CLARKDALE, Arizona – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Four Eight Wineworks and the Clarkdale Foundation have opened ticket sales for the fourth annual Verde Valley Wine Festival, the premier wine and culinary event in northern Arizona. The festival returns to Clarkdale Town Park on Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission and VIP tickets are now available online. Festival organizers also appealed to local food vendors, Arizona beer and liquor vendors, and event sponsors and volunteers to help organize the event.
Last year, the sold-out Verde Valley Wine Festival showcased locally sourced wine from more than 17 Arizona wineries, 3 local breweries and distilleries, and 11 local specialty vendors. Participants from across the region gathered at the Clarkdale Town Complex for wine and beer tastings, food, live music and more. The day before the main event, VIP ticket holders attended an exclusive wineries dinner and live auction, where Arizona wineries and businesses offered specialty items and unique experiences. A portion of the proceeds from the event goes to the Clarkdale Foundation’s philanthropic programs and the live auction raises funds for the Arizona Winegrowers Alliance. Last year’s event raised over $ 28,000 for local nonprofits.
“The Verde Valley Wine Festival showcases the community of Clarkdale, the Verde Valley and the strong ecosystem of Arizona wineries, breweries, spirits and restaurants that add significant value to our local economy,” said David Baird, Director of the Verde Valley Wine Festival and director at Four Eight Wineworks. “The main theme of our event is ‘local’ and we are committed to showcasing the best food, drink and culture for locals and visitors. This year we’re excited to be back in the beautiful, newly renovated Clarkdale Town Park, so expect the 2019 festival to be even bigger than last year, with more choices and experiences.
Restaurants, breweries, distilleries and fine food vendors are encouraged to apply for an immediate seat at the event, as they are limited and on a first come, first served basis. Applications for wineries and wine vendors are now closed. The full lineup of wineries, restaurants, breweries and food vendors will be announced soon.
The Verde Valley Wine Festival is also accepting applications from event sponsors from the local business community. There are several levels of sponsorship participation that can meet the budgetary needs of companies that want to make themselves known by making themselves known at this highly anticipated event.
The Clarkdale Foundation will return as a non-profit partner of the Festival. “We are proud to partner again with Four Eight Wineworks to bring this festival back to Clarkdale for another successful year. Proceeds from last year’s event helped us expand our philanthropic support for community programs in Clarkdale, ”said Nick Hunseder, vice chairman of the board of the Clarkdale Foundation.
Festival organizers are appealing for local volunteers to help them pick up tickets at the entrance gates, manage VIP guest check-ins, set-up and tear-down of exhibits and other operations.
“We are grateful for the support of the many generous volunteers from our community who showed up last year to help organize the event,” said Debbie Hunseder, festival administrator. “We hope last year’s volunteers will return, and we would also like to see new faces join our team. We couldn’t do it without their help.
For more information on applying as a wine, food or beer vendor, visit http://verdevalleywinefestival.com/brewer-spirits-application. To apply as a vendor or exhibitor, go to http://verdevalleywinefestival.com/exhibitor-application. To learn more about how to become an event sponsor, visit http://verdevalleywinefestival.com/sponsors. Volunteer opportunities are available; please visit our registration page at http://verdevalleywinefestival.com/volunteers.
About the Verde Valley Wine Festival
Now in its fourth year, the Verde Valley Wine Festival is northern Arizona’s premier wine, food and music event. All wines, spirits, and food are grown and produced in the state of Arizona. To find out more about us, visit www.verdevalleywinefestival.com. For real-time updates on the Festival, connect with us on Facebook,
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About four eight cellars
Four Eight Wineworks is the only winemaking incubator in northern Arizona, providing access to the tools emerging winemakers need to become full winemakers. Founded in 2013, Four Eight Wineworks intends to retain the talent of Arizona winemakers by providing the resources necessary for high quality production. Visit the Four Eight Wineworks tasting room at 140 Main Street in Jerome, Arizona, inside Puscifer the Store, or online at www.four8wineworks.com.
About the Clarkdale Foundation
Founded in 1998, the Clarkdale Foundation is a 501-c-3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the community of Clarkdale, Arizona, through philanthropic efforts. For nearly 20 years, the Foundation has been committed to creating a legacy endowment fund for future generations of Clarkdale, supporting the improvement of community facilities, and providing financial assistance for artistic, educational and cultural activities. For more information, visit http://clarkdalefoundation.org/.