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Wine and Chocolate 2016

Owner Kalish Morrow serves up a glass of wine at the Soaking Tub during the annual Wine & Chocolate event in downtown Hanford last year.

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HANFORD — Indulgence takes precedence in downtown Hanford tonight as Main Street Hanford hosts the 17th Annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting.

The event has 25 downtown shops staying open late to pour wine and tempt your taste buds with rich chocolates from 6 to 9 p.m.

“We invite adults to mix and mingle with all of downtown Hanford’s amazing businesses and people while enjoying a divine pairing of wine and chocolate,” said Michelle Brown, interim director of Main Street Hanford.

Ticket holders will start their tasting journey at FAST Café, located at 312 W. Seventh St., while listening to the holiday sounds of the Mighty Oak Chorus. Brown said FAST Café will even offer an early dinner at 5 p.m.

“We all look forward to this night every year to kick off the spirit of the season,” Brown said. “With 25 participating businesses, you just might have trouble deciding which stores to visit first.”

Tickets will be redeemed on the night of the event between 5:45-7 p.m. for a Main Street Hanford wine glass and eight tasting tickets. Brown said ticket sales will go back into supporting downtown Hanford.

A map of downtown will guide attendees to various businesses for a variety of fine wines and delectable chocolates. An extensive list of special wines has been selected for this event.

Brown said she was excited to announce two new businesses will be participating this year: Driskell’s Appliance and Porches Garden Shop.

She said because Porches is a little farther distance than some of the other downtown businesses, Main Street has hired a horse-drawn wagon to give people free rides. Brown also said Freddie the Fire Truck will be driving around offering rides so that people don’t have to walk as much.

There will also be performances from Reprise Quartet, an all-female a cappella group from Fresno, Brown said.

“We haven’t changed much since this started, so we’re excited about these new changes,” Brown said.

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