Tinley Park Brew & Vine Festival keeps growing
By Mike Nolan firstname.lastname@example.org April 7, 2013 9:50PM
The Tinley Park Brew and Vine Festival, featuring a selection of wines and beer, will be held April 13 at the Tinley Park Convention Center. | Fie photo
Updated: May 9, 2013 6:02AM
Four years ago, at the inaugural Tinley Park Brew & Vine Festival, organizers weren’t quite sure how the celebration of beer, wine and food would be received.
Officials with the Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce optimistically expected about 800 people to attend. They were pleasantly surprised, and a bit overwhelmed, when nearly 2,000 came out.
“Attendance grows every year,” Tammy Shoemaker, co-chairman of the festival, said, noting that about 2,800 people came through the doors last year.
Organizers also have boosted the amount of space devoted to the event, which now is spread over the entire main exhibition hall at the Tinley Park Convention Center, 18501 Convention Center Drive. This year’s Brew & Vine Festival will be held from 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the center.
The event supports chamber activities, including its scholarship program, as well as Tinley Wish, a nonprofit organization that helps families in need. More vendors have lined up for this year’s festival, which will feature 10 beer vendors, eight vintners and 10 food vendors.
Former White Sox player Frank Thomas, who at last year’s festival introduced his Big Hurt Beer, will return this year, said Tom McNulty, co-chair of the event with Shoemaker.
Live entertainment will be provided by The Hat Guys, and a glass blower will convert empty beer and wine bottles into beer and wine glasses, McNulty said.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.tinleyparkbrewandvinefest.com; at the chamber office, 17316 Oak Park Ave.; or at the convention center the day of the festival. The chamber office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Pre-admission tickets cost $25 and will be sold online until midnight April 10. Tickets at the door are $30. The admission price includes a commemorative wine or beer glass as well as 12 tasting tickets for beer, wine, food or soft drinks.
This year, the chamber is also selling commemorative T-shirts designed by students at the Illinois Institute of Art’s Tinley Park campus. The shirts cost $18, but you’ll score five additional tasting tickets. Shirts can be ordered in advance and picked up at the festival by contacting the chamber at (708) 532-5700 or emailing email@example.com. They can also be purchased the day of the event.
Also new this year, McNulty said, will be paintings and other artwork from Garden Gallery & Studio in Tinley Park, which provides an artistic outlet for clients served by Garden Center Services. Based in Burbank, the agency provides residential and vocational services for adults with developmental disabilities.