Guests can toast Gahanna Parks & Recreation as they enjoy the fourth annual Hops & Vines Festival from 6 to 11 p.m. Sept. 23 at Creekside, 117 Mill St.

The craft beer and wine tasting, hosted by the Gahanna Parks & Recreation Foundation as a fundraiser for the Gahanna parks department, will feature Columbus craft beers, wine and liquor.

Participating vendors will include Kindred Artisan Ales, BrewDog, North High Brewing, Pigskin Brewing Co., Wolf's Ridge Brewing, Lineage Brewing, Elevator Brewing Co., Commonhouse Ales, Seventh Son Brewing Co., Land-Grant Brewing Co., Endeavor Brewing Co., Rockmill Brewing, Camelot Cellars, Somedays Bistro and Wine Bar, European Wine Imports, Middle West Spirits, Watershed Distillery and 451 Spirits.

"We'll have some different silent auction items and we might have some live auction things," said Lee Tucker, foundation chairman. "We'll do a fund-a-need auction.

"Last year, it poured before the event and we still had 600 people. The food was excellent," Tucker said.

This year's event will include live entertainment from JJ Snare and disc jockey Brad Hudson, gourmet tacos provided by Local Cantina and barbecue items from Barrel and Boar.

Tucker anticipates selling out the 750 tickets that are available at gahannahops-andvines.eventbrite.com.

Tickets cost $43 and may be purchased through Sept. 22 online. Designated-driver tickets, at $25, are available for attendees providing safe transportation for other guests.

Admission includes 16 tasting tickets and free food from local restaurants. Vendors will collect one ticket for beer tastings, two tickets for wine or cocktails.

Admission tickets can be purchased at the door for an additional fee.

All attendees must be 21 years of age or older.

"This has become a great event," Tucker said. "People from all over have been coming. I had friends come last year and they keep asking when it's coming up. All the businesses are helping out tremendously,"

He said a few volunteers are still needed.

The event raises funds to help sustain city youth programs such as the Community Scholarship Program for Camp Friendship and Gahanna's Youth Sports program, as well as supporting Gahanna parks. Funds come from a portion of the ticket sales as well as "Fund the Need," which will occur at 9 p.m.

The foundation was established in 2008 to help improve the quality of parks and recreation services for a healthier Gahanna.

Since its inception, the foundation has raised funds and donated more than $225,000 with an additional $74,000 pledged in scholarships, park improvements and community partnerships.

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