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Toast Nebraska Wine Festival Set for May 1-2 at Mahoney State Park

LINCOLN — Sample any of the more than 120 Nebraska wines while listening to local bands perform May 1-2 at the second annual Toast Nebraska Wine Festival at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park.

The festival, which will highlight 19 Nebraska wineries, also will include more than 22 artisan and food vendors, in addition to wine and chef demonstration sessions.

Area bands performing that weekend include Tony from the Beaten Path, Ro Hemple, Bottle Tops, Belles and Whistles, and Avaricious.

Guests can enjoy a variety of wine sessions that include: Wine Styles, Food and Friends; Cheese and Wine Pairings; Chocolate and Wine Pairings; Basement Wine Making; and Wine 101. Chef demonstrations include a wasabi and ginger pancrepe topped with a sesame-encrusted sheared ahi, as well as a flambe presentation.

Tickets range from $25-$65. A portion of proceeds will go to support the mission of the Heartland Big Brothers and Big Sisters programs. A daily state park entry permit is included in the cost of a ticket. More information is available at ToastNebraska.com.

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About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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