niagara-beer-and-wine-festival.jpgCelebration of Wine, Beer & Food Showcases Niagara County Wineries, Farms and Artisanal Vendors Lockport, N.Y. - Super Bowl Sunday may be the traditional "big party" of the winter, but the Kenan Center in Lockport is gearing up to add a new seasonal celebration to Western New Yorker's calendars. The inaugural "Niagara Wine and Beer Fest," scheduled to take place January 28 at the Kenan Center Arena, will feature local wineries, a variety of breweries, and farm and food selections, with proceeds benefitting the Kenan Center and its diverse arts, education, and recreation programs. Co-chairs Mark Jaekle and Kellena Kane say that enthusiasm for a wine and beer festival has been high ever since the conversation began over a year ago. "There's been a tremendous amount of interest in a festival that showcases the exceptional wineries of the Niagara Wine Trail as well as the artisanal products of the local farms, and with the Kenan Center located right at the doorway to the wine and agricultural region, it seemed like a natural event for us to undertake," says Kane. Wineries that will be participating in the event are: Arrowhead Spring Vineyards, Black Willow Winery, Chateau Niagara Winery, Eveningside Vineyards, Freedom Run Winery, Honeymoon Trail Winery, Niagara Landing Wine Cellars, Schulze Vineyards & Winery, Victorianbourg Wine Estate, Vizcarra Vineyards, and the Winery of Ellicottville. Breweries represented will be Flying Bison, Lake Placid, Saranac, Long Trail, Pyramid, and Brooklyn. Blackman Homestead Farm, Murphy Orchards, and Diva's All That Chocolate will offer tastings and products for sale. Live music, food, and a Chinese auction will round out the evening. Each guest will receive a souvenir tasting glass and twenty tasting tickets; additional tickets can be purchased. Tasting journals will be provided for jotting down favorite wines and beers. The Niagara Wine and Beer Fest joins another annual favorite-100 American Craftsmen-as an event the Kenan Center expects to have wide regional appeal, bringing many from outside the area to Lockport. "The Canal Tourism Task Force recently acknowledged 100 American Craftsmen and the Holiday Gift Show-both Kenan Center events--as two of Lockport's important cultural assets in terms of attracting visitors from outside the area," says Executive Director Susan Przybyl. "The addition of the Niagara Wine and Beer Fest not only serves as an important source of revenue, but also brings a new event to Lockport that has proven to be a very successful fundraiser for many other non-profits who have added wine and beer festivals to their calendars of events. We're very enthusiastic about the growth potential of the festival." VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Organizers of the Niagara Wine and Beer Fest expect that more than 100 volunteers will be needed for various roles during the event which will run from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Volunteers will work an average of two-and-a-half hours. Any one over the age of 21 is invited to participate. Sponsorship opportunities are also available at a variety of levels. If interested in either volunteering or sponsorship, please contact Doug Levy at 433-2617, ext. 205 or send an email to info@kenancenter.org. Pre-sale tickets are $20 through January 27 at the Kenan Center Business Office, 433 Locust Street, or at the Kenan Center Arena, 195 Beattie Avenue. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.NiagaraWineAndBeerFest.com. Admission at the door will be $30. This is an adult only event, and only those age 21 and over will be admitted with proper ID. The Kenan Center is a regional community center located in the historic home of Lockport businessman and philanthropist William R. Kenan Jr. It provides diverse arts, education and recreation programs to the community and greater Buffalo Niagara region. For more information, call 716-433-2617 or email info@kenancenter.org.

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Contact: Elaine Harrigan, Marketing Director (716) 433-2617 eharrigan@kenancenter.org