Drink the wine and walk the Walk

 - by julie

Today’s blogger is Shelley from the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau. She writes about the last Art & Wine Walk she attended in June. The next one is this Saturday, July 21, at 1 p.m.

Who doesn’t enjoy sipping flavorful wines on a beautiful summer day…especially when you’re able to view wonderful works of art and do some shopping at the same time?  If that sounds like fun to you, too, make sure and check out the next Art & Wine Walk on July 21.

This distinctive event happens every year, June through October, on the third Saturday of each month.  It runs from 1 to 5 p.m. and takes place solely in Greater Grand Forks’ beautiful downtown district.  To begin, simply head to one of the starting points – the Blue Moose Bar & Grill or GuestHouse Inn – and purchase a wristband and map of participating businesses.  The cost is just $15, which is quite a deal considering you get four hours of great entertainment and wine, of course!

I’ve always considered myself more of a sassy white girl (at least when it comes to my wine choices) so I preferred locations serving the fruitier whites.  The GuestHouse offered a Funf sweet German wine that was probably my favorite.   Although, to my surprise, I discovered several reds I’d definitely try again.  Make sure to pick up a pencil and artist/venue sheet at the starting points so you can write down any wines you’d like to purchase in the future.

When it came to the art part of the Walk, there was no problem finding some amazing purchases.  In fact, I bet you’ll be very impressed by just how many talented artists reside in our region.  Another terrific aspect is the wide variety of mediums represented: painting; photography; pottery and even jewelry.  You may want to bring a little “extra spending money” in the event you come across that uniquely perfect item for yourself or someone special.

Want to see more of the fun? Check out the Art & Wine Walk video!

A fun and culture-filled day ended at 5 p.m. with a wrap-up party at the Empire Arts Center.  Fresh fruit, an assortment of cheese and a delicious sparkling wine were served.  Several prize packages were also given away.  Even though my name wasn’t picked, I definitely went home feeling like a winner!

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