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Uniquely West Virginia on tap this weekend

April 19, 2005

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Cigars, vintage wines and the debut of a local collection of short stories highlight the 12th annual Uniquely West Virginia Wine and Food Festival on Saturday and Sunday at the American Legion in downtown Berkeley Springs.

The chance to sip and sample popular state-grown products from more than two dozen vendors is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The two-day wine and food festival is a nationally ranked event and serves as centerpiece for an weekend of activities including a three-stop artwalk beginning at 5 p.m. Friday and concluding with the opening of the Delectable Mountain Quilt Show at the Ice House Gallery at 7:30 p.m.

Redbud Weekend activities on Saturday and Sunday range from free redbud seedlings at Nature Niche to eco-workshops and tours.

The weekend's main event offers the public a chance to taste and take home a variety of fine wines and foods. Award-winning West Virginia wineries among the nine in attendance include Potomac Highland of Keyser, Forks of Cheat from Morgantown, and Jones Cabin Run Vineyards of Tanner. Little Hungary Farm Winery of Buckhannon features unique honey wine and Lambert's from Weston has an array of vintage wines.

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The third volume of a collection of short stories set in Morgan County, "Tri-Tales" was written by 15 local authors. It will be available at a discount price and authors will be present to sign the book.

To balance the wine tastings and books, there are edible products to sample. Shiitake mushroom logs, supplies and sauces are available from Hardscrabble Enterprises of Franklin, W.Va.

Tari's Premier Cafe offers an assortment of baked goods, salsa and fruit butters as well as Tari's own West Virginia trout cakes and pepperoni braids.

Gourmet Central, of Romney, W.Va., features an assortment of edible products ranging from herbal vinegars, conserves and preserves to originally crafted jams, jellies, salsas and sauces. West Virginia Fruit and Berry from Bridgeport lives up to its name with a wide variety of fruit and berry products. Berkeley Springs based LaFonte Gourmet Selections showcases its pasta and muffaletta sauces.

Uniquely West Virginia is produced by Travel Berkeley Springs, with support from the West Virginia Department of Agriculture and Division of Culture and History. Admission costs $2 at the American Legion on Washington Street just north of town. For more information, call 800-447-8797.

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