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Wine Fest brings hundreds to downtown

Hundreds of wine connoisseurs, shoppers and downtown enthusiasts gathered on Saturday evening for wine and food tasting and shopping at the annual April in Paris Wine Fest.

Fairhaven Vineyards provides a taste to a participant at Olive Paris during the 2014 Paris Wine Fest. (Photo by Josh Allen, eParisExtra)
Fairhaven Vineyards provides a taste to a participant at Olive Paris during the 2014 Paris Wine Fest. (Photo by Josh Allen, eParisExtra)

The event, which was from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., started at the Paris Community Theatre, where participants received a wristband, custom wine glass and sampling tray, custom tote and map of participating tasting locations.

Proceeds from the event will provide funding to Paris Main Street’s Building Improvement Grant, which is a reimbursement program for owners of property in Paris’ Downtown Historical District to make improvements.

The event has sold out every year, which is limited to 350 participants, and this year was no different. Tickets were $35 each and were completely sold out weeks before the event.

People enjoyed a beautiful Saturday night full of shopping, wine tasting and samples of some of the best food Paris has to offer. Wineries from all over Texas came for the event.

Shops included in this year’s Wine Fest were SoHo Shoes and Accessories, Olive Paris, Paris Baby, Green Boutique, Gypsy Chic Boutique, Collegiate Shop, Carriage House, Spanglers, Itsy Bitsy Spider and Paris Optical.

Restaurants providing food samples for the event were Cozy Cappuccino, The Red Bear Mobile Cuisine, Paris Travel Center (Denny’s, Which Wich and Original Fried Pie Shop), Brookshire’s Bakery, Bois d’ Arc, Paris Bakery, A Piece of Cake Bakery, Schlotzsky’s of Paris, Girls and Cake, Time Flies and Fulbelli’s Restaurant.

Participating wineries providing wine for the tasting were Paris Vineyards, Homestead Winery, Fairhaven Vineyards, Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards, Dionisio Winery, Red Road Vineyard and Winery, Enoch Stomp Vineyards and Winery, Grayson Hills Winery, Landon Winery, Maydelle Country Wines and That Guy’s Coffee.

By Josh Allen, eParisExtra

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