Imagine experiencing a beautiful, warm evening strolling under a star-studded sky as you sample fine wine and exquisite culinary creations, try your luck at an auction and dance the night away in a wonderful festival setting. All of this and so much more will be part of this year's festivities planned for the Fifth Annual Florida Wine Festival in Tallahassee, Florida.
This annual rite of spring is a three-day festival that benefits The Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science. Mary Brogan was the beloved-late wife of The Honorable Frank Brogan. She lost a long battle with breast cancer in 1999, during her husband's first year as Florida's Lieutenant Governor. Her spirit and good works live on through the Brogan Museum. Frank Brogan later moved further south and accepted a position as the president of Florida Atlantic University.
This year The Florida Wine Festival welcomes the Honorable and Handsome New Florida Governor, Charlie Crist as it's Honorary Chair for 2007.
But beyond the pomp and circumstance of this noble benefit, perhaps the part that I find most intriguing is the grape-stomping that is scheduled as a kick-off on the final day of the festival.
Grape-stomping in Tallahassee? Who would have ever thought Kleman Plaza would be the setting for a celebrity grape-stomping competition? I wonder if Florida's new governor will join in this fun foot-stomping event. This would make for some great photo opportunities.
I generally try to avoid crowds, but I must admit, this is one Tallahassee event that has stirred my imagination with its creative planning, dynamic schedule of activities and fairly inclusive community-wide nature.
If you are looking for a great weekend adventure, in my humble opinion, springtime is the most spectacular time of year to visit Florida's beautiful capitol city and with the combination of fabulous food, exquisite wines and the opportunity to support a worth-while cause . . . how could you miss? If you travel from afar, don't forget to sample some of the other great sites this area has to offer, too. This part of the world is steeped in historical significance.
The Florida Wine Festival will be held April 12-14, 2007. More details can be read at The Florida Wine Festival’s website.
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Kathi Dameron is a freelance writer and the owner of Kathi Dameron and Associates. http://www.kathidameron.com
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