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New festival ‘uncorks’ wines, brews

Southern Indiana Uncorked, a festival aimed at fans of local wines and brews, will take place Saturday in the merchant’s building at the Harrison County Fairgrounds, and organizer Nathan Blank, owner of Cellar on the Square, is excited.
Blank said this first festival has been a year in the making, but seeing it come to fruition will be incredibly rewarding.
‘It will be something very different for Corydon,’ he said.
The festival will have nine Indiana wineries, including local wineries Turtle Run, Best Vineyards and Indian Creek. Four brewing companies will also have booths set up to showcase their particular brews. All vendors will compete for best booth, tasters’ choice and best label.
‘(I’m) looking forward to a successful event,’ Blank said. ‘It’s the big picture, at this point.’
A $10 admission ticket will buy a souvenir tasting glass and 25 sample tickets. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Old Capitol Business Association. For the under-21 crowd, or those not participating in the tastings, a $5 cover will be charged for admission. Children under the age of 12 will be admitted free.
Besides having the opportunity to taste local concoctions, patrons can also watch live demonstrations, browse vendor booths and hear several local musicians perform during the day. Performers include Gary Woods, who will play six- and 12-string guitars, and Joe and Dave will play acoustic folk/rock.
Blank said the wine-making and brew-making communities have been very receptive to this festival and were open to participating.
‘It was progressive,’ he said. ‘Once one person was on board, it snowballed.’
Blank hopes, along with having fun during the festival, attendants will use their time as an opportunity to learn about the products.
‘They can learn processes of wine-making, brew-making,’ he said, ‘learning the different things they enjoy, local wines and local microbrews. And they can find out what products are available in the Kentuckiana area.’
Southern Indiana Uncorked, sponsored by the Harrison County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Cellar on the Square, and Magdalena’s Restaurant and Caf’ on the Square, will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Harrison County Fairgrounds in Corydon.
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