Historic Union Square District in El Dorado provides the backdrop for the first Southern Food & Wine Festival October 28-29. The festival provides the opportunity to meet and enjoy a taste of the areas’ culinary and wine selections and experience the area’s rich southern history. El Dorado caught the eye of the National Trust of Historic Preservation and was designated a Great American Main Street city in 2009, which recognizes communities that have transformed their historic downtown and shopping districts into “vibrant places to live, work and play without sacrificing what makes them special.”
During the event, an expanded tent city takes over the Union Square District keeping festival goers entertained surrounded by a mix of galleries, shops, restaurants and clubs.
A full agenda of activities includes arts and crafts, food and fine wine, and live music culminating with Grammy award winning performer, Trombone Shorty.
The festivities begin on the evening of Friday October 28 with a dinner hosted by Presqu’ile Winery at the El Dorado Conference Center. The dinner has southern foods and samples of inaugural varieties of pinot noir, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc. The New Birth Brass Band, winners of the Big Easy Award for Best Brass Band, provide the evening’s entertainment.
On Saturday Oct. 29, the festival opens in Union Square. The day is packed with wine and food tasting, southern visual art on display, and live music. The evenings’ last act is performed by 2011 Grammy nominee Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue. Their performances at and during the New Orleans Jazz Fest are legendary. At 23, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews became the youngest artist ever to grace the official poster of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The band has logged around 200 performances on five continents appeared on David Letterman, Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel TV shows and was recently praised by the New York Times as, “an unstoppable force.” Their new album For True was released in September of this year.
The festival is hosted by El Dorado Festivals and Events, Inc., and sponsored by Persqu’ile Winery. For additional event details and updates go to www.southernfoodandwinefest.com.