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10th annual Safety Harbor Wine Festival is downtown Saturday

SAFETY HARBOR — Wine lovers, celebrate the season of plenty in Safety Harbor as more than 100 types of wines are ready for sipping.

The 10th annual Safety Harbor Wine Festival is from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

On Main Street, 6-ounce wine samples can be purchased for $3 or $5 a glass.

"The wines come from all over: California, Spain, Italy and Germany," said Joe Cooper, special events supervisor for the city. "Ed's Fine Wines pulls it all together for us."

Last year's event offered a Safe Ride Home program for those under the influence. It was free for Safety Harbor residents.

This year it won't be offered.

"It wasn't utilized," Cooper said. "This kind of event isn't a drunk-fest. People come to sample different kinds of wine and enjoy the entertainment."

Those who overindulge can call cabs at the information booth.

Local restaurants will offer food, and nearly 100 vendors will sell a variety of merchandise. Main Street shops and businesses will be open. Champagne and chocolate tastings — solid and fondue-style — also will be showcased.

Event proceeds benefit the Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center, Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Magic Beans Village and the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch.

"In the nine previous years, we've raised $258,000 for organizations," Cooper said. "That's helped a lot of people."

Entertainment includes jazz, blues and rock on three stages: the gazebo at John Wilson Park, a stage at Main Street and Seventh Avenue, and one at Main and Fifth Avenue.

For some really unique sounds, mosey on over to the gazebo at 9 p.m. That's when the Ray Olan Band will perform a Latin-Salsa Beatles tribute.

You may be singing, "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, cha-cha-cha," all the way home.


Safety Harbor Wine Festival

When: Saturday from

5 to 11 p.m.

Where: Downtown Safety Harbor on Main Street, between Bayshore Boulevard and Eighth Avenue

Admission and parking: Free

Info: safety or (727) 724-1572

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