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Uniquely West Virginia on tap this weekend

April 17, 2007

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The 14th annual Uniquely West Virginia wine and food festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday offers a free opportunity to sample dozens of state-grown products, including more than 25 vintages from five wineries.

More than 75 antique vendors become a new part of the festival at the north end of the Old Factory Antique Mall. A block from Old Factory, visitors can see more than 80 quilts of all sizes on display at the Ice House Gallery's annual Delectable Mountains Quilt show.

"This is a colorful event," Jeanne Mozier, one of the event organizers, said in a news release. "We have the yellow food group represented with specialty mustards and honey wine from Kenco Farms, the green food group with pickles from Uncle Bunk's, and the red food group with Flamin' Reds barbecue sauces and many of the wines."

Mozier also noted Berkeley Springs' full palette of color during the weekend with the quilt show and the blazing pinks of roadsides decked out for Redbud Weekend.

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"There are dozens of hands-on eco-activities during the weekend as part of celebrating what is unique about West Virginia," Mozier said. "Folks can get free redbud seedlings at Nature Niche, drive around to see the spicy hot pink blossoms and touch a black snake at Cacapon State Park Nature Center."

The weekend's main event on Saturday features award-winning wines from Potomac Highland of Keyser, W.Va., and Forks of Cheat from Morgantown, W.Va. "You could bring a group of friends and stage your own wine tasting at the festival," Laura Smith, event coordinator, said in the news release.

On Sunday, the environmental activities include a hike at Panorama Overlook at 9:30 a.m. and a sing-along with traditional instruments at Wind Dance Farm from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cabins by O'Briens is the scene on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. for pond design and edible wild plant hikes.

The quilt show can be viewed at the Ice House Gallery on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information and a free Celebration Guide with all the details on both festival vendors and related activities throughout the county, call 800-447-8797 or check online at www.berkeleysprings.com.

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