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Online Beer and Wine: 50 craft beers, wines to pour at Montclair Village festival
OAKLAND — Where can you drink a local craft beer and power a stage with bicycles? Guests will have the opportunity to do just that from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday when the Montclair Village Association hosts its fifth annual Beer and Wine Celebration at 2000 Mountain Blvd.
Visitors will be able to sample from more than 50 different craft beers and wines from around the world and will also be treated to a number of live music performances by local artists. They will also have the chance to power the stage the musicians play on by way of a 10-person bicycle. There will also be a smaller bicycle-powered smoothie machine.
Daniel Swafford, executive director of the Montclair Village Association, said the event is one of Montclair Village’s most attended summer events.
“It’s an opportunity just to show off a lot of the great talent that’s in the greater Bay Area in beer making and wine making,” Swafford said. “It’s a nice tradition to continue the idea that we want to bring community together and celebrate the good work going on in many of the small businesses that are participating.”
This year, in addition to local wines and beers from local breweries such as Ale Industries, Drake’s Brewing and Lucky Devil, local Montclair restaurants such as Pearl and Flavors of India will also showcase their wines and beers. The event is free to the public, but those interested in trying beers and wines will need to buy a $30 tasting package.
All proceeds from tasting packages will go toward the Montclair Village Association’s community improvement projects, such as the Antioch Court Improvement project, public art installations, safety programs and future events.
Winter Williams, entertainment coordinator for the event, said she hopes the festival will offer something for everyone — especially with the new component of biking.
“It’s perfect because there are a lot of cyclists that are not only from the hills, but they ride through the hills, so to have a pedal-powered event just seems to fit really well,” Williams said. “It’s very family-friendly, so even if folks aren’t drinkers, the music alone and the bicyce
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