GOLD BEACH – People who were at the Event Center on the Beach this weekend and who enjoy tasting wine, beer and brandy, eating food, listening to music and viewing arts and crafts were no doubt having a good time.
Gerald Airth watches Katie Liane during her first attempt at spinning alpaca yarn during weekend festival. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
Countless people attended the 23rd annual America’s Wild Rivers Coast Wine, Art and Music Festival, which took place on both floors of Docia Sweet Hall, the Showcase Building and the grounds in between. Attendance was not available at press time on Tuesday.This year’s event included 20 wineries from throughout Western Oregon and Northern California. Each winery had a booth offering wine sales by the bottle or the glass. Many used the complimentary wine glass adorned with the festival logo for tasting the many varieties of wine. Microbrew beer was also served.
New this year was a display by Brandy Peak Distillery in Brookings. Brandy Peak has been distilling pear brandy for the past 17 years, but has never been able to take part in the wine festival because of law prohibiting it. The law changed, allowing the distillery’s presence, according to Georgia Nowlin, who owns the business with her husband David.
Intermingled with the winery tables were 29 artisan booths, many offering hand-crafted creations.
For those who were hungry, six culinary booths offered everything from spicy chicken legs to popcorn. Although seating was limited where the food was sold, there were plenty of tables surrounding the stage where seven musical groups took turns entertaining over the two-day event.
Saturday’s lineup of musicians were all from the Gold Beach area, while Sunday had musicians from other areas. Among the guest performers was Rävinwolf, a band from Seattle that will be playing in Brookings (See Page 3B for a review of the performance).
Added to the festivities this year was a display of flowers in the Floral Building. The show, hosted by the Innominata Garden Club of Gold Beach, had displays of floral design and horticulture specimens. Those attending the show could choose their favorite in each category. Winning the People’s Choice Awards were Linda Stokes for horticulture and Laurie Brand for floral designs.
Other prizes in the Horticulture Category were:
•Sweepstakes Award – Robert Cooper;
•Award of Merit – Norma Lippert, Robert Cooper, Carolyn Kvaternik and Linda Stokes;
•Arboreal Award – Joan Cooper, Robert Cooper and Joan Goodison
•Horticultural Excellence – Linda Stokes.
In the Design Category:
•Best of Show and Designer’s Choice – Sue Deal;
•Award of Distinction – Linda Stokes;
•Sweepstakes Award and Table Artistry Award – Joan Cooper.