After the last sips were tasted and the final guests called it a night, UnCork Barrington organizers say they broke attendance records at the 11th annual food and wine tasting in downtown Barrington Friday night. Over 1,200 people came to this year’s event from the Barrington area and well beyond, thanks to new marketing initiatives designed to reach wine enthusiasts from around the region.
To capture the spirit of UnCork Barrington, we sent a film crew to talk to the wine and food vendors and guests who came together to make UnCork so unforgettable.
UnCork Barrington Chair and Barrington Village Association President, Doug Skor says ticket sales surpassed past years, with over 300 tickets purchased well in advance through marketing via online group sales giant, LivingSocial.com.
“To grow the event we worked hard to reach attendees beyond the confines of Barrington and it worked. Typically we’ve seen 80% of ticket sales come from Barrington, with 20% of tickets purchased by people outside of Barrington. This year, the split was closer to 50/50. We drew from places like Palatine and Arlington Heights and saw a lot of groups coming right off the Metra train and heading straight to UnCork.”
Guests at this year’s UnCork Barrington were treated to tastes of over sixty wines in about a dozen categories, including a selection of top-shelf wines for VIP ticket holders in the tent sponsored by Sotheby’s International Realty. They also enjoyed a section of hors d’oeuvres provided by participating local restaurants and caterers.
Launched in 2005 by the Barrington Village Association or “BVA,” Uncork Barrington has become ever more successful with each year. Thanks to the hard work of many volunteers and to Uncork Barrington’s patrons, the BVA has been able to make donations to the Career Place, Barrington Area Council on Aging, the Leona Bataille Scholarship Foundation, Barrington Youth Dance Ensemble, Barrington Fine Arts Boosters, Barrington Area United Way, Barrington Breakfast Rotary, District 220 Educational Foundation…and many more.
For more information about the event and its history, visit UnCorkBarrington.com.