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Wine and Culinary Festival to take place at Savannah Rapids

Posted: October 10, 2012 - 12:03am
Monique Cauble pours wine for Donna Cotton, of Augusta, at the sixth annual CoCo Wine Festival at Savannah Rapids Pavilion.  Photo by Jenna Martin
Photo by Jenna Martin
Monique Cauble pours wine for Donna Cotton, of Augusta, at the sixth annual CoCo Wine Festival at Savannah Rapids Pavilion.

These are the days of wine and roses.

The seventh annual CoCo Wine and Culinary Festival takes place 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans-to-Lock Road, Martinez.

Despite its longevity it is, according to CSRA Wine Fest CEO/President Pat Goodwin, still very much a work in progress.

“It’s not at the level I want it to be,” she said. “Not yet. This is something that we started on a very small budget and it continues to grow.”

In years past, the event coincided with an Augusta Rose Society show. While the floral contest will not be part of the proceedings this year, Goodwin said a display of local buds would be part of the event.

“I wanted to keep that little mix of everything,” she said.

The idea of the festival is to sample wines in a controlled environment, talk to distributors and learn a little about appropriate pairings.

“It is not a big party,” she said.

Goodwin said she expected to have more than 200 wines and beers on hand at the event as well as catered finger food and wine product exhibits.

Proceeds from this year’s event go toward the Augusta Tech Culinary Endowment, which provides aid to students in the school’s culinary arts program.

Over the years the Festival has donated approximately $8,000 to local causes.

IF YOU GO

What: Seventh Annual CoCo Wine & Culinary Festival

When: 1-4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Savannah Rapids Pavilion

Cost: $35 in advance, $45 at the door and $20 for designated drivers. Tickets available at the Vineyard Wine Shop in Evans, the Ninth Street Wine Market in Augusta and at www.csrawinefestival.com. Proof of age must be provided at the door.

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