Sample wine from around the globe and beer from local breweries, and pair drinks with food, at the Wine & Beer Tasting Festival from 7 to 10 p.m. April 12 at the Reese fire hall.
The Westminster High School Class of 2016 Parent Boosters are sponsoring the event to help raise funds for the Class of 2016 after-prom party and other class activities.
There will be more than 30 different wines to choose from and beer from two local breweries, Evolution and Heavy Seas, said Kim Johnston, Parent Boosters volunteer.
Those who attend will have the opportunity to pair food catered by Gary Hein from Old World Catering with their favorite wine or beer.
When visitors find a favorite wine or beer, they can then order it through the Boosters at a discounted price for pickup from College Square Liquors in Westminster.
"It's something different that Carroll County doesn't see except for the [Maryland] wine festival," Johnston said of the Boosters event, now in its second year. "It's a smaller scale and indoors but it still gives you an opportunity to try wines, and from all over the world, not just Maryland.
"Our wine pourers are very educated and will share information about pouring and food pairings," said Johnston, who added that the food fare will include crab dip, salmon, antipasti trays, mini-wrap sandwiches, meatballs, cheese, crackers, bread, fruit and more. Desserts and coffee will also be provided.
Johnston said to look for a silent auction with baskets of wine boxes filled with wines, wine glasses, corkscrews, chocolates and other goodies.
Also look for raffles of smaller versions of the silent auction wine baskets. Raffle tickets cost $1 each or $5 for 10 tickets.
"The festival last year [at The Portico at St. John Catholic Church] brought so many excited guests that we had to move to the larger venue at Reese fire hall this year," Johnston said. "Last year we did strictly wine, but we added beer this year because the men seem to prefer beer."
Tickets cost $40 per person and include all tastings and food.
"There is no limit to how many samples are tried or how much food," Johnston said. "We think everyone will find something to enjoy. It's to benefit the children of Westminster High School and it's a good night out. It can be a date night or a girl's night out. This is all so the kids can enjoy their senior year."
This event is for those 21 and older.
All tickets must be purchased in advance, as none will be sold at the door. Contact Kim at 443-604-6575 or email email@example.com for tickets and more information or purchase at their PayPal link, http://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=45DRPFTMWGTB2.
The Reese fire hall is at 1745 Baltimore Blvd., Westminster.