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Atlanta — By Linda Erbele on March 12, 2010 at 7:08 pm
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Taste the Cork and Keg Festival in Helen

Put April 10 on your calendar to try some beer and wine and attend a new festival in Helen. The Cork and Keg festival will feature tastes of craft-brewed beers from some of the country’s best independent brewers (among them Georgia’s own Sweetwater Brewing and Terrapin) plus tastes of award-winning wines from local Georgia vineyards. In addition, some of the finer local restaurants will have food for sale.

It will be in Helen’s Festhalle, (see map) located on the banks of the Chattahoochee River. Music will be provided by the very popular local Kip Dockery Trio. Attendees will have a choice of either a beer-tasting glass (provided by Sweetwater Brewing) or a wine-tasting glass (courtesy of the Winegrowers of White) plus a meal ticket. Additional food will be available for purchase. Among the restaurants are the Vines, the Nacoochee Grill and the Nacoochee Village Tavern — all excellent restaurants.

It runs from 2 – 6 pm and attendance is limited to the first 400 tickets holders. There is an early bird price of $25 (this is a deal!) through March 31, after which prices go up to $35. Call 706-878-3300 for tickets, or check the website. Participating motels are listed there as well, some of whom may offer the $25 ticket price up until the day of the event. If you’ve not been to the pretty little village of Helen, it’s a fun place, all dressed up in its Alpine finery. It’s very pedestrian friendly, most of the motels and shops are within walking distance. If you plan to drive, be sure to bring a designated driver.

This event is sponsored by the Sautee Nacoochee Community Association, a non-profit organization committed to preserving and protecting the natural and historic resources of the area and dedicated to nurturing creativity. (See my post about Sautee Nacoochee here.)

(Photo by riebschlager @ flickr)

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