CHARLESTON, W.Va. - FestivALL is an event based on art, and the organization's board is showcasing an art form that is pleasing to the palate during its first ever fundraiser.
Board members announced that it would hold a fundraising event dubbed "FeastivALL," at Berry Hills Country Club in Charleston on Feb. 23.
Beers and fine wine will be paired with five different dinner courses prepared by two noted area chefs during the event.
Guests will then vote on whether they prefer to have the beer with the course or the wine, said Ashley Showen, a FestivALL board member who is responsible for organizing the fundraiser.
The winning alcoholic beverage will be announced by the end of the evening, Showen said.
"This is a creative way to show a different side of a different art - food and beverages pairings," she said.
The idea for the dinner came from a brainstorming session where FestivALL board members were attempting to come up with ways to raise money for the popular Charleston arts festival, Showen said.
Charleston and other sponsors have provided much support to the local festival, which has been held in the city for the past eight years.
However, with an expanding lineup of events during FestivALL, along with last year's addition of FestivALL Fall means the organization's budget continues to expand, Showen said.
The board members plan on holding one fundraiser for FestivALL every year, said Larry Groce, FestivALL executive director.
"We're just looking to the future to see what kinds of different ways we can raise money," Groce said. "And this is a good way to get together with people that are involved with FestivALL."
Groce confirmed that FestivALL would again be holding the fall event in 2013. A date for the fall festival has not yet been finalized, he said.
"But we'll have it on a weekend close to Halloween just like we did last year," Groce said.
The idea for the February fundraiser came from local beer enthusiast and blogger Rich Ireland, Groce said.