Picture yourself kicking back in a lawn chair near Veterans Memorial Fountain, glass of wine in hand to wash down a roast beef and roasted pepper panini while listening to the jazz stylings of Anita Rosamond.
Belleville’s 8th annual Wine, Dine & Jazz Festival can take you there Friday and Saturday on Belleville’s Public Square. The event, organized by Art on the Square and the city of Belleville, will include seven top St. Louis area jazz bands, seven gourmet food trucks, wine from Illinois wineries and a selection of craft beers.
Admission is free and it’s open seating. Festivalgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Drink tokens can be purchased onsite. Four wine-tasting tokens cost $5; one glass of wine is $5; beer also is $5. A souvenir Wine, Dine & Jazz glass can be purchased for $5.
If you prefer, you can reserve a table for 10 in the Wine Garden with concierge service. Tables are $200, which includes two keepsake wine carafes, an ice bucket and access to the facilities in nearby the Art on the Square building. Bottles of wine are available for purchase, with two complimentary corkings per table. Additional corkings or carafes are $5. You can request a table at winedinejazz.com.
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Jazz headliners: Vocalist Anita Rosamond will perform with Vince Martin from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Friday. The Soul Cafe Jazz Group will take the stage from 8:45 to 10 p.m. Saturday.
Food trucks: The Cheese Shack (specialty grilled cheese sandwiches, deep-fried macaroni and cheese balls); Le Camion Bistro (pan bagnet, nicoise salad, sandwiches including Pork Asado con Arepa); Seoul Taco (tacos, quesadillas, burritos and Gogi bowls); Steamroller Bagel and Deli (steamed bagels with veggies, turkey, ham, roast beef or salami); Wing Nutz (chicken wings and tenders; chicken tender salad); Antone’s (German food); and MK’s Rolls & Wraps (egg rolls, spring rolls, crab rangoon).
Illinois wines: You can purchase wines from Hidden Lake Winery in Aviston, Jo-Al Winery in Mascoutah, Lau-Nae Winery in Red Bud, Plainview Winery, Springer’s Creek Winery in Edwardsville, Von Jakob Winery in Alto Pass and Grappa Growlers in Belleville.
Beer: Grey Eagle Distributors will provide Goose Island IPA, 312 Urban Wheat, Urban Chestnut Zwickel, Shock Top Lemon Shandy, Bud Light and Michelob Ultra for purchase.
At a glance
What: Wine, Dine & Jazz Festival
When: 5-10 p.m. Friday, 4-10 p.m. Saturday
Where: Belleville’s Public Square
5-6:15 p.m. Jim Manley, trumpet and flugelhorn.
6:45-8 p.m. Usual Suspects.
8:30-10 p.m. Anita Rosamond featuring Vince Martin.
4-5 p.m. Jim Stevens band.
5:30-6:30 p.m. The Dawn Weber Group.
7-8:15 p.m. Kingdom Brothers Blues Band.
8:45-10 p.m. Soul Cafe Jazz Band.