Award-winning bluesman Tim Williams will headline the annual Wine and Blues Fest by the Sea June 13 at the Maritime Heritage Centre.

Fest to feature reds, whites and blues

Award-winning blues guitarist/vocalist Tim Williams to headline fifth annual Wine and Blues Fest by the Sea June 13

Expect an evening of reds, whites and blues as Day Break Rotary presents the fifth annual Wine and Blues Fest by the Sea at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at the Maritime Heritage Centre.

Begun in 2011, the Wine and Blues Fest by the Sea has continued to get bigger and better each year,” event co-coordinator Theresa Marson said.

“We have over 11 winery representatives with wine from regions all over the world,” said Marson. “The wine tasting is complemented by a special selection of cheeses, cold cuts, breads, fruit dishes, spreads etc. all generously provided by Thrifty’s Food and a variety of tasty treats provided by Super Mario’s Bar & Lounge, Rocky Mountain Chocolates, Natural Pastures Cheese, Outlandish Shellfish, and Grieg Seafood.”

The ticket price also includes attendance at wine pairing seminars, samplings of specialty wines, door prizes and a silent auction and, continuing an annual tradition, free taxi service home within the Campbell River area after the event.

Throughout the evening, live entertainment will be provided by blues guitarist/singer Tim Williams, the 2014 International Blues Challenge Award Winner as best Solo Artist.

The U.S.-born, Calgary-based Williams also boasts a string of Maple Blues Award nominations, three JUNO award nominations, and roughly a dozen awards from Real Blues magazine.

Williams was also honoured as Guitarist Of The Year for 2012 by the Calgary Blues Music Association.

His blend of passionate, soulful vocals and awe-inspiring chops on a number of instruments, including finger-style and slide guitar, mandolin and Hawaiian guitar (among others), along with his wry sense of humor and deep knowledge of blues and roots music, continue to win fans everywhere he plays.

This year’s wine representatives include: Mark Anthony Brands, Martin & Peacock, Storied Wines & Spirits, Vibrant Wines, Lone Tree Cellars, 40 Knots Winery, Constellation Brands, Peter Mielzynski Agencies Ltd. (PMA Canada), Southend Farm & Vineyards, Sonoran Estate Winery, Quench! Wines,  Authentic Wine & Spirits Merchants, Blue Moon Winery, and Phillipe Dandurand Wines.

Each representative selects a cross section of wines for tasting, often featuring a new or unique selection to be sampled.

This is a non-profit fundraiser event that will allow the Rotary to continue with its many charitable causes in the community. All proceeds will stay in the community.

The Day Break Rotary Wine and Blues Fest by the Sea takes place from 7-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $55 and may be purchased at The Tidemark Theatre or on-line at Tidemarktheatre.com.

For more information on The Rotary Wine and Blues Fest call 250-287-7465.