By Andrea Cordle
Like a fine wine, some things just get better with age.
This is certainly the case for the Grove City Town Center Wine and Arts Festival.
Now in its fourth year, the event continues to grow in popularity and doubles in size each year. According to Andy Furr, with Town Center Inc., the Grove City event is one of the best in Ohio for attracting wineries.
“We had a waiting list from wineries,” said Furr. “Folks really want to get involved.”
This year’s event, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 20 in downtown Grove City, will feature 20 Ohio wineries, including Grove City’s own Plum Run Winery. The Town Center Inc. capped the event at 20 and had them registered before Christmas.
“Wine is highly trending,” said Furr. “Why not capitalize on an Ohio product?”
In addition to wine tasting, the event will also feature 120 artists, craters and authors. Many of the artists are local, but the event brings in artists from all over Ohio, as well as surrounding states.
According to Furr, the Grove City Visitors and Convention Bureau has been instrumental is helping to spread the word about this festival. He said the group will place ads in magazines that are viewed in Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Kentucky.
Proceeds from ticket sales at the Wine and Arts Festival help to offset the operational and marketing costs of Town Center Inc. The group’s goal is to bring visitors and more business to downtown Grove City.
“This event really helps to bring awareness to local businesses,” said Furr. “Awareness is the key issue.”
New this year, Town Center Inc. will host a VIP night from 6 to 10 p.m. June 19 at Venue 62. This is an upscale fundraiser, featuring seven wineries, which will be showcasing products exclusive for the evening.
According to Furr, there were 96 open tickets. Most spots have been reserved, but there are about a dozen tickets remaining.
The event includes a meal courtesy of Cameron Mitchell and Capital City Cakes, entertainment and a silent auction that will benefit the South-Western City Schools Educational Foundation. Tickets for the VIP night are $100.
For more information on the Grove City Town Center Wine and Arts Festival or the VIP night, visit www.grovecitytowncenter.org.