Since 2000, the Downtown Sheridan Association has had the opportunity to wine and dine our community members for a night during our annual Wine Fest event. This year the event is scheduled for Friday, March 2.
VIP ticket holders will be able to have an exclusive look at the wine and beer vendors beginning at 5 p.m. General admission attendees can fill their glass starting at 6 p.m. and a sophisticated spread of hors d’oeuvres will be available throughout the evening. This year we are implementing a theme — “Wine to the Nines” — and invite anyone who is looking to have a fine time to purchase tickets and join us.
Wine Fest is the most important event of the year for the Downtown Sheridan Association. Many of our downtown initiatives are funded with the revenue we collect from the ticket sales and sponsorships of this event. A successful Wine Fest means a successful year in general for our organization. With the dollars collected at Wine Fest, we reinvest in downtown events and projects including the Third Thursday Street Festival, Sheridan Farmers Market, and the vibrant flower baskets that line either side of our Main Street and Grinnell Plaza to name a few. The ongoing efforts and support that our community shows by attending our promoted events, especially Wine Fest, are what helps to keep our downtown buzzing and thriving.
The Wine Fest will feature over 100 different wines and beers from across Wyoming and Montana. With so many participating vintners and brewers, we can guarantee that there will be something for everyone who attends. Vendors are given the option to participate in a category for our “Best of Show” award that will be presented the night of the event. This is truly a peoples choice award and will go to the vendor who receives the most votes from the guests who attend and are able to sample the offerings. Additionally, there will be a number of destination packages and hand-painted wine glasses decorated by local artists that will be available for bidding.
We really do our best to make this a one-of-a-kind event for the year and enjoy putting on an exciting evening for everyone. Tickets for the Wine Fest are available on our website www.downtownsheridan.org. Current pricing is $55 for each general admission ticket through the month of January. February pricing will be $60. VIP tickets are also available for $75 each and include an exclusive tasting from 5-6 p.m. on the night of the event, plus special hors d’oeuvres and raffle items.
Any of our DSA events would certainly not be possible without the continued support from our members and sponsors each year. We have three levels of sponsorship for this event and appreciate each and every business and individual who chooses to be involved.
Our office is a nationally recognized Main Street Program affiliate, and putting on these great events is just one piece of the puzzle. If you are interested in becoming a member of our organization, learning more about sponsorships or volunteering, or would just like to learn more about our organization, contact us at (307) 672-8881.
Rockie Hiser is with the Downtown Sheridan Association.