The crowd was good, but the weather was a little hot.
Still, those who turned out for the Escalon Chamber of Commerce Wine and Brew Stroll on Saturday, Sept. 14 generally agreed it was a good time for all.
Officials noted an incident with some disruptive patrons – who likely will not be allowed to return next year – but other than that the event enjoyed favorable reviews. The adult only event was hosted along a portion of Main Street from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and featured more than two dozen wineries, breweries, food vendors and the Tri-Tipery food truck.
“Kudos to the Chamber,” said Escalon City Councilman Walt Murken, commenting on the event during Monday night’s council meeting. “It’s a great event, they sold 400 tickets and it seemed even bigger this year, there were more wineries, more breweries, more food.”
Tickets for the stroll were priced at $25 in advance or $30 at the event. ACE Hardware representatives were once again on site with barbecues and a Traeger Grill to make food samples. There were also some games, prize drawings, a photo booth and music by the duo Reflections.
Mayor Robert Swift echoed Murken’s thoughts, noting that the Chamber of Commerce is working well together as a group to put on a number of fun events for residents.
“The wine stroll was excellent,” added councilman and Mayor Pro Tem Ed Alves. “The product was wonderful.”
Many businesses offered food to go along with the wines and beers being poured and the music by Reflections provided a soothing background for those spending some time strolling and sipping along the street, adjacent to the city’s Main Street Park.