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Wine & Beer Fest in New Kensington will appeal to everyone – even non-drinkers

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This file photo shows bottles on display inside the Wooden Door Winery in Allegheny Township.
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This file photo shows bottles on display inside the Wooden Door Winery in Allegheny Township.

Residents will have a chance to sample some locally made drinks while taking in entertainment during the Alle Kiski Strong Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Wine & Beer Fest.

The event will be held Friday in New Kensington and will feature local brewers, wine makers and distillers. Vendors, food trucks and entertainment will also be set up in the area of 10th Street, Eighth Street and Fifth Avenue.

Tickets for the alcohol tasting are $20 a piece, but residents are encouraged to come out and enjoy the other vendors and entertainment for free.

“If you’re not a wine drinker or beer drinker or don’t drink, we still want you to be able to take part in the event,” said Lynda Pozzuto, the chamber’s executive director.

Pozzuto said they wanted to do a beer and wine tasting since so many local operations have been opening in the area over the past few years.

These businesses will be participating in the tasting: Federal Distilling, Bushy Run Winery, Deer Creek Winery, Wooden Door Winery, Country Winery, Courtyard Winery, Penn Brewery, D.R. Distillery and Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

Pozzuto said the chamber chose New Kensington for the event because of the growth the downtown has seen with its Corridor of Innovation, a zone of economic revitalization that encompasses Fifth Avenue between the 700 and 1100 blocks. On one end is Penn State New Kensington’s entrepreneurial center and on the other is the Knead Community Cafe.

“There’s so much excitement that’s going on in New Kensington right now,” she said. “We just thought it would be a great place for this event.”

The chamber serves 70 municipalities across Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler and Westmoreland counties.

“It is a huge territory,” Pozzuto said. “We do try to spread out events and what we do throughout our territory.”

Residents can buy tickets in advance by going to www.eventbrite.com and searching for “Beer & Wine Fest in New Ken­sington” or by calling the chamber office at 724-224-3400. Tickets will also be sold at the event.

Pozzuto said New Ken­sington officials and business owners have embraced the event.

Mayor Tom Guzzo said the chamber has done a great job of planning the festival and he’s looking forward to it.

“It’s kind of a neat thing for downtown,” he said. “It’ll give people an opportunity to come down and see what’s going on in the Corridor of Innovation.”

Pozzuto said she hopes this is an event that can continue on for years to come.

“Hopefully, we learn a lot from this,” she said. “We want this to be an annual event down there.”

Emily Balser is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Emily at 724-226-4680, [email protected] or via Twitter @emilybalser.

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