Enjoying the food and wine of the Brandywine

The Brandywine Food & Wine Festival is being presented by the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail on Saturday at the Myrick Conservation Center. The event, which is scheduled to run from noon-6 p.m., will feature local wines, foods, crafts and music. There will be 15 wineries participating in SaturdayŪs festival with free tastings of local Pennsylvania wines and sales of wine by the glass or the bottle.

No matter how crowded the areaís activity and entertainment schedule may be, there is always room for more -- especially if itís a top-flight festival with a focus on food, wine, crafts and music.

The Brandywine Food & Wine Festival fits that description. The festival is being presented by the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail on Saturday at the Myrick Conservation Center in West Chester.

The event, which is scheduled to run from noon-6 p.m., will feature local wines, foods, crafts and music. There will be 15 wineries participating in Saturdayís festival with free tastings of local Pennsylvania wines and sales of wine by the glass or the bottle.

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Six Chester County wineries are participating in the inaugural staging of the event -- Black Walnut Winery, Chaddsford Winery, Kreutz Creek Vineyard, Paradocx Vineyard, Patone Cellars and Twin Brook Winery.

The roster of other wineries that will be set up at the festival includes Allegro Vineyards, Flickerwood Cellars, Galer Estate Vineyard, Grace Winery, Karamoor Estate Winery, Kog Hill Winery, Peace Valley Winery, Borderland Vineyard and Penns Woods Winery.

Gourmet food offerings will be available for purchase from a number of local restaurants and caterers, including Amaniís BYOB, Forno Inferno, FreshaPeel Hummus, Jimmyís BBQ, Marleyís BYOB, Muse and Sherriís Crab Cakes.

Sweets and treats will be served by Bridge Street Chocolates, Dia Doce Gourmet Cupcakes, Scooped Ice Cream and Saint Peterís Bakery and the list of those offering ďprovisionsí includes Pike Creek Coffee, Three Belle Cheese, The Mushroom Cap, Taste of Olive and Yellow Springs Farm.

Jonathan Amann of Amainís BYOB will be presenting a live cooking demonstration featuring local wines and foods and Victor Ykoruk will conduct two wine seminars. There will also be a coffee demonstration and a honey bee demonstration.

Artisans from around the area will have sales booths featuring a wide array of crafts and artwork, including paintings, pottery, jewelry and custom-designed items.

Live entertainment will be provided by a pair of local bands -- Amy Ash & the Volcanoes from noon-2:30 p.m. and the Big Package Band from 3:30-6 p.m. As an added charity attraction, a live auction will be conducted with proceeds to benefit the Chester County SPCA.

What: Brandywine Food & Wine Festival

When: June 9, noon-6 p.m.

Where: Myrick Conservation Center, West Chester

Tickets: $10, advance; $15, day of the event

Information: 610-444-3842 or www.bvwinetrail.com.