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Tasting and Toasting Planned for Clifton

Town hosts annual wine festival, May 29.

A large variety of wines, gourmet food, crafts vendors, children’s activities, live music and fun galore in a small-town setting – it’s all at the fourth annual Clifton Wine Festival. It’s slated for Saturday, May 29, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., in the town park off Chapel Street.

Some 20 Virginia wineries, including Clifton’s own Paradise Springs, will showcase their finest offerings. Participants include: Gadino Cellars, Lake Anna Winery, Horton Vineyards, Kluge Estate, Fincastle Vineyard, Davis Valley Winery, North Gate Vineyard, Philip Carter Winery, Three Fox Vineyards, Winery at La Grange, DelFosse Vineyards, Cooper Vineyards, Rebec Vineyards, Vino Curioso, Pearmund Cellars, Fabbioli Cellars, Loudoun Valley Vineyards, Old House Vineyards and North Mountain Vineyard & Winery.

Only those over 21 will be able to sample the wines. Taster Tickets (21+ only) are $22 in advance, $25 at the gate; ages 16 and up, $12 in advance, $15 at gate and includes a beverage and pizza slice, hot dog or sandwich; ages 2-15, $2 in advance, $5 at gate. For more information and to buy tickets, see www.cliftonwine.com.

More than 2,000 people from throughout the Washington Metropolitan area attended last year’s festival. "We’re very excited to once again host this great event," said Festival organizer Marcus Silva, owner of the principal sponsor, Capitol Roofing-USA of Chantilly. "It’s lots of fun and people can increase their knowledge of Virginia’s great wineries."

Food vendors include Bonefish Grill, Baja Fresh, The Melting Pot, Hogwild and Cupcakes Actually. Moonbounces, cotton candy, games and prizes will be available for children.

Arts and crafts vendors will sell items such as wine accessories, jewelry, crocheted shawls and hats, hand-painted glassware, quilted purses, pillows, closet and office organizing systems, wine and apple cider.

Entertaining attendees with live music are two bands. Billed as a classic, party-music band, Deal Wid It will perform songs from the 1960s-1980s, including rock, funk and Motown. Dolly Sodds Classic Rock and Roll will play songs made famous by a wide variety of artists.

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