At wine festival, drink grapes to crush cancer

For many area residents, the Dilworthtown Inn Wine Festival has become a much-anticipated rite of fall, following the weekend of Chester County Day, another beloved October ritual.

Guests at the 2014 Dilworthtown Inn Wine Festival enjoy the refreshments and camaraderie.

Guests at the 2014 Dilworthtown Inn Wine Festival enjoy the refreshments and camaraderie.

On Sunday, Oct. 11, more than 1,500 grape aficionados are expected to gather to help crush cancer at the 24th Annual Dilworthtown Inn Wine Festival. Held on the grounds of the historic restaurant in Birmingham Township, the festival will run from noon to 4 p.m. Although it is a rain-or-shine event, early forecasts suggest that umbrellas won’t be needed.

Offerings at the festival will include more than 100 wines, craft beers, hard cider, a silent auction, shopping opportunities in the Gallery of Artisan Vendors, live music, a Performance Car Show, and lots of camaraderie.

Proceeds from the festival benefit patients of the Cancer Program of Chester County Hospital and Neighborhood Health. The latter supplements the treatment available through the hospital’s Penn Cancer Network with home health, hospice, private duty, and Senior HealthLink services.

General admission tickets - $40 in advance, $45 at the door  - include wine, beer, and cider tastings and activities. Cuisine prepared by Dilworthtown’s acclaimed chefs will be available for purchase from the Gourmet Food Tent. This year, food trucks have been added to the culinary offerings.

VIP tickets are available for $100 and include food as well as admission to the VIP tent, which will feature reserved seating, fruit and cheese, special wines, and more.

To help participants enjoy the day responsibly, a $200 designated driver package is also available. It includes five general admission tickets and one designated driver ticket. The latter, which will include lunch and a non-alcoholic beverage, will allow access to the Performance Car Show, shopping gallery, and other entertainment.

Each year, the Brandywine and Greystone Women’s Auxiliaries to the hospital organize the annual Wine Festival. To attend, volunteer, sponsor, donate, or receive more information, visit or call 610-431-5328. The Dilworthtown Inn is located at 1390 Old Wilmington Pike, West Chester, 19382.



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