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DEADWOOD | The fifth annual Forks, Corks & Kegs food and wine festival is set for April 6-7.

A release from the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce says event organizers expect it to sell out for the third year in a row.

This year's event starts at 5 p.m. on April 6, with Wine Around Deadwood, a two-hour wine tasting tour of the town. New this year, there will be VIP passes, which will get attendees into a special wine tasting in the Charlie Utter Theater at the Deadwood Social Club.

After the wine tastings, festival attendees can join the Appetizer Crawl from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., which showcases local chefs' bite-sized creations, each paired with a wine or brew.

On April 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. is the Deadwood Dine Around. Chefs around Deadwood will prepare samples of their favorite meals paired with wine, beer and cocktails.

At 4 p.m., the Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center hosts the Grand Tasting. Sample dozens of top choices from participating wineries, breweries and distilleries in a special commemorative glass. VIP pass holders gain early admittance into the Reserved Room at the Grand Tasting.

At 6 p.m. the Deadwood Tobacco Co. will host a $2 Cigar Tasting for guests to sample one of their specialties. Samples must be smoked on-site.

Tickets are only available as a two-day festival pass, and are available at 559-1188 or ticketmaster.com.

A $75 standard pass includes admission to all of the Friday and Saturday events, the commemorative wine glass and free trolley rides around Deadwood to participating locations.

VIP passes are $115 and include all the perks of the standard ticket plus two high-end wine tastings.

Pass holders must stop by the Deadwood Mountain Grand to pick up their festival lanyard and official event guide during registration hours, which are from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 6 and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 7.

Curiouser and curiouser ...

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The National Players Touring Theater is back in Spearfish for the third straight year.

On this visit, the group will present Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland,” at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 8. 

A precocious girl falls into a fantastic world of extravagant characters where little makes sense. In this 21st-century staging, cameras, projection and puppets help tell the story of Alice’s journey through Wonderland.

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Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for ages 18 and under and for Black Hills State University students. They are available at the Matthews’ art gallery from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, by phone at 642-7973, or online at www.matthewsopera.com.

The theater troupe will also perform William Shakespeare’s “Othello” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10.

Ye olde banquet awaits

For those weary of the modern world, take a trip back to olden times with a Medieval Banquet Dinner on April 7 at the Naked Winery, 23851 Hwy 85, Hill City. 

Festivities start at 6 p.m. and include belly dancers, tarot card readings, games, minstrels and a magician. 

The four-course meal includes a banquet table, roasted fowl, herb-roasted potatoes, "freshly harvested legumes," and "The King's Confection" for dessert.

Tickets are $20, and are available at nakedwinerysd.com/events/; click on the green "Tickets" button. 

Contact Candy DenOuden at candy.denouden@rapidcityjournal.com

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