The Dorking Wine Festival, run by VantagePoint Events, will be working with two local charities at the event on the 22nd and 23rd September. The two charities are PSDS and the Brigitte Trust.

The proceeds from a blind wine tasting and raffle will go directly to the charities. In addition, VantagePoint Events will donate money from every ticket sold.

PSDS is a charity dedicated to helping children with down syndrome reach their full, wonderful potential. They run monthly family meetings, weekly pre-school development groups, after-=school activities and special education days. Please visit www.psds.info for more information.

“We are thrilled to be a partner charity for the VantagePoint Wine Festival and can’t wait to take part. We’re looking forward to raising funds to help PSDS continue helping children with Down syndrome to reach their full, wonderful potential – and we’ll enjoy raising a glass to a successful event for everyone else involved too!”, said Helen Shiers, PSDS Trustee.

The Brigitte Trust is an independent registered charity offering free emotional support and practical help at home to people and their families facing cancer, MND, MS, heart and lung failure and other life-threatening illness. Please visit www.brigittetrust.org for more information.

“The third and best Wine Festival – come to Dorking in September and meet local growers as well as two home-grown Dorking charities! When cancer, MND or any life-threatening illness has been diagnosed a Brigitte Trust volunteer can help.  We are delighted to be one of the local charities adopted by the Dorking Wine Festival this September and look forward to meeting lots of visitors in September“, said Vanessa Smith from the Brigitte Trust.

The Dorking Wine Festival will take place at Dorking Halls on 22nd and 23rd September, with a session on the Friday evening from 7pm-11pm, an afternoon session of the Saturday from 12pm-4pm and a final session of the Saturday evening from 7pm-11pm.

The festival will feature over 140 international wines, including Champagnes, Cavas, Proseccos, English sparkling wines, still wines at various different price points in addition to Port, Madeira and Sherry, all alongside wine experts and producers. In addition, there will be live music, concessions, food, money off-wine vouchers, wine talks and more.

Local wines and producers will also feature with their own special section to celebrate the strength and diversity of wine production in this area. These will include Albury Vineyard (nr Guildford), Blackdown Ridge (Haslemere), and Greyfriars (Puttenham). In addition, there will be a local gin bar and local beer and cider will be available for non-wine drinkers.

At the event, a tasting measure of wine costs a minimum of one token, with some of the more expensive wines costing up to three tokens. Extra tokens will be available to purchase on the day. Entry to each festival is just £10 per session if booked in advance, with wine tokens also available at a reduced price when booked together. Group rates will also be available for parties and larger bookings.

Tickets are available to buy online at www.vantagepointevents.co.uk or via Dorking Halls.

Steve Page, one of the organisers, said: “We are delighted to be working with such great local charities as PSDS and the Brigitte Trust for our first Dorking Wine Festival. At our last wine event, we raised over £1,500 for charity and we hope that we will exceed this amount in September. We urge as many people as possible to come along and not only taste some great international and local wines but also help support these two brilliant community organisations”.

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