Tickets are sold out for the fifth annual Downtown Business and Professional Association Downtown Wine Walk, set for Sept. 15 from 5 to 9:30 p.m.
More than 22 businesses are on tap to serve varieties of wine along with hors d'oeuvres to compliment the wine. This year to help control traffic, the walk will be broken out into two sessions: one starting at 5 p.m. and the other at 7 p.m.
According to Bonny Kemper, president of the association, the wine walk is an event to get people downtown in the evening and to showcase the businesses with the owners not having to worry about their establishments, but rather being able meet new potential customers.
"After much discussion and deliberation, the Wine Walk Committee had overwhelmingly decided to have the Wine Walk this year," Kemper said. "We were especially aware of the fact that many events had been cancelled this summer and that many people look forward to the Wine Walk. We wanted to still offer this fun event again this year, even though many of our businesses and homes were in the flood areas.
"The walks have also proven to be enjoyable evenings with people finding all sorts of new areas, stores and hideaways in Minot's best kept secret," she added. "We want to continue this tradition for years to come."
Kemper also said what is unique about the wine walk is that participants walk away with a memory of each business they visit with a stamp in their passport book they receive as a memento of the event.
Just like Wine Walks of the past, Kemper cautions those who attend this year's wine walk that they must have their ticket to present when they register at Off the Vine and they will then be presented with a passport and a wristband, once their ID is checked. They will show their passport and wristband to each business upon entering.
The funds raised from the wine walk will go toward the restoration and beautification efforts of Downtown Minot. Most recently, some of the funds were used for the beautiful flowers and flower boxes lining the streets of Downtown Minot. Other projects include, repair of benches, restoration of the speakers, purchase of Christmas lights and the rope lights that drape each light pole and new garbage cans.
For more information on the wine walk, see (www.downtownminot.com).