5K Run for Wine added to up­com­ing ninth an­nual Taste of Kutz­town.

Wine, beer, food and crafts fes­ti­val ben­e­fits Ro­tary Club projects, char­i­ties, Potato Project

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Kutz­town Ro­tary’s 9th an­nual Taste of Kutz­town wine, beer, food and crafts fes­ti­val will fea­ture some sig­nif­i­cant changes when it takes place June 9 in Kutz­town Park from noon to 5 p.m.

This year’s event will fea­ture a 5K Run for the Wine, spon­sored by lo­cal Kutz­town busi­ness Tommy Boys Pizza and Cafe, which will start the morn­ing of the fes­ti­val and will wind through the streets of Kutz­town. All ages are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate. A cus­tom la­beled bot­tle of wine will be pre­sented to the win­ners of each age bracket over 21 and the top three men and women over­all will win cash awards. Par­tic­i­pants are in­vited to en­joy the fes­ti­val at no cost. Those who wish to par­tic­i­pate in wine tast­ing may pur­chase their tick­ets at a re­duced rate.

This year, lo­cal and area craft ven­dors will of­fer wares that are hand made by them­selves. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of fac­tory produced items will not be in­cluded.

“This fes­ti­val was founded to show off lo­cally produced wines and beer,” said Jim Springer, pro­pri­etor of Dun­kle­berger’s Jewel­ers, Ro­tar­ian and fes­ti­val co­or­di­na­tor, “since we have ex­panded into crafts and food, it only makes sense to show off what our neigh­bors are do­ing.”

Tick­ets are for sale in ad­vance, $25 un­til June 8, and $35 at the gate. Vip tick­ets ($50) will en­ti­tle ticket hold­ers to at­tend a sem­i­nar by Wine Liv­ing! Marc Sup­sic. The sem­i­nar will fea­ture four wine and four food pair­ings cu­rated by “The Rebel Som­me­lier” him­self. By way of a blind tast­ing (the wines are not re­vealed un­til af­ter­ward), you’ll learn the story in­side each bot­tle, sen­sory eval­u­a­tion ba­sics, and get easy food pair­ing tips that you can ap­ply at home. Tick­ets for the event may be pur­chased at Dunkel­berger’s Jew­elry or on­line at tas­te­ofkutz­town.com.

A por­tion of the Run for the Wine pro­ceeds will go to­wards The Potato Project while the pro­ceeds from the Taste of Kuz­town will ben­e­fit lo­cal and global projects of the Kutz­town Ro­tary Club which in­clude do­na­tions to lo­cal char­i­ties, The Potato Project, Shel­terBoxes for disas­ter vic­tims, po­lio erad­i­ca­tion and wa- ter sus­tain­abil­ity projects in In­dia & Do­mini­can Repub­lic .

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Kutz­town Ro­tary’s 9th an­nual Taste of Kutz­town wine, beer, food and crafts fes­ti­val takes place noon to 5 p.m. on June 9 in Kutz­town Park.

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Lo­cal and re­gional winer­ies will of­fer a taste at Kutz­town Ro­tary’s 9th an­nual Taste of Kutz­town wine, beer, food and crafts fes­ti­val.

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Crowds will once again fill Kutz­town Park for Kutz­town Ro­tary’s 9th an­nual Taste of Kutz­town on June 9.

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