Friday, August 12 * 5 PM - 11 PM & Saturday, August 13, 2016 * 3 PM to 11 PM, at the Coventry Campus - just south 204th & Q Street
     
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

COLORFUL HOT AIR BALLOONS
FEATURING NEBRASKA WINE SHOWCASE EXPANDS FESTIVAL

       The 2016 Nebraska Balloon & Wine Festival is Friday, August 12th and Saturday, August 13th and is at the Coventry Campus just south of 204th & Q Street. The Festival is a Nebraska Wine Showcase featuring some of the best award winning wines available to taste. Enjoy the delicious foods, live entertainment and Festival atmosphere. The Festival will offer more Arts & Crafts in the Marketplace Village as well as a KidZone Area with Pony Rides, face painting, inflatable bounce and obstacle course activities for the kids.
     “The Hot Air Balloons attract a lot of attention and is unique to this celebration ” said Mike Mancuso, Event Producer, indicating that, “an estimated six million national spectators attend hundreds of Balloon events across the country.” The Festival will be your chance to see first hand the exciting Hot Air Balloons Launch at 7 PM and the colorful Hot Air Balloons Glow when the balloons will be illuminated at 9 PM (weather permitting) each evening. The Festival will be your chance to enjoy some of the Areas best bands -
       The Festival features delicious foods from Omaha’s Greek salad and Italian dishes to juicy barbecued ribs. There will be KGB Greek, Le Voltair, Guaca Maya Mexican, Uncle Earnie's BBQ, Chicago Dawg Hog, Piccalo's, Johnny's Peanut Butter, Boyd & Charlies BBQ, Prairie Fire Pizza, Jones Bros Cup Cakes, Big Daddy's Mini Donuts, Jo Jo's Gelato, Orchard Hill Creamery and LaCassa Pizzarria giving you Plenty of choices to choose from and enjoy.
       The 2016 Nebraska Balloon & Wine Festival is pleased to announce the return of the popular Food and Wine Experience. An opportunity to taste a vast selection of wine paired with delicious hors d’oevres and food pairings at 6 PM & 8 PM each evening prepared by great chefs From Carrabba's on Friday and on Saturday 801 Chop House a New York Style Steakhouse. Mike Mancuso, Festival Manager, indicated “Whether you are a wine connoisseur, wine lover or simply interested in trying something new, the Food and Wine Experience will offer a special interaction of chefs with wine tastings. It represents the culinary aspect of enjoying great wine and a fun way to discover life’s simplest indulgences!”
        The United States Is In The Middle of a Golden Age of Wine! Americans are drinking more wine than ever before. Per capita consumption is at a record high with several years of growth. Wine tasting has never been so popular. Nebraska Wineries continue to gain awards and grow with 30 Wineries from just 7 Wineries over the last few years. The Nebraska Wine Showcase will include experts and several wines from James Arthur Vineyards, SchillingBridge Winery & Microbrewery, Miletta Vista Winery, Soaring Wings Vineyard, Superior Estates Winery, Deer Springs Winery, Whiskey Run Creek Winery, Glacial Till Vineyard & Winery, Wunderosa Winery, Nissen Wine, Feather River Vineyards, Prairie Creek Vineyards, Little Swan Lake Winery, Cedar Hills Vineyard & Gardens and Moonstruck Meadery Winery. The Beer industry has also exploded with many new tastes and craft beers. The Festival will be your opportunity to taste the new craft beers in the comforts of the beautiful setting.
        The Festival Tickets offer (5) five tastes of wines with a Souvenir Wine Glass (while supplies last) or Your Choice of Beers for just $14.00 per person are sold in Advance at various locations through out the city:

Family Fare Supermarkets - 14 Area Locations

Corkscrew Wine and Cheese - RockBrook Village - 108th & Center & New Location Blackstone District 3908 Farnam St

Wohlner's Market - 3253 Dodge Street, Midtown Crossing

The Winery - 741 N 98th St., Westroads

Patrick's Market - 14th & Howard Street, Downtown

WineStyles - 1006 S 74th Plz - 74th & Pacific

Brewsky's - Q Street - 15350 Weir Street or Park Drive - 8528 Park Drive

VIP Wine and Food Experience

Carrabba's Italian Grill - 14520 West Maple Road

(Plus you can purchase their Friday 6:00PM & 8:00PM VIP Session Tickets)

801 Chop House - 14th & Farnam - Inside the Paxton

(Plus you can purchase their Saturday 6:00PM & 8:00PM VIP Session Tickets)

Lincoln Outlet

From Nebraska Gift Shop, James Arthur Tasting Room - 803 Q Street, Haymarket Downtown

Tickets also available day of the Festival for $17 at the Festival Entrance.
        The Festival’s Host Hotel Comfort Inn & Suites, will be offering guests a special Nebraska Balloon & Wine Package with your night’s stay for tremendous savings to include Festival shuttle and tickets complete with complimentary bottle of wine.
        The Nebraska Balloon & Wine Festival will be open 5 PM until 11 PM on Friday, August 12th and 3 PM until 11 PM on Saturday, August 13th. The Festival is sponsored in part by Community Partners including Pinnacle Banks, Pepsi, Rotella’s Bakery, Woodhouse Auto Family, Miller Beer, Papillion Sanitation, Today's Dental, Bath Planet, Omaha Magazine, Family Fare Supermarkets, Clear Channel, Channel, 6 WOWT, Darkhorse Wine, Johnson Brothers, Comfort Inn & Suits, ReMax, Bath Fitter, Culligan Water, PODS, Bobcat of Omaha, Unionist Printing, Nebraska Feed & Grain, Jones Barrel Company, Absolute Security, Thrasher Basement Systems, NMC - Cat Power, Omaha Magazine, Muzzy's Ice, Hallow Creek Landscaping, Nu-Trend Homes, Rebath, Carrabba's Italian Grill, and 801 Chop House
         To order tickets and group sales, Call (402) 346-8003

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, CONTACT:

MID- AMERICA EXPOSITIONS, INC.
MIKE MANCUSO, PRODUCER * JOE MANCUSO, EVENT MANAGER
7015 SPRING ST * OMAHA, NE 68106-3518 * (402) 346-8003 FAX (402) 346-5412
info@showofficeonline.com * www.showofficeonline.com