Out for an evening of sophisticated fun, Avalon Wine & Spirits Festival attendees enjoyed fine beverages and local delicacies this past Friday night. The event brought more than 200 high-end wine and spirits to the Avalon Community Hall. Meanwhile, restaurants from the area provided delicious hors d’oeuvres for festival-goers to enjoy throughout the night.
Wine-lovers had the unique chance to speak with distributors about their products and taste a variety of different fine wines. Red, white and rose wines from places like France, Italy and California were in full supply at the festival. This advanced selection was thanks to distributors like Lauber, Regal Wines, Meritage Wine Group and others; all of whom set up their tables around the perimeter of the hall.
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry
As an added opportunity, guests also had the chance to meet and speak with Kieran Robinson, co-founder of Kieran Robinson Wines. Robinson grew up in the Westchester, Pennsylvania area and spent his summers working at Fred’s Avalon Liquor Store.
After attending college and working at a winery in France for a year, Robinson started his wine business. (With help from his wife.) With his newfound experience producing high-quality wine, Robinson returned to Avalon for the festival; where he presented his wines to those who share his passion and appreciation for fine wine.
What’s a good glass of wine without a little cheese to go along with it? Thanks to Avalon Market, attendees had the chance to taste a variety of fresh cheeses. Other food served at the event included spring rolls and bruschetta; as well as seafood from local restaurants like Windrift, Fuze Italian, and Oceanside Seafood.
Along with wine, guests had the chance to try a selection of vodka, scotch, bourbon and other spirits at the event. The selection included spirit specialists Federal Distilling, Diageo, Austin Cocktails and Jerry’s Vodka.
While all of these businesses provided signature tastes and flavors, Jerry’s Vodka stood out as a Jersey-made vodka company. The business originated in New Jersey and helps to support the local economy by operating in the state and directing its product at New Jerseyans.
Music and Prizes
While tasting the different food and drinks, guests also had the chance to sign up for prizes during a silent auction. For example, the auction included donations from local businesses that featured yoga classes, dinner reservations, golf outings and other prizes.
Guests also enjoyed the musical stylings of Philadelphia-based band Curtis Jr. while touring the different tables around the hall. The band performed on the stage at the far side of the room and played an acoustic set of popular songs throughout the evening to complement the chatter around the hall.
For more than ten years, the festival has been a staple in Avalon. Avalon Chamber of Commerce and Fred’s Avalon Liquor Store presented the festival as a way to celebrate the spring season; as well as welcome visitors before the summer season.
Patrice Davis, the coordinator for the Avalon Chamber of Commerce, explained that the festival helps attract town tourism every year.
“It’s a great way to kick off spring and get everyone down to Avalon before the start of the summer,” Davis stated.
The festival is held every year on the Friday before Mother’s Day. For more info about the event or to check out more events in Avalon visit visitavalonnj.com.
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