Fest-goers can pair wine, beer with food at Westminster event

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 kim3boys@comcast.net 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.

Prize choices

The Silver Run-Union Mills Lions Club will hold its annual bingo April 12 at St. Mary's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Silver Run. This year's bingo offers a twist: The 20 regular games of bingo will feature 10 $50 cash prizes and 10 Longaberger baskets stuffed with goodies. Game winners get to choose their prize.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and bingo will begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets cost $15 and include cards to play 20 games. Look for specials and raffles, too, including a large basket of goods from Brewer's Market, one from the vendors at Mayberry Mill, custom framed works from Berry Woodworks, an Origami Owl necklace and others.

Bring two nonperishable food items for the Silver Run-Union Mills Pantry and get a card to play a special game.

The consolation prize winner will get a Longaberger basket.

Plenty of food - including soups, sandwiches and desserts - and beverages will be provided by the St. Mary's Lutheran Church Outreach Committee and available for purchase in the kitchen.

St. Mary's Evangelical Lutheran Church is at 3978 Littlestown Pike.

For tickets or more information, call Tom Berry at 410-259-5041. Tickets will also be sold at the door for the same price, but seating is limited to 125.