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Pennsylvania's Brandywine Food & Wine Festival celebrates all things local

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The third annual Brandywine Food & Wine Festival, presented by The Brandywine Valley Wine Trail as well as Delaware Today and Main Line Today magazines, will be held on Sat., June 14, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Myrick Conservation Center in West Chester, Pa. The festival will celebrate all things local, from food and wine to music and crafts.

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Festival attendees can sample regional wines from nine Brandywine Valley area wineries. “Vintners in this region work hard to produce high quality wines. Many people do not realize that there are a number of wineries in this area,” said Karen Cline, executive director of the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail. “This festival provides a chance to taste, learn about and enjoy local wines.”

In addition to local wines, many local foods will be featured. Jonathan Amann, chef at Amani’s BYOB restaurant and three-time winner of Best Chef in Chester County, will be conducting a local wine and cooking demonstration. The Chester County Beekeepers Association will sweeten the day with various types of local honey. Pike Creek Coffee Roasterie will provide a caffeinated lift with their perfectly roasted coffees.

A variety of foods and sweet treats will be available at the festival from both new and returning vendors. Bangles Indian Cuisine of Downingtown, Pa., and Caffe Gelato, a Northern Italian inspired restaurant from Newark, Del., will make their debut at the festival. Annual favorites will be present as well: Sherri’s Crab Cakes, Jimmy’s BBQ, Amani’s BYOB and Forno Inferno gourmet wood-fired pizza are just a sampling of what will be available.

On the sweet side of things, Kilby Cream from Rising Sun, Maryland will be scooping out delicious local ice cream. Thunder Ridge Kettle Corn from Conowingo, Maryland will feature fresh popped kernels in a variety of flavors: caramel, French toast, strawberry and more. Lavinia's Cookies from West Chester and Nomadic Pies of Parkesburg, Pa., will round out the new sweets line-up. Favorite vendors from last year will be on-site as well: Bridge Street Chocolates of Phoenixville, Pa., and Food Network Cupcake Wars Winner, Dia Doce Gourmet Cupcakes.

Local artisans will feature a wide variety of crafts and artwork. Stained glass, original oil paintings, custom jewelry, pottery, custom painted furniture and hand-poured 100% soy candles are just a sampling of what attendees will find.

Music will be provided throughout the day by two local bands. Bushmaster, featuring Gary Brown on guitar and vocals, will delight listeners with funky, guitar-centric, blues-rock music. You can hear the influence of such artists as Funkadelic and Jimi Hendrix in their music. The second act of the afternoon features “Runnin’ Late” a well-known Delaware-based "feel good" classic rock band with influences from both jazz and blues.

The festival location, the Myrick Conservation Center, home of the Brandywine Valley Association, is 318 acres of preserved land, used for trail walking and horseback riding, picnicking, bird watching and star gazing. The Brandywine Valley Association works to provide water protection for the 60 mile Brandywine Creek and environmental education for the public.

Tickets for the Brandywine Food & Wine Festival may be purchased in advance by visiting www.pawinefestival.com or by visiting any Brandywine Valley Wine Trail member winery. Pricing is $15 in advance (ages 21 and over) and $20 at the gate. Persons aged 10 to 20 years old are $5 in advance or at the gate. Under age 10 free. Ample free parking is available and bus groups are welcomed.

More information on visiting Brandywine and the area's many attractions is available at www.brandywinevalley.com.

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