick Olivarez Trio will provide a festive soundtrack throughout the event.

Jay Monger, Co-owner of Downtown Wine & Gourmet. Photo by Brandy Somers for ilovemyburg.com.

Jay Monger, Co-owner of Downtown Wine & Gourmet. Photo by Brandy Somers for ilovemyburg.com.

The festival is unique in that every wine available for sampling is also available for pre-ordering through Downtown Wine & Gourmet at discounted prices. Event attendees can note their favorite selections in the festival program and stop by the Downtown Wine & Gourmet festival table to complete their order before leaving the event. All orders will be filled and ready for pick-up on Saturday, September 15 from Downtown Wine & Gourmet at 41 Court Square, Suite C, in the Marketplace building in downtown Harrisonburg.

Seth Barch, Manager of Downtown Wine & Gourmet, has some fun at the 2012 Rocktown Wine & Dine Festival. Photo by Brandy Somers for ilovemyburg.com.

Seth Barch, Manager of Downtown Wine & Gourmet, has some fun at the 2012 Rocktown Wine & Dine Festival. Photo by Brandy Somers for ilovemyburg.com.

A special discount offer for festival guests is available from the Rocktown Wine & Dine Festival and Downtown Wine & Gourmet: one case mix & match receives 10% off the regular bottle price; three cases mix & match receives 20% off the regular bottle price; and five cases mix & match receives 25% off the regular bottle price.

For more information about the festival and to reserve tickets, please visit http://rocktownwinefestival.com.

Photo by Brandy Somers for ilovemyburg.com.

Photo by Brandy Somers for ilovemyburg.com.

Nicole Martorana is the Editor of the Do Downtown blog and the Promotions Manager for Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance.

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