Raise your glasses for the next big wine event in Wichita, Decant ICT

The American Institute of Wine and Food Wichita Chapter is celebrating its 30th anniversary with an extraordinary event — Decant ICT — from 2-5 p.m., Sunday, June 5 at Prairie Hill Vineyard located at 3660 North 215th St. West, Colwich.

“Decant ICT will feature top shelf wines, spirits and beer from our distributor partners who helped make AIWF the success that continues today,” said Guy Bower, chapter founder. “There will be lots of tasty bites, non-alcoholic beverages, a suggested donation raffle for Bread of Life — a local charity — and live music from Jazz guitarist Denny Jiosa and friends.”

“This stellar event,” said Beth Bower, current chapter chair, “will showcase premium wines from around the world in a way that brings AIWF Wichita to life — understanding and appreciating wine and food through education and fun!”

The event takes place against an amazing backdrop of the 20-acre Prairie Hill Vineyard property eight miles west of Wichita. Decant ICT will be held in the new 500-person event center.

“Prairie Hill Vineyard appreciates the many years of selfless efforts made to promote the art of fine food and wine that has been given by AIWF’s founder, Guy Bower and his wife, Beth, on their effort to make Wichita a little more beautiful,” said Dan Stockemer, Prairie Hill Vineyard and Stockemer Farms owner. “We enjoy and celebrate with (AIWF’s) 30 years of fine food and wine.”

While savoring and sipping, Beth Bower said, monies raised will continue to sponsor Wichita’s food and beverage students and professionals with scholarships as they raise the bar on their own knowledge and talents.

All proceeds from the raffle though, will go to support the mission of Bread of Life “to one day see hunger eradicated.” Bread of Life has been providing food, clothing and ministry to more than 58,000 people a year serving all ages, races and cultures in Sedgwick and eight other Kansas counties.

Bower, who started AIWF Wichita despite skepticism from the National organization who said they held doubts about Wichita becoming a chapter, has chaired the group a number of terms over the years along with teaching wine appreciation classes at Wichita State University and educating members and non-members about “what we eat and drink” and having fun as well.

Decant ICT is a one-day event featuring live music, entertainment, light food, vendors, and a Chairman’s “Reserve” Room — with a special entrance fee —staffed by past chairmen. Tickets, on sale May 5, are $50 and $45 for current AIWF members and past board members. To purchase tickets, visit www.aiwfwichita.org.

For more things to do, be sure to check out our Event Calendar.

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