Thu, April 09

Pecan & Wine Festival

Staff photo by Dean H. Borgwardt

CAMP VERDE Mayor Mitch Dickinson prepares early for the annual Pecan/Wine & Antique Festival.

This unique hometown event is all about the tastes and sounds of Arizona’s best, a festival that showcases regional wineries, locally grown pecans and collectors galore.

When you arrive, take time to sample some of Arizona’s fantastic wines brought to you especially by Kokopelli, Fort Bowie, Charron, Oak Creek and the Village of Elgin Wineries. Next savor the wonderful tastes of kinds of pecan foods, and “yes” even wonderful homemade pecan pies.

While you are sipping and munching, I guarantee you that you’ll get lost in all the booths brimming to the ceiling with antiques and collectibles. Enjoy upbeat music, demonstrations by blacksmiths and spinners and seminars on growing and caring for pecan trees and grapevines.

If you want to get started, you can even buy your own trees and vines this year. And on both Saturday and Sunday, you can take a hayride trip to nearby Summerplace Farm at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. to learn more about operating a pecan farm from owner and expert, Dr. Richard Tinlin.

Parks and Recreation Assistant Lynda Moore said that more space has been added this year to expand the already 30-35 antique/collectible displays. And for the first time, there will be master gardener seminars on both Saturday (10 a.m. and 1 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. and 3 p.m.). The bluegrass sounds of past years has been replaced, she added, with continuous jazz music throughout the weekend. Check out the lineup:

Friday: Dos Geckos (noon) and the Bobby Cottonwood Jazz Trio (2:30 p.m.).

Saturday: Dos Geckos (9:30 a.m.), Midlife Crisis (noon) and Jack Webb New Orleans Jazz Band (2:30 p.m.).

Sunday: Jim Defresne (10 a.m.), Bel Canto (11 a.m.), Midlife Crisis (12:30 p.m.) and the Bobby Cottonwood Jazz Quartet (3 p.m.).

So mark your calendar and don’t miss this terrific event.

The Camp Verde Pecan/Wine & Antique Festival is Feb. 13-15, downtown Camp Verde, Community Center Gym (Hollamon and Main Streets). Hours are: Friday, noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is $3 to see all the antique displays or $6 for antiques, wine glass and six tasting tickets.

Call the sponsoring Parks and Recreation Department with questions at 567-0535, Ext. 136.

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