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Quick Bite: Amateur winemaking, brewing contest being planned

The inaugural Bottlecaps & Corks event will have amateur winemakers and brewers being judged and serving the public.

Posted on Jan. 31, 2014 at 1:09 p.m.

A new event will give people a chance to taste homebrew and homemade wine while helping Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Andrew Hicks, a board member for BBBS, had the idea of creating an event to benefit the mentoring agency. The planning has come together and tickets are on sale for the amateur beer and wine competition.

Homebrewers and vintners are invited to register by Feb. 26. Judging will happen sometime that week and a showcase is planned from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at Christiana Creek Country Club, 116 W. Bristol St., Elkhart. The cost is $40 and includes a souvenir glass, food item and tasting.

Stephanie Patka, executive director of the agency, said entries are already coming in from competitors. 

You can purchase tickets or enter the competition via the Big Brothers Big Sisters website, www.bbbs.org.

She made it clear that children won't be at the event, but the proceeds from it will help benefit those who need mentors. "We seek to share the mission of serving kids with all types of people," she said.

(In full disclosure, I was at the initial planning meeting for the event and will likely be a judge for it.)

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