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Guests will enjoy an assortment of food from new festival participants The Allegro Grill and Schmooze deli, and beverages from Miller’s Ale House, as well as returning favorites Annemarie’s Cuisine, Bravo Cucina ,WDOiDnR, CDIé LD FRnWDnD, .iWFKHn Bar, Trader Joe’s, The Drake Tavern, Anne’s Cake Pan, Rita’s Water Ice and more.
“This is a nice way to discover new restaurants and dishes and help bring new business to [the local] restaurants,” said Rosemary Hinkle, who is in charge of publicity for the event.
To make it a star-studded shindig, guests will have the opportunity to walk the red carpet into the festival, while greeted by adoring fans.
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Guests will also have the opportunity to take photos with “stars of the big screen.” There will be people walking around wearing costume heads of Burt Reynolds, Sylvester Stallone, Marilyn Monroe, Jack Nicholson and George Burns, Hinkle said.
Festival attendees will also be able to participate in a variety of activities like the Best-Dressed Stars contest for those who dress up as their favorite celebrity.
“We are really hoping that the community will catch the spirit of our theme and help us make this year’s event especially memorable by coming in character,” Myers said in a press release. “We work hard to plan a truly exciting evening for the community, so we are excited to see guests participate in a fun way.”
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The festival will also honor the founding efforts and ongoing support of recently retired Chief of Montgomery County Detectives Oscar P. Vance, Jr.
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