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Forest Grove uncorks festivities

Event, now in its third year, stressed local drink, food and talent
by: Photo courtesy of Brenda Somes Bertony Faustin, of Abbey Creek Vineyard, had a steady stream of vinophiles at his tasting table during last Saturday’s Forest Grove UnCorked festival on Main Street.

By 8:45 Saturday morning, Main Street was bustling, as a bevy of volunteers began preparing to host the third annual Forest Grove Uncorked festival, celebrating local wine, brew, food and talent, sponsored by the City Club of Forest Grove.

Neither the sagging economy nor the soaring mercury deterred the crew, led by project manager Dawn Houser, as they set up booths, tables and chairs.

Their efforts soon enabled local wine makers, breweries and restaurants to share their unique offerings and community spirit.

In all, 21 local vineyards and breweries and eight food vendors participated in what organizers described as a delightful, daylong experience, as a steady stream of attendees, from Forest Grove and beyond, enjoyed a street party thrown in their honor.

The live music showcased the best of Forest Grove's young talent as 'What the Funk' took the stage and delivered its unique blend of original funk, bluesy hip-hop and classic rhythm and blues with a youthful exuberance that set the tone for the evening.

The Andy Harrison Band followed with an original set of indie-pop tunes and reinforced the fun and positive vibe.

In addition to wine, generosity also flowed, in the form of a raffle for a wine barrel full of donations for a raffle that helped fund Forest Grove Police Department's efforts to protect our youth from threats on the internet.

As the music faded and the crowds dispersed for the evening, the event volunteers again displayed their tireless spirit as they returned Main Street to its familiar small town charm.

City Club officials stressed that the event was a true community effort, involving sponsors, participants and volunteer, who made this year's Forest Grove Uncorked a 'local delight.'

More spirits will flow this Saturday

A celebration of music, food, art and other things that bring us together along the shores of the Pacific is planned for this Saturday, Aug. 27, as SakéOne hosts a Pacific Rim Festival at its facilities just south of Forest Grove.

From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., enjoy the flavors of Japan, Hawaii and the Northwest as well as games and fun for the family.

Details are available at www.sakeone.com or 503- 357-7056 ext 235.