Redding Beer Wine Festival
A Downtown Art Affair Builds Community
Story: Kimberly Carlson
As the days get shorter and the weather cools, local breweries, wineries and restaurants gather to share some of their finer selections at Redding’s 12th Annual Beer and Wine Festival. Chefs will give food demonstrations and then pair their culinary delights with a wine or beer during the Sept. 20 event.
Mandee Carlson, who has frequently attended the festival says, “It’s a great community event to socialize and support our local vendors and artists. I like the fact that there are different varieties of beer and wine I don’t normally get to experience.”
And varieties there will be. More than 50 local breweries and wineries will participate, including Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Lost Coast Brewery, Mt. Shasta Brewing Company, North Star Craft Brewery, Matson Vineyards, Lassen Peak Winery and Alger Vineyards and Winery. Alex Gaxiola and Janis Logan, owners of Vintage Wine Bar and Restaurant, will pour wines from their vast selection. “We like to expose the people of Redding to good wines from local vineyards and wines from around the world,” Gaxiola says.
Sampling refreshing beers and tasting wines made from local grapes is a large part of the fun. But also, “people enjoy the historical setting,” says John Truitt, Director of Viva Downtown, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the cultural, social and economic development of downtown Redding. “We provide a venue for people to gather and share in other’s talents, while enhancing our downtown.”
The Beer and Wine Festival is sponsored by Viva Downtown Redding in partnership with Results Radio. The Festival is united with “A Downtown Art Affair,” a joint venture with the Shasta County Arts Council.
More than two dozen local artists will display their work at the festival and art lovers will have the opportunity to talk with artists and make purchases.
“There will be a variety of art, including paintings, sculptures and glass work,” says Beth Tappan of Results Radio.
Redding’s Beer and Wine Festival always sells out Truitt says. This year’s festival is expected to attract more than 1,800 people. “The festival has become huge. It is no longer just on Market Street, but also extends down Sacramento Street to South Street,” says Suzanne Akana, events coordinator for Viva Downtown.
So come and say “cheers” to your friends, neighbors and fellow community members. “Come and have a good time,” Truitt says. “The Beer and Wine Festival makes Redding a better place to live, a better place to have fun.” •
Redding Beer and Wine Festival 4-8 pm Saturday, Sept. 20 Market, Sacramento and South streets Tickets $35; available at Raley’s Supermarkets in Redding and Red Bluff and at the door