A variety of tastes will be available during the inaugural Enderbeer and Wine Festival in Enderby July 18.

A variety of tastes will be available during the inaugural Enderbeer and Wine Festival in Enderby July 18.

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The Enderbeer and Wine Festival takes place at Enderby’s Lions Gazebo July 18.

An inaugural event will serve up the best wine and beer in a classic Shuswap setting.

The Enderbeer and Wine Festival takes place at Enderby’s Lions Gazebo, just steps away from the Shuswap River, July 18.

“It’s an excellent location, with the Cliffs in the background,” said Craig Bell, with the Enderby Fire Department.

“It will be a beautiful summer evening.”

The goal of the event is to showcase Enderby and bring the North Okanagan community together.

“We have 11 different breweries, wineries and cideries that have agreed to participate,” said Bell.

“People will get to sample the offerings present.”

Tickets to attend are $25 each and that includes a souvenir glass. Samples will be $2 per drink.

On top of this, the Enderby Lions Club will host a hog roast and the Enderby Preschool will provide beef on the bun, corn on the cob and salads. There will also be a cheese vendor and homemade desserts.

Adding to the festivities will be performer Matt Blais from Calgary.

“They are a really good blues/rock band,” said Bell.

“It promises to be a good time for everyone.”

Funds raised will help the fire department purchase new self-contained breathing apparatus.

The total price tag is $150,000 and Bell is confident the  festival will help move the firefighters closer to that goal.

All of the fun gets underway July 18 at 6 p.m. and for those attending from outside of Enderby, local campsites and hotels are available.

“The event seems to be really popular. Ticket sales are picking up,” said Bell.

Tickets for the Enderbeer and Wine Festival  are available at www.ticketseller.ca/1035 or in Enderby at Gilberts Auto Parts, Autowear Accessories, and at the Ashton Creek Store.

For more information, go to www.enderbeerandwinefestival.com or check out Facebook.