Rocky Fork Enterprise

Parks and recreation benefit Sept. 20

Creekside Hops & Vines Fest brewing in Gahanna

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Central Ohio residents can try a variety of wines and beers at the Creekside Hops & Vines Fest from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, and benefit the Gahanna Parks & Recreation Foundation.

Foundation chairman Lee Tucker said the fest would feature a beer-garden atmosphere, though wine is in the mix, at the fundraiser to be held at Creekside Park & Plaza, 1117 Mill St.

"It will be a festive atmosphere, and we'll have live music," Tucker said.

The craft-beer and wine-tasting event cost is $40 per ticket before Sept. 18 and $50 on Sept. 19 and at the door.

Each ticket covers 15 tastings and food catered from Local Cantina, including gourmet tacos.

As of Aug. 27, participating businesses that had committed to the festival were North High Brewing, Wolf Ridge Brewing, Elevator Brewing, Smokehouse Brewing, Maumee Bay Brewing, Yuengling Oktoberfest, Griffin Ciders, Camelot Cellars and J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines.

Tucker said Pigskin Brewing, which is moving to Creekside, would be at the festival but wouldn't be brewing until October.

Tucker said the foundation changed the annual fundraiser event in an effort to attract a younger audience.

"We can get more people outside of Gahanna to visit Creekside," he said. "People will travel when they can get beer and wine tasting. More people will be able to find out about Creekside."

The event will include the unveiling of a new art piece to be displayed at Creekside.

"We will have a silent auction and some live-auction items," Tucker said. "We'll auction off the sponsor/naming rights of the art piece."

The band, Martini Affair, a pop and rock party group, will entertain.

Festival contributions will help sustain such programs as the community scholarship program for Camp Friendship and Gahanna's youth sports program, as well as endowments for such programs as the foundation's public-art initiative.

With community support, the foundation has spent $20,000 over the past five years to send youth to camp.

The foundation also has donated $25,000 to community art projects, including a historical mural and four art pieces in the Creekside district.

It also has donated $10,000 to community parks and recreation projects such as community gardens and the Creekside Live music series.

To register for the festival, go online to gahannaprf.org.

The Gahanna Parks & Recreation Foundation is a nonprofit organization that educates Gahanna residents, businesses and the surrounding community about the importance of parks and recreation services and promotes programs and facilities.

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