For the past 18 years, the Walnut Street Bridge in downtown Chattanooga has been the site of Wine Over Water. This year's event is set for this Saturday from 5-8 p.m. A portion of proceeds is going directly to help restore the “Jumping Frog” sign – a historic neon sign marking the former Ellis Restaurant in the Southside Neighborhood.
Wine Over Water was created as the annual fundraising event for Cornerstones, Inc., Chattanooga’s only non-profit historic preservation organization. Over the past 18 years, Cornerstones has stepped in to help save more than a dozen significant buildings in Chattanooga including the Central Block Building, the Strong Building, St. John’s Hotel and the Walnut Street Bridge itself.
Featuring nearly 100 wineries with more than 300 different wines, event-goers are able to explore a world of wine from one of Chattanooga’s most significant historical assets.
In addition to an unlimited number of wine tastings, ticket holders will be able to purchase cuisine from several of Chattanooga’s finest restaurants, including Easy Bistro & Bar, St. John’s Restaurant, Bluewater Grille, Riverside FoodWorks, 212 Market Restaurant, Café on the Corner, Enzo’s Market, 1885 Grill, Blacksmith’s, and enjoy live entertainment from Amber Fults and the Ambivalent Lovers, Emily Kate Boyd, The Quote Unquotes, Broke Down Hound and a string trio featuring Rebecca James, Jessica Peck, and Jenny Wilkes throughout the event.
“Wine Over Water celebrates so much of what’s great about Chattanooga – great music, fabulous restaurants and beautiful scenery,” said Cornerstones Executive Director Ann Gray. “People come for the wine, but the atmosphere is what makes it special.”
With more than 3,000 festival-goers last year, Wine Over Water has experienced appeal from wine enthusiasts from all over the country. More than 70 percent of patrons come from out of the Chattanooga Metro area.
“The festival has grown into a huge destination event,” said Ms. Gray. “But we don’t want local Chattanoogans to miss out on this great event benefiting our own city.”
Patrons may purchase tickets online at wineoverwater.org for $70 and if tickets are available on the day of the event, the gate price will be $75.
All ticket sales benefit Cornerstones, Inc, Chattanooga’s only non-profit historic preservation organization. Cornerstones exists to preserve the architectural heritage and urban fabric of downtown Chattanooga. Visit cornerstonesinc.org for more information about its preservation mission.