DEADWOOD | This year's Forks, Corks & Kegs food and wine festival is almost here.
The fifth-annual festival is set for April 6-7. A news release from the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce says event organizers expect it to sell out for the third year in a row — so get your tickets now.
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.