MIDWEST CITY — Oklahoma has plenty to offer when it comes to locally made food and beverages, and both will be showcased at the Oklahoma Wine, Beer and Food Festival in Midwest City.
The event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 19 at the Reed Conference Center at the Sheraton Midwest City, 5750 Will Rogers Road near Interstate 40 and Sooner Road.
Wine from eight Oklahoma wineries and beer from six Oklahoma breweries will be available. Those who don't drink will find plenty of Oklahoma-made food to enjoy.
There will be a car show in the Reed Center parking lot, a grilled cheese cook-off and live music. There also will be a children's play area, Wine and Palette art class and a cooking demonstration from Sheraton Hotel executive chef Chad Striplin.
Made in Oklahoma products have become increasingly popular in recent years. They are found at most grocery stores throughout the state.
Organizers Melanie Voice and Susan MacQuarrie of the Midwest City Convention and Visitors Bureau hope to tap into that.
“The number of products available has progressively increased,” Voice said. “There have been a lot of buy local initiatives lately. People like to help support their local businesses, which helps sustain their home state. It's something to celebrate.”
Tasting tokens can be bought at the event and include 10 wine or beer samples and a commemorative glass for $15. Some of the proceeds will go to the Ronald McDonald House.
“We have tried to come up with a little something for everyone,” MacQuarrie said. “There will be plenty of tables and chairs and air conditioning if it is hot. In reality, people can come out and listen to the music and not purchase anything and have a great Oklahoma kind of day.”
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