People will tell you to drink local for a lot of reasons. But one of the best is that you can hear about why and how something was made, often times from the very person who made it, while you’re drinking it. And this gets at the soul of CRAFT — the celebration of handmade goods and artisan eats and drinks that we’re throwing with Chick Events — at Crown Center Square on October 3-4.
As part of that festival, we approached three local craft makers, who all agreed to not only sponsor the event, but design special seminars and tastings for folks who attend. While you’re there, you can dive into the winemaking process with Amigoni Urban Winery, meet a distiller from Dark Horse Distillery and try cookies and beer pairings courtesy of the Boulevard Brewing Company.
“Sharing not only Amigoni wine, but the Amigoni story and our passion for winemaking is really exciting,” Hilary Hedges, Amigoni’s director of sales and marketing,” says. “The format of these seminars allows us to have some great interaction with the people of Kansas City, and we’re excited to be a part of it.”
Amigoni will be offering a Grape to Glass Seminar — a private tasting with small sessions (12, 2, 4, 6 p.m. Saturday & 11 and 1 Sunday) — that will be a unique look into a Kansas City winery while attendees get to sample four wines.
“We’ll take them through the process from grape to bottle, talk about how and why Michael and Kerry [Amigoni] decided to open an urban winery and sample some of our favorite selections,” Hedges says. “It will really be a one-of-a-kind experience.”
Tickets for the Amigoni seminar are $20 (that also includes a general admission ticket), as are tickets to the Meet the Distiller tasting with Dark Horse Distillery.
“We love doing tastings in a setting like this. It gives us the chance to talk to people about how each spirit is made and the different processes for each,” Damian Garcia, Dark Horse’s director of sales and marketing, says. “A tasting like this is one of the best ways to try each spirit. Tasting side by side, you can really pick-up the different nuances from the grains to the end result of the barrel aging.”
While you chat and get to ask questions, you’ll also be sampling five different products from the Lenexa Distillery. This is a great way for those new to whiskey to immerse themselves in the spirit and those who are fans to get to know dedicated local craftsmen. The Dark Horse seminars are at 1, 3, 5 and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and 12 and 2 p.m. Sunday.
For craft beer fans, we’ve put together a series of cookies and beer tastings in the Cookies & Beer garden. The week following CRAFT will mark the release of the cookbook of the same name from Andrews McMeel Publishing and author Jonathan Bender will give a brief talk along with a member of Boulevard’s team about how you can put together.
The talk will be brief to allow you to dive into the three pairings we’ve assembled. Those will feature a 4-ounce pour of Boulevard beer and the right cookie to go with it. Tickets are $15 (which gets you a flight and a general admission ticket) and extremely limited. There will be three sessions: 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
Come get a drink and have a chat. It’s the best.