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Enjoy food and drink from over 40 vendors at the White River Conference Center on October 22.

Taste, sip and savor for a good cause with Ozarks Public Television (OPT) and Brown Derby Wine Center.

The 33rd annual celebration of wine and food will benefit children’s programming on OPT.

The event is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on October 22 at White River Conference Center in Springfield. Tickets will be available on line and at the door.

“We are thrilled to be back this year with the support of so many generous community partners,” said OPT Executive Director Rachel Knight. “Brown Derby Wine Center has been our partner from the very beginning and will help us organize this popular event.”

Celebration Highlights

You can sample samples of the region’s finest restaurants, as well as wine from around the world, craft beer and cocktails from an elite roster of vendors.

Participating food vendors include:

  • Archie’s Italian restaurant.
  • Italian dinner Avanzare.
  • Bambino’s Cafe.
  • Derby Deli from Brown Derby.
  • D’Vine Deli & Wine.
  • Dublin pass.
  • that of Houlihan.
  • Jimm Grill Restaurant and Pub.
  • Mexican grills from Los Cabos.
  • Bakery and coffee mill next door.
  • Retro subway.
  • White River Conference Center.

Participating beverage vendors include:

  • AI Bottling, LLC/Truman Reserve and Crave Cocktails.
  • Bacardi United States.
  • Bommarito wines and spirits.
  • Classic wines and spirits.
  • DogMaster Distillery.
  • Wine FitVine.
  • Great Escapes Beer Works.
  • Hahn family wines.
  • Hold Quick Brew.
  • Lohr Wines & Spirits.
  • Pinnacle Imports.
  • Riboli/Stella Rosa family wines.
  • Romanian wines.
  • St. James Winery and Public House Brewing Company.
  • Show me the brew.
  • Southern Glazer Wines and Spirits.
  • Springfield Brewery.
  • The ethics of coffee.
  • Integrity.

Guests can also enjoy a photo booth, wine raffle, raffle, and musical entertainment by DJ Platinum.

The OPT thanks its community partner Easter law firm for sponsoring the event.


Tickets can be purchased on line or at the Brown Derby Wine Center at 2023 S. Glenstone in Springfield.

A limited number of Gold Tickets are available for $100. Gold tickets include early admission at 1 p.m., valet parking, reserved seating, and a commemorative glass of wine.

Silver tickets for general admission can be purchased in advance for $40. They will also be available at the door for $60.

About Ozarks Public Television

OPT is a subsidiary of Audience Broadcast service (PBS). It offers quality programs from national, regional and local sources.

Every weekday, OPT offers 10 hours of educational programming for children. More than 50,000 children watch these programs each week on its main service in addition to a 24/7 digital children’s channel.

“Families activate the OPT knowing they will find the highest quality children’s programming with content designed to engage, teach and respect children.” said Knight. “It’s such an important part of what public television brings to our communities.

“We are very grateful to the station members, event attendees and sponsors who help us do this.”

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