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Wine and dine in Berkeley Springs

April 15, 2004|by ANDREA ROWLAND

andrear@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - State-grown products will take center stage at the 11th annual Uniquely West Virginia Wine and Food Festival in Berkeley Springs.

Festival-goers can sample award-winning wines, beers and foods ranging from shiitake mushrooms to trout cakes from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 17, and from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 18, at the Ice House on the corner of Independence and Mercer streets.

Participating wineries include: Potomac Highland Winery of Keyser; Forks of Cheat from Morgantown; Jones Cabin Run Vineyards of Tanner; Little Hungary Farm Winery of Buckhannon; Kenco Farms Honey Wines of Sutton; Roane Vineyards of Spencer; West-Whitehill Winery of Morefield; Wolf Creek Winery of Wolfcreek; and Lambert's from Weston. West Virginia Brewing will offer samples of the frothy stuff.

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Tari's Premier Cafe of Berkeley Springs will turn out to the festival with an assortment of baked goods, salsa and fruit butters as well as West Virginia trout cakes and pepperoni braids. Hardscrabble Enterprises of Franklin's offerings will include shiitake mushroom logs and sauces. Honey lovers can partake in the line of products from ThistleDew Farm of Proctor. Gourmet Central of Romney's Chef Harv will offer edibles ranging from herbal vinegars to homemade preserves. West Virginia Fruit & Berry from Bridgeport will present a variety of fruit and berry products. Spoons & Sweets of Cottageville will feature jams, jellies, salsas and biscotti. And Berkeley Springs-based LaFonte Gourmet Selections will showcase their pasta and Muffaletta sauces.

In addition to food and drink, festival patrons can pick up such non-edible products as local artwork, books, handmade soaps and gift baskets. Live entertainment also has been added to the roster this year, said Laura Smith, administrative assistant at Travel Berkeley Springs. The mountain music of Our Wives Think We're at Work will be performed from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Local shops and restaurants will feature state-made and homegrown products throughout the weekend, Smith said.

For more information and a free Celebration Guide - which provides details about festival vendors and related activities throughout the area - call 1-800-447-8797 or go to www.berkeleysprings.com on the Web.

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