Tickets are now available for the second annual West Alabama Food and Wine Festival, which will be held Thursday, May 8, 2014, at the Cypress Inn Pavilion. The event will highlight local food and drinks while supporting the West Alabama community. The event is a great opportunity to sample signature cuisine of West Alabama restaurants, all while supporting the American Red Cross of West Alabama.

“We are excited to bring back the festival for a second year,” said Peter Schmidt, Hotel Capstone director of food and beverage, who spearheaded the development of the festival. “We got great feedback about last year’s event and will have even more restaurants for guests to try. Where else in Tuscaloosa can you sample specialties from multiple area restaurants, taste local beer, and try new wines all in one evening?”

The festival will be held at the Cypress Inn Pavilion on Thursday, May 8, from 6:30 until 9 p.m. A limited number of tickets are now available from the American Red Cross West Alabama Chapter, Hudson-Poole Jewelers and Spirits Wine Cellar at the Shops of Lake Tuscaloosa. Tickets can also be bought online at westalabamafoodandwine.org. Tickets are $55 each or $100 per couple and must be purchased in advance. Admission includes a 2014 souvenir wine glass. All proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross West Alabama Chapter’s disaster relief services.

Guests will be able to savor the flavor by tasting food from Cypress Inn, DePalma’s Italian Café, Jim ‘N Nick’s, Epiphany, Evangeline’s, Hotel Capstone, Kozy’s Restaurant, La Casa Crimson, Mary’s Cakes and Pastries, Taziki’s Mediterranean Café, Tin Top Restaurant and Oyster Bar, Walnut Hill Designs and Wintzell’s Oyster House. Spirits Wine Cellar will provide wine pairings from Alabama Crown, Grassroots Wines, International Wines, MBC United/Johnson Brothers and Pinnacle Imports. Druid City Brewery will offer beer.

The festival has already seen support from the West Alabama community through sponsorships. Presenting sponsors are BF Goodrich Tires, Townsend Automotive Group and The Tuscaloosa News. Additional sponsors are the Cypress Inn Pavilion, Hudson-Poole Jewelers, Sanford Restaurant Equipment, Special Events: A Game Day Tents Company and Spirits Wine Cellar.

For ticket information and additional details, go to westalabamafoodandwine.org.

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