Remember the food at Lincoln Wine Fest

Locals provide tasty treats for pairing
By: Steve Archer, Reporter
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Know and Go:

What: Lincoln Wine Festival

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Beermann Plaza, 640 Fifth St., and 17 downtown businesses

Cost: $35 in advance and $40 day of event. Register at Beermann Plaza.


Saturday’s visitors to the Lincoln Wine Festival can expect food at nearly every wine-tasting station in downtown.

Joanne Hilton, a member of the Lincoln Rotary Club and organizer of the annual festival, said the food pairings are almost as popular as the wine. The festival is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lincoln in partnership with the Downtown Lincoln Association.

“A very important feature of the Lincoln Wine Fest is the wonderful finger food that our food suppliers generously supply for the event,” Hilton said. “Some supply at their own location, such as Beermann’s Brewery, Double Barrel Smokehouse, Buonarotti’s Ristorante, Dillian’s Bar & Grill, Awful Annie’s and Country Harvest.”

And, Hilton said, this year’s event will feature an exciting new addition for foodies.

“We are delighted to announce that our own Blabbermouth Chocolates will be giving out samples and will have their incredible chocolate bars for sale,” Hilton said. “Do not miss any of these great offerings of finger food to enhance your wine samples.”

Gary Kramer, owner of Blabbermouth Chocolates, with his wife Darlene, said he would give away samples of his caffeinated coffee chocolate bars at Lincoln Gifts and Souvenirs, 505 Lincoln Blvd.

“Our chocolate bars pair well with cabernets, ports and late-harvest zinfandels,” Kramer said Wednesday. “Even a merlot will work, just not white wine.”

Kramer added that the Blabbermouth Chocolate shop, located at 448 Lincoln Blvd, Suite 203, will also have a special item for sale during the event: Chocolate Port.

“The Chocolate Port on sale at our shop is very popular,” Kramer said. “We recently sold a case of it in less than a week.”

Other culinary delights available, Hilton said, are gourmet samples from Citizen Vine; sandwiches from Mr. Pickle and appetizers from Los Gallos Mexican restaurant.

In addition to 17 local wineries serving up samples, the festival will also feature a band and a location for craft and specialty vendors. A free shuttle will run every 30 minutes from the Orchard Creek Lodge, in Lincoln Hills, to Beermann Plaza.