Forest Grove UnCorked returns to Main Street
Forecasters say it'll be hot and dry all week, but it'll be pouring on Main Street in Forest Grove on Saturday night, Aug. 20.
The downtown area plays host to ForestGrove UnCorked, a festival for not only wine but whiskey, cider, beer and sake.
This year proceeds from the event will go to the Dauntless Veteran Foundation, founded by Ben Martin, a former marine and owner of Dauntless Wine Co. with a tasting room on Main Street. The nonprofit helps veterans funding and training to start their own farms.
"We've expanded a little bit. This year, we're going to be on Main Street and 21st (Avenue)," said Dawn Houser, board president of the Forest Grove UnCorked nonprofit.
Houser said that a portion of the event's gate sales and all of its raffle sales will go toward charity. "A couple" of UnCorked's vendors will also be donating a share of their profits, she added.
Vendors will be selling food and crafts while four musical acts entertain.
The event runs from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
Houser said around 800 people attended last year's UnCorked block party, and she is expecting over 1,000 this year.
"Exposure is a big part of it. It's a great way to get people who haven't been out to your vineyard or maybe haven't heard of you to taste your wine," said Rob Verant, chief financial officer at Elk Cove Vineyards in Gaston. "We have a little bit of an established customer base, but these events are amazing for new brands."
Verant has poured wine at the festival for a decade.
"It's also really a chance to have some fun with your customers," he added. "We tend to be very generous at these events, make sure we get wine in as many glasses as possible."
Verant said he might be recommending a dry white riesling.
Admission is $15 online or at the gate. No dogs are allowed.
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