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Weekend of wine, food, hiking and more

April 19, 2007|by JULIE E. GREENE

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A Berkeley Springs tradition founded 14 years ago to help promote products grown and made in West Virginia continues this Saturday.

Many of the wines available for sampling at Uniquely West Virginia Wine & Food Festival have become so successful they are widely distributed and no longer need festivals like this to survive, said Jeanne Mozier, one of the event's organizer.

But the vendors continue to come to interact with customers and give people who visit the festival an opportunity to sample many wines, Mozier said.

While some of the wines are sold locally, the entire lines are not sold in town, Mozier said. This is a chance to come out and taste a variety of wine and food so customers can make informed purchases.

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This year's festival will be held at the Old Factory Antique Mall, which features about 75 antique vendors, Mozier said. Recent festivals were held at the American Legion in town.

After being a two-day event for a couple of years, the festival is a one-day event this year.Wines cannot be sold in West Virginia on Sundays until 1 p.m., and many festival visitors leave town around 2 p.m., so there was a narrow window of opportunity for tasting on Sundays, Mozier explained.

The festival will feature samples of more than 25 vintages from five wineries.

Food to be sold includes pepperoni rolls, the unofficial state food, and troutcakes at Tari's Cafe, Mozier said. Lot 12, a fine dining restaurant in town, will serve ramp soup. Ramps are an early spring wild onion common to West Virginia.

Bath House will sell soaps and oils, Mozier said.

While the festival is only on Saturday, there are a variety of events going on in town this weekend, including hikes sponsored by the Ecology Coalition of Morgan County for Redbud Weekend, to celebrate the blooming of redbud trees in Morgan County, Mozier said.

Events include:

· Delectable Mountains Quilt Show at Ice House Gallery, corner of Independence and Mercer streets, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

· Singalong with traditional instruments at Wind Dance Farm, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Take Winchester Grade Road south about seven miles and turn right on Virginia Line Road to get to the farm.

· For a list of hikes this weekend, go to www.berkeleysprings.com/ecotourism/econotes.htm.

· Nature Niche, at the corner of Washington and Congress streets, will be giving away redbud seedlings, while supplies last.




If you go ...



WHAT: Uniquely West Virginia Wine & Food Festival

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 21

WHERE: Old Factory Antique Mall, corner of William and Mercer streets, Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

COST: Free samples. Items available for purchase.

DIRECTIONS: From Hagerstown, take Interstate 70 west to the second Hancock exit. Follow U.S. 522 south into Berkeley Springs, W.Va. Once in Berkeley Springs, take the first left onto William Street.

MORE: For more information, call Travel Berkeley Springs at 800-447-8797 or go to www.berkeleysprings.com.

This weekend also is Redbud Weekend with several ecological events such as hikes. For a list of hikes, go to www.berkeleysprings.com/ecotourism/econotes.htm.

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