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Casino to ‘Double Down’ with wine, beer this weekend

(Oct. 8, 2015) The third annual Double Down Wine and Beer Festival will return to the Casino at Ocean Downs, Oct. 9-11.
Local companies Fin City Brewing Co. and Tall Tales Brewing Company will pour samples, while regional, national and international wines will also be available.
“We felt that our customers would really like to sample some good wine and taste some good beer, so we just thought we’d throw this on the schedule and invite the entire public,” organizer Crystal Layton said.
The event will run from 2-7 p.m. throughout the weekend, with live entertainment scheduled from nearly beginning to end, Layton said. Bruder Hill and Sisters, both from Berlin, will have vendor tables.
Held outside under a tent, the event is the last large-scale happening of the year for the casino, Layton said.
“We try to bring new people in the fold and let them take a look at the casino, plus taste some really good wine, eat some cheese, some fruit, some bread and crackers and, of course, we also get our locals that come in,” she said.
Proceeds will go to the shelter Diakonia, where Layton is also the director of marketing.
“I’ve been working with Diakonia for many years and when I started at the casino I told them how Diakonia really needed help,” she said. “This company is really all about the community, and we try to get involved as much as possible.”
Layton said the casino also does a canned food drive for Diakonia each Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas.
Tickets for the Double Down Wine and Beer Festival are $30 at the door.
“We want everybody to feel like [Double Down] is a great deal because it’s $30 to get in, and then we give them back $20 in free play,” Layton said. “They get to sample some really good wine, eat some cheese and get to look at some of our local vendor’s goods.”
For more information, call 410-641-0600.