South End wine and beer fest changes to smaller, week-long schedule

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — How do you host a wine and beer festival during a pandemic? Organizers of the 6th annual South End Wine and Hops Fest came up with a solution: expand from a one-day festival to six smaller events that offer a VIP-style experience.

This year, events will be held from Oct. 21-25. Here’s a rundown of the different events:

Oct. 21 – Skates, Slushes and Sliders at Tayste, 3440 St. Vardell Lane. Skaters will roll up to your car with food and drinks. $35. Click here for details.

Oct. 22 – Alchemy Wine Dinner, 2517 Distribution St. Chef Ken Aponte will prepare culinary creations paired with some of his favorite wines. $75. Click here for details.

Oct. 23 – Tayste Curds and Corks at 3440 St. Vardell Lane. Enjoy 4 cheese-inspired courses paired with 4 wines in an al fresco setting. $60. Click here for details.

Oct. 24 – 6th annual South End Wine and Hops Festival at Unknown Brewing, 1327 S. Mint St. Admission includes 3 hour tasting of wine, cider and craft beer. $20-$55. Click here for details.

Oct. 25 – Rosé and Mimosa Soiree at Hoppin', 1402 Winnifred St. Admission includes 4 hour tasting of sparkling wine, rosé and cider. $55. Click here for details.

Oct. 25 – Sip and Savor at Lincoln Street Kitchen and Cocktails, 1320 S. Church St. Wine dinner featuring multiple courses. $75. Click here for details.

Safety precautions will be taken at each event, including temperature checks and hand sanitizer stations. Face masks or coverings will be required when you’re not seated or at a tasting table. All tickets must be purchased in advance, no tickets will be sold at the door for any event.

Festival events are only open to adults age 21 and older.

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