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Brew fest supports firefighters

By: Laura Newell Telegraph staff writer
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The community can enjoy a night filled with wine tasting and dancing alongside their local firefighters. The El Dorado Hills Firefighters’ Association will hold the 39th annual Wine, Cheese and Brew Festival at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the El Dorado Hills Old Golf Course, 3775 El Dorado Hills Blvd., El Dorado Hills. Tickets are $40 per person. El Dorado Hills Fire Chief Dave Roberts said the event has evolved over the years and expanded from just a simple cheese and wine event into this upscale event also adding on live music and microbrew tasting. “This is our biggest fundraiser all year,” Roberts said. “We are expecting about 800 community members to come. Tickets are on sale now online and will be sold at the door.” Sandy Sanders, administrative assistant, said they are expecting many El Dorado County and Amador County Wineries and Breweries to pour including Cielo Estates Winery. Also, 15 to 20 restaurants from El Dorado Hills and Folsom will provide cheeses and specialty food items. Some participants include Raley’s, Nugget Market and Safeway. The event will also include live music by the band “Hip Service,” a silent auction, a classic car show and free local taxi service driving people home safely to El Dorado Hills, Folsom and Cameron Park areas. “We will have three taxis available all night,” Roberts said. “It will be offered for anyone who shouldn’t be driving.” Roberts said the fire department will pay for the taxis from fundraising money to ensure no one will drink and drive. Off duty firefighters, department staff and volunteers will help serve, set up and clean up. “This is the premier event we have all year,” Roberts said. “It gets people together and lets them meet the fire department members and volunteers.” Sanders said some of the 2011 Wine Cheese and Brew sponsors include Bass Lake Golf Course, El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce, Doug Veerkamp General Engineering, El Dorado Hills Savings Bank and Mercedes-Benz of El Dorado Hills. For more information and tickets, call (916) 933-6623 or edhfire.com. * * * Wine, Cheese and Brew Festival When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 Where: El Dorado Hills Old Golf Course, 3775 El Dorado Hills Blvd. Tickets: $40 Info: (916) 933-6623, edhfire.com.