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Water tasting in Berkeley Springs set for this weekend

February 22, 2000

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting celebrates its 10th anniversary with more than 100 waters from across the country and around the globe Saturday, Feb. 26.

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Municipal waters from 26 states and the District of Columbia will compete for the honor of best-tasting tap water at 3:30 p.m. Bottled waters, both still and sparkling, hail from 17 states and four countries, including two Bosnian entries. Judging begins at 7:30 p.m. New this year is a People's Choice award for best packaging.

Watermaster Arthur von Wiesenberger, expert and author from Santa Barbara, Calif., directs the challenge of evaluating a product where tastelessness is the most sought-after quality. The water-tasting competition and evening awards reception at Coolfont Resort is produced by Travel Berkeley Springs. It is free and open to the public.

A reception and awards presentation follow the judging at 9 p.m. Handcrafted fused-glass slump bowls created by Amingo Glass Co. of Hedgesville, W.Va., are presented as awards in the municipal, bottled and still water categories as well as for best packaging design. Billed as "black tie or bib overall optional," the reception features foods from Coolfont's Treetop Restaurant, water information and bottling exhibits.

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The seminar "Water: Our Legacy" will be offered Friday, Feb. 25. Bottled water producers, water facility managers and superintendents will have the opportunity to discuss the taste of water as well as other industry issues with representatives from Environmental Protection Agency, Food and Drug Administration and Desert Hot Springs, Calif., the 1999 gold medal winner.

The water-tasting weekend begins Thursday, Feb. 24, with preliminary tastings at Coolfont and specials all around Morgan County, continuing through Sunday, Feb. 27.

For information and a free calendar of events, call Travel Berkeley Springs at 1-800-447-8797 or check out the event on the Internet at www.berkeleysprings.com/water.

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