Wine Fest Recovery Brunch

Come out to the Famous Toastary to aid your recovering from the Wine Festival! A special Wine Fest menu will be provided. More information provided on website
A memorable feast: the Wine Fest Evening Dinner

A memorable feast: the Wine Fest Evening Dinner

Fine wines are meant to be enjoyed with great meals. That’s why we proudly introduce the first annual Wine Fest Evening Dinner, Friday, April 12, at University Place. Guests will be treated to unique dishes matched with exquisite wines. The menu for this special night has been crafted by Executive Chef Eric Litaker of Suffolk Punch Culinary Café and Taphouse. Under Litaker’s guidance, Suffolk Punch offers an ever-evolving menu pairing locally and sustainably sourced seasonal ingredients with scratch-made processes. Our Wine Fest dinner menu, from the Sautéed Prince Edward Island Mussels to Seared Pekin duck breast, showcases Litaker’s unique culinary touch.   Fine wines for a wonderful meal The wine pairings for our dinner are sure to delight, as well. All come from the renowned Robert Mondavi Winery. Two have earned Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast scores of 90 or higher. The Auros Cabernet was crafted by Mondavi Vineyards winemaker Megan Schofield with hand-selected fruit from four revered Napa Valley sub-appellations: Oak Knoll, Oakville, Rutherford, and Stag’s Leap. Each sip is sure to be memorable!   Reserve your place now The dinner will take place 6:30-9 pm Friday, April 12, lakeside at University Place at 8933 J.M. Keynes Drive Unit 2. Cost per person is $85. Seating is limited. Click here to buy tickets.   Wine Fest Eve Dinner Menu   First Course Bay scallop cevieche, fresh masa tostada, charred pineapple salsa Wine pairing: Mondavi Oakville Fume Blanc 2015   Second Course Sautéed P.E.I. mussels, chorizo, saffron beurre blanc, cilantro oil, charred campagne bread Wine pairing: Mondavi Reserve Chardonnay 2016   Third Course Seared Pekin duck breast, house made...
Taste, Sip & Stroll the night away on April 11!

Taste, Sip & Stroll the night away on April 11!

Get a great start to Wine Fest weekend. Join us lakeside on the University Place boardwalk on April 11 for Taste, Sip & Stroll – a night of tasty restaurant bites, classy wine, crafty brews, lively local arts and the uniquely Carolinas Alternative rock music of Swim in the Wild. Here’s the lineup – all yours for just $15 per person. Get tickets online now. Seven restaurants to savor – What’s your dining pleasure? Carolina seafood, smoked barbecue, Japanese dishes, decadent donuts and much more will be served up all night long by our friends at Boardwalk Billy’s, Famous Toastery, City Barbecue, The Bistro, Love Sushi, Chicken Salad Chick and Uncle D’s Southern Donuts. Beverages – The experts at the Wine Vault will be pouring their favorite wines and craft beers. Your admission price covers the cost of your first two glasses. Get additional beverages for an extra cost. Art to admire and buy – Members of the Charlotte Art League will display their works for your enjoyment and buying pleasure. Get a preview of what’s in store by visiting the Art League’s Facebook page. Sounds by Swim in the Wild – The Taste, Sip & Stroll outdoor stage will rock with Swim in the Wild’s unique blend of rock guitars, banjos and ukulele. Get samples of two very different songs: “Sway,” featuring an electric banjo, and the band’s guitar-driven video, “Love like the Wind”. Get your tickets now Taste, Sip & Stroll will take place 6-9 pm Thursday, April 11, on the boardwalk at the Shoppes at University Place. Tickets are $15 per person (you must be 21...
University City Wine Fest – the best tasting festival in town!

University City Wine Fest – the best tasting festival in town!

Join us April 13 for Charlotte’s most spirit-filled springtime festival – the University City Wine Fest. Spend the afternoon lakeside at University Place sampling and learning about fine wines from two dozen wineries, plus craft beers and spirits! One ticket covers all the beverages you can consume (responsibly) at our event.   Don’t miss 3 new Wine Fest Weekend events at University Place The third annual Wine Fest is better and BIGGER than ever – in fact, three days bigger! Wine Fest Weekend now spans four wine-themed events. Along with our signature Wine Fest on Saturday, the weekend features: Taste, Sip & Stroll – Tasty bites, lively arts, wine and more. 6-9 pm Thursday Wine Fest Evening Dinner – Sumptuous dining and exquisite wines. 6:30-9 pm Friday Wine Fest Sunday Brunch – Lakeside at Famous Toastery. 11 am-2 pm Sunday “We’ve seen an increase in interest and attendance for the University City Wine Fest each year and are thrilled to grow the festival from a one to four-day event,” says Darlene Heater, Executive Director of University City Partners. “The scenic boardwalk with easy access to LYNX makes for a perfect location to host the festival each year. I’m excited for our new partnerships with area restaurants to host a four-course dining experience, brunch and taste, sip and stroll event to create an unforgettable kick-off to spring.” Wine lovers rejoice! A day to remember Saturday’s signature Wine Fest will give guests the rare opportunity to choose from among more than 100 wines from 25 wineries. Tim Wallace of the Wine Vault once again has selected the wines for the event....
Best Wine Fest Yet!

Best Wine Fest Yet!

https://universitycitypartners.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/UC-Wine-Fest-2018.mp4 Play our 2018 Wine Fest Video and enjoy the fun! The second annual Wine Vault University City Wine Fest is now history – and what a great event it was, with more than 1,200 attendees helping raise $20,000 for our libraries while enjoying wine, beer, tasty food and live music lakeside at University Place. “We were thrilled with the response to The Wine Vault University City Wine Fest and loved sharing our long-time appreciation for wine by the lake with many more people this year!” says University City Partners Executive Director Darlene Heater. “The new additions to this year’s festival were hugely popular, and we look forward to continuing to improve and add new features next year as we grow this event for our community,” she adds. “And, of course, we are so appreciative of our sponsors who bring this festival to life.”   Libraries benefit from Wine Fest Proceeds from the Wine Fest will benefit University City Regional Library and Sugar Creek Library. Each library will receive $10,000 to use for programs. Thanks to Everett Blackmon, Circulation Services Manager at the University City Regional Library, for providing the photos in this post. Stay tuned for the third annual Wine Fest. Details to come at UniversityCityWineFest.org.   Many thanks to our sponsors! Thanks again to the many businesses and groups whose support made the second annual University City Wine Fest such a success: Title Sponsor: The Wine Vault  (Watch the video!) Presenting Sponsor: Greystar communities (Watch the video!) Stage Sponsor: UNC Charlotte (Watch the video!) VIP Sponsors: Courtyard by Marriott and Springhill Suites at University Research Park (Watch...