Safe Events For Families (SEFF) and Oklahoma Grape Industry Council are hosting the Shawnee Trails Art, Wine & Brewers Festival on Saturday, June 22 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Historic Downtown Shawnee.
“There will be food trucks, a large tent with wine tasting and craft beer brewers, also for tasting,” Ed Bolt, with SEFF, said. “There will be Jazz and Blues bands all day on our stage, which will be on Broadway, north of Main Street.”
He said vendors will be along Main Street to the east and west of Broadway.
“We will have another large tent with an art show,” he said.
Bolt added the Blue Zones Project will be holding a Food4Life Festival as part of the event at Tom Terry Park, at the northwest corner of Broadway and Main Street.
“The Blue Zones activities kick off at 8 a.m.,” he said.
Food4Life will include Oklahoma food environment experts speaking on topics such as the benefits of and how to follow a plant-based diet, gentle movement classes for adults and youth, intentional opportunities to connect the community with resources and vendors in wellbeing.
There will also be a Savor Shawnee tent that will showcase the growing number of plant-based menu items in Shawnee and it will be within walking distance of the Trails festival.
There will be an art walk and wine tasting as well as other vendors. There will also be live entertainment and food trucks.
In previous years, the Trail Days Festival was spread out over two days during the third weekend in June. According to Bolt, the event previously featured an historic theme and attendees would have the opportunity to dress up in costumes and participate in activities reflecting what it was like to live in Shawnee back in the olden days.
However, since last year, there has been a shift in the theme of the festival. Bolt explained the historic aspect has been completely omitted and the event is only one day rather than two.
"We're not going to have the gunfighters or the dancers. Basically all the Western stuff has been taken out of it," Bolt said.
Bolt explained the changes were made because many members of the community wanted to have a jazz and wine festival and just do something different.
"It was by popular demand," Bolt said.
However, even with the changes, Bolt said SEFF is expecting a large number of attendees and brewers. He said there will be a tent with 10 different wineries where those of age can sample various drinks and another tent with artists.
Tickets in advance for a wrist band allowing those 21 or older to sample various beers and wines during the festival are $15. Drink sampling tickets the day of the festival are $20.
Overall Bolt said SEFF is anticipating a positive turnout and the community is looking forward to something new.
To purchase wine sampling tickets in advance visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shawnee-trails-art-wine-brewers-festival-tickets-56381194671.