Fine wine and quality beer were the order of the evening Thursday, Sept. 22, at a new event hosted by the Blount County Partnership’s Volunteers in Progress members. The VIP program is a partnership between the Blount County Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Board of Blount County.
The ticketed event was open to the public with the intent of honoring those who are involved in the VIP program. Held at Vision Engineering, the first-time event was a wine and beer tasting held prior to Taste of Blount.
Bryan Daniels, president and CEO of the Blount Partnership, said the beer garden and wine tasting was a tremendous success. “We had a lot of Chamber VIP members who attended, and we look forward to doing it again next year,” he said.
Daniels said the organizers were excited about the success of the tasting. “We think it sets us up to be an even bigger event next year,” he said of both the tasting and the new venue for Taste of Blount at Theater in the Park on the Blount Greenbelt.
Kathy DeLozier, director of Partnership Programs, said about 60 people turned out for the wine and beer tasting. “We’re hoping to do it again next year. It wasn’t really a fundraising event, but rather a way to acknowledge our VIP members and others in the community who might like to be a part of it.”
Smoky Mountain Brewery provided the beverages and James Tomiczek, president of Vision Engineering and Development Services, Inc., provided the music. “It went great. It was such a fun event, and we were happy to do it,” he said.
Tomiczek may lose his turn as maestro, however, as some of the music he downloaded for the event included polka tunes.
“We had some great polka music,” Tomiczek said. “I was in control of music, and we had great polka.”