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After three successful years of Joycat Events producing the Lancaster Craft Beerfest came the idea to start a new celebration of another go-to alcoholic beverage for any party – a nice glass of wine. That idea turned into the creation of the SIP Wine in the Park, which is back for a second year after a very successful inaugural event.

“I have a restaurant and wine background, and we’d always done the beer festival,” said Chris Trendler, one of the three founders of Joycat events. “We wanted to find a way to put in my passion for wine into an event and we did just that.”

This year’s SIP Wine in the Park will be held Saturday, June 18, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Musser Park on the corner of East Chestnut and North Lime Streets in Downtown Lancaster. Tickets are limited to maintain an intimate experience and are $70 per person for wine drinkers, and $20 for designated drivers. They can be purchased online at www.sipwineinthepark.com/tickets/. All attendees must be 21 and over to enter.

Since everyone who attended last year was completely thrilled with the first event, Trendler says the event will just keep building off of last year.

“We’re just going to add some new wines and keep things interesting, so we’re doing that. We’ll have 40 new wines for the event, which puts us as 100 wines for the whole day,” he said. “We’ll also have lots of sparkling wines and white wines. Red wasn’t as popular last year since it was a warm day. So the white wines should keep things interesting.”

This year’s festival features wines that will take you around the world, including the Napa Valley, the Pacific West Coast, Southern France, Tuscany, South Africa, Chile, Argentina and much more. Trendler wants everyone in attendance to expand their taste buds.

“We’re going to be representing some wines that are unknowns. I want people to approach it to find their favorite wine of the next year,” he said. “People can discover new tastes and branch out from there for the next year. Everyone can expect to find a wine they’ve never had before, or quite a few of them.”

Specific wines can be viewed at www.sipwineinthepark.com/winelist/.

Besides the large amount of wines, gourmet food will also be available, along with fruit and cheese.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit A Week Away Foundation, based in Lancaster, which helps coordinate and finance respite weeks for families who are battling a life-threatening illness, looking to provide hope needed to continue the grueling fight.

“They really give these families support to help them through what they’re going through,” Trendler said. “What we found is that everyone is involved with them in the community, so we wanted to align ourselves with them.”

For more information, follow SIP Wine in the Park on Facebook, and during the event, be sure to use the hashtag #SIPLancaster.

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