Twenty Valley Winter WineFest ran rain or wine

Two women stand under a tent holding on to wine glasses, the one on the left also holding an umbrella.
Elsbeth Carpenter and Wendy Staff attempt to stay dry during Saturday’s heavy rainfall.

Photos and story by Tristan Marks

A little rain could not stop wine lovers at this year’s Winter WineFest in Jordan Village, which ran from Friday Jan. 10 – Sunday Jan. 12.

Festival-goers came out to enjoy vendors offering Lincoln’s local wines, beer, spirits and culinary offerings. Some even braved it on Saturday despite the near constant downpour that day.

The festival also featured its popular events including the barrel roll, the ice puck slapshot challenge, the chef’s black box challenge and more.

A man smileswhile pointing away from the camera and resting his other hand on the top of a wine barrel.
Malivoire winemaker, Shiraz Mottiar, prepares for his attempt at the
barrel roll.
A woman holds a trophy high above her head.
Yvonne Irvine of Creekside Winery was once again champion of the Barrel Roll on Saturday.
A woman shows off a green sweater jacket she's wearing along with the black armless shirt underneath it while on stage.
Lisa Osborne shows off some fashion from Arezzo at Saturday’s fashion show.
A man looks at a container full of poutine that he holds in his hand.
Brian Rooney gets a poutine from Bench Brewery’s tent.
A young boy swings his hockey stick to hit a puck made out of ice.
Matheson D’Aprile prepares to fire an ice puck into the net at Sunday’s Slapshot Challenge.
Four women pose together on a bench made to look like a sleigh.
Friends (L-R) Sue Deary, Shannon Blaire, Debi Anderson and Marney Smieszek were among the fest-goers on Sunday.

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