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Event coordinator caters to locals of all walks with first-ever Dana Point Food, Wine & Music Festival
By Andrea Papagianis
The first-ever Dana Point Food, Wine & Music Festival drew large crowds to Sea Terrace Park on Sunday afternoon for a day celebrating local flavors, brews and other fermented concoctions under the Southern California sun.
Local event coordinator, EventWerks, which works closely with the city on the Concerts in the Park series, put on the day’s happenings, touting more than 125 artisan vendors and restaurants, over 50 beers and wines for tasting and six bands on two stages.
EventWerks founder Forrest Melton said the company strived to make the event an eclectic mix with a little something for everyone. And from a zone dedicated to kids to specialty cocktails for adults and music from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s to street artists and local crafters, Melton said his staff accomplished just that.
“We are doing this to assist the local business scene to give people exposure,” Melton said.
Dana Point’s own Shwack Beach Grill was on hand and served more than 1,000 cheeseburger sliders before the event’s halfway mark at 4 p.m. The Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support group had nearly 50 volunteers serving beer and wine, with a portion of the event’s proceeds going straight to the organization to assist Marines and their families.
Over the next few weeks, the partnership between EventWerks and the city of Dana Point will be seen, with the city’s annual Chili Cook Off & County Jamboree on Saturday, August 17 and the California Celtic Classic World Highland Games & Festival on Saturday and Sunday, August 24 and 25.
Additionally, the city’s free summer concerts continue next Sunday, August 18 with a Jimmy Buffet tribute by Garratt Wilkin & The Parrotheads and again on Sunday, August 25 with L.A.vation, a nod to U2.