You won’t have to go far to complete the Lexington Wine Walk Saturday. The annual event featuring local food, merchants and, yes, wine, is contained to the 100 block of East Main Street in Lexington.
“People think it’s some crazy 5K or something, but it’s not,” event co-chair Brittany Owens said.
That one block is packed with about 30 Lexington County businesses, who will be serving samples from area restaurants and pouring wine tastings for guests. Participating businesses and restaurants include Essex Homes, Mastercraft Exteriors, Ganbei and Old Mill Brew Pub.
Wine and food samples are included in the cost of entry – $30 in advance and $40 at the gate.
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There will also be food trucks at the festival for guests who are craving a bigger meal. This is the first year that trucks from Pawleys Front Porch and 2 Fat 2 Fly stuffed chicken wings will sell their popular food at the wine walk and prevent people from having to leave for dinner, Owens said.
“We like to have the food trucks there in case people want a full meal option, especially because all of the wine,” Owens said. “In the past, people would leave, get a meal and come back.”
The annual event, in its sixth year, typically attracts between 3,500 and 4,000 people, according to Owens. She described the event as “a big block party.”
“There’s a good sense of camaraderie and community there. People treat it like a big reunion,” Owens said. “It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, you’ll see someone you know there.”
All proceeds from the volunteer-run event go to the Lexington Beautification Foundation, which works to facilitate projects to beautify Lexington County. Past projects include the building of Lexington Square near the Lexington County Courthouse.
The event is built on charity. None of the restaurants or businesses get paid to participate; 2,000 samples of food from each restaurant will be provided for free during one of the busiest dining weekends of the year: college graduation and Mother’s Day weekend.
“They’re in it for the charity and the cause,” Owens said.
The event will also feature local bands Going Commando and High Maintenance. They will perform classic rock and country hits while guests eat, drink and peruse local businesses’ booths.
“It’s a really fun night,” Owens said. “I don’t know how much that has to do with the wine.”
If you go: The Lexington Wine Walk is from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, on the 100 block of East Main Street. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $30 at lexingtonwinewalk.com or at Palmetto Wine and Spirits (109 Old Chapin Road, Lexington) or for $40 at the gate. Backpacks, coolers, strollers and children are not allowed.
Amanda C. Coyne