Laurens, S.C. – Main Street Laurens’ Sip & Stroll Wine Tasting is set for this Friday night, April 29, but with music and shops open for business, the annual event is still a Finally Friday that is available for anyone whether or not they want to participate in the wine tasting.
“The music is available for anyone and the restaurants and stores are open, so everyone is welcome to come and bring chairs and listen to the music and take advantage of the food here,” said Main Street Laurens director Jonathan Irick. “Also the Seoul Republic food truck will be here.”
Advance tickets are $22 and are available on Eventbrite.com under “Sip & Stroll Wine Tasting” in Laurens.
“Tickets are online until noon on Friday,” Irick said. “Sales are going well but there will still be tickets available at the Main Street Office Friday evening for $25. That’s where everyone will come to have their ID checked and get a wrist band and a cup. The cups are green this year and sponsored by Cornerstone Investments.”
Sip & Stroll is a fundraiser for Main Street Laurens, which is a non-profit, and bottles of wine will be available downtown for anyone who wants to purchase them.
The event is more than just to assist Main Street, however, Irick said, because its purpose is to encourage business downtown and get people inside the retailers within the Main Street Laurens portion of Downtown Laurens.
“Sip and Stroll highlights area vineyards and wineries and also brings people downtown to shop at retailers where they might have never shopped,” Irick said.
The action downtown will continue the following week, when Main Street Laurens coordinates with the Laurens Family YMCA for the Moving on Main 5K at 9 a.m. on May 7. Following the timed run, which ends in Downtown Laurens, David E and the Band Levelz will entertain while STEAM students from District 55 show off their creations to their families and others who come downtown.
Then on May 14 will be the city’s inaugural one-day music event, Piedmont Blues & Roots Music Festival.
The live music is free on the City of Laurens stage, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. there will be food and handcrafted craft booths.
This story was originally published in the Wednesday, April 27, 2022 issue of The Laurens County Advertiser.