Simon Kenton Inn’s Kenton Hall will be the site of the Second Annual Wine and Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, April 14. CONTRIBUTED

Wine and beer festival returns to Simon Kenton Inn in Springfield

Raise your glass, then raise it again and again. There will be a lot of pouring from bottles and kegs ahead.

At least 50 wines, several craft beers and a variety of hot and cold foods will be aplenty when Simon Kenton Inn and Heidelberg Distributing present the Second Annual Wine and Craft Beer Festival, 4-8 p.m. Saturday, April 14 at Simon Kenton Inn’s Kenton Hall.

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After a year’s hiatus, Simon Kenton Inn owner Theresa Siejack was eager to team up with Heidelberg again to offer a vast selection of adult beverages again. The intent was to offer it in Kenton Hall, which was newly enclosed to accommodate whatever the weather may bring.

“We have a nice selection, and we can do this rain or shine,” Siejack said.

Guests will receive a wine glass that can be used multiple times to partake in whichever drinks are to their liking.

The wines will include varieties of white, red and sparkling, and feature products from Ohio locations such as The Winery at Versailles to Napa Valley and imported wine from 19 Crimes brand in Australia.

The beer variety will offer several craft blends with brands such as Rhinegeist, Deschutes, Royal Docks and Springfield’s own Mother Stewart’s, along with several others.

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While the main focus will be on the beverages, those won’t be the only highlight.

A buffet will feature hot and cold foods such as brisket, chicken wings and a special dish — seafood stew, a French bouillabaisse to complement the drinks, along with French bread.

With plenty of drinks and food, everything will be rounded out by live entertainment. The Pleasant Street Blues Band will perform.

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Tickets cost $49 each and are limited, so guests should purchase in advance if possible. If not sold out prior to the event, a few tickets may be sold for $55 at the door. Attendees can call (937) 399-9950 to make a reservation.

“It’s a great value with more selections as a lot of other festivals like this charge more,” Siejack said.

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