MIDLOTHIAN — The Midlothian Chamber of Commerce is ready to uncork its 2017 Wine and Arts Festival in Downtown Midlothian.

“This spring, we have a couple of new things that are exciting," explained Cammy Jackson, President of the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce. "We not only have 15 wineries that people can get tastings from but we also have a ‘sweets alley’ where people can get tastings of cake or cookies from Doolee’s Baking Co. or Jane Dough Bake House.

"[...] The festival itself is free, and people can enjoy the shopping with the vendors or inside the businesses, or enjoy the music. All of that is for free."

In keeping the classics while mixing a new brew of festival fun, Jackson assures an enjoyable evening of food, music, and, of course, wine from across the state.

From 50 vendors that include everything from boutique accessories to beard oils and grooming kits, to skin care and makeup, Jackson said husbands may have to guard their wallets against the shopping frenzy.

“We have several new businesses that will be represented, and the Tiny House will also be there, and it's always a big draw. People love to go through the Tiny House,” Jackson included.

She also emphasized the diverse, local musical lineup split between two separate stages for Saturday’s event. The streets will be blocked off to ensure the safety of the patrons.

“We’ll have bands that include Ninth Street Band, Midnight Train, Shades of Gray, and so much more on that stage. And then behind Woodrow's Coffee Shop, we’re going to have four other artists as well,” Jackson affirmed. “We encourage people to bring their lawn chairs so they can sit in the street and listen to the band while they’re not shopping around."

In addition to the music and shopping venues, the “Wine Walk” is sure to be a continued crowd-pleaser.

“If people want to participate in the ‘Wine Walk,’ those tickets are $25, and with that, they get the 15 tasting coupons, plus a commemorative wine glass and tote, and a couple of goodies from the sponsors,” Jackson explained.

Sponsored by Leasing Impressions, Earth Tones, Access Self Storage, The UPS Store, and Re Max - the notable list goes on, as Jackson guarantees an impressive evening the whole community can enjoy.

“This event will happen rain or shine because there’s plenty to do. Plus, the rain never hurt anybody,” Jackson laughed. “It’s a fun festival and a great family event. The music is appropriate for all ages, the sweets and food trucks are out there – it’s just a great way to spend time with your family and have fun."

The Midlothian Wine and Arts Festival will be held Saturday, April 29 from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. on North Eighth Street. For more information, connect with the Chamber of Commerce at midlothianchamber.org or call (972) 723-8600.

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Chelsea Groomer, @ChelseaGroomer

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