Illinois Wine and Art Festival comes to Whittington


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Illinois Wine and Art Festival comes to Whittington
Leah Williams
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The long-standing event showcasing the finest wines and spectacular artists returns for another year offering some of the best Southern Illinois has to deliver.

The Illinois Wine and Art Festival holds its 18th annual event on Saturday, Sept. 23, and Sunday, Sept. 24. The celebration is located near Whittington on the grounds adjacent to the Southern Illinois Art and Artisan Center near the Golf Ball water tower.

Because the region is home to many talented artisans and wineries, the festival provides a place for thousands of travelers to sample different adult beverages and peruse through the booths various vendors on the festival grounds.

Jack Griggs, co-owner and marketing official of Pheasant Hill Winery in Whittington, said the outdoor festival began several years ago at the Southern Illinois Art and Artisan Center. When state budget woes could no longer pay for the festival promotions, a nonprofit organization was formed in 2014 to allow continued promotion and production of the event.

The budget impasse also forced the closure of the Artisan Center, but Griggs said the interest to continue the festival remained. So organizers decided to continue hosting the festival on the field near the center.

This year’s festival features an impressive 11 vendors and about 20 artisans. There are also four food vendors — Birdie’s Sports Grille at the Rend Lake Golf Course, Burton’s Cafe in Whittington, the Jack Russell Fish Co. in Benton and Uncle Joe’s BBQ in Ina.

Griggs said the purpose of the festival is to showcase some of the best Southern Illinois has to offer in eats, wines and spirits and also in art.

“We try to do as much local as we can,” Griggs said.

Griggs said the festival also includes a variety of music on its schedule, which begins on Saturday at about 11 a.m. with rhythm and blues singer Debbie Ross.

The midafternoon features Dennis Stroughmatt and Swing ‘N’ Country. Griggs said while Stroughmatt is known for playing with Creole Stomp, the other band provides an opportunity to hear a different musical side.

“It’s a good chance to hear his voice, that you don’t really get to with the Cajun music,” Griggs said.

Sunday is a day for rock n’ roll, with Carbondale-based band The Venturis who will perform a set of oldies at noon. Daniel Day concludes the day with classic rock tunes at 3 p.m.

Griggs said the different music is to ensure there is a variety of tastes represented.

“We try to plan it that way so that there’s something for everyone,” he said.

The entry fee into the festival includes sample tastings to all the wineries and a complimentary glass. Griggs said the festival has an atmosphere and an array of the products that keeps people coming back year after year.

“I think it’s a combination of the quality of the wineries and also the artists,” he said. “We have several representing everywhere from Effingham south.”

Griggs also said the event also attracts people from all over the area.

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“We get people from St. Louis and Paducah, who come down for an afternoon and eat for a while,” he said. “It’s a nice relaxing way to spend the weekend.”

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