5th Annual BOWSFest Participation Expected to Break Record

Minority-Owned Specialty Craft Spirits, Beer & Wine Event Returns with a Twist

Known for its spectacular appeal and entertainment showcase, the 5th Annual BOWSFest returns to the capital city in stellar fashion and promises to be a showstopper! The highly anticipated event will feature smooth sounds by, Chelsey Green and the Green Project will and play host to an array of great eats provided by area restaurants and BOWSFest merchandise. The 2-day, 2-venue event kicks off Saturday, September 25 @ Dock 5, Union Market from 2 – 7 p.m. and continues Sunday @ the Cambria Hotel, Capitol Riverfront Rooftop, 69 Q Street SW from 1 – 4 p.m. The popular event is set to exceed previous attendance records and offers a new twist to its standard run of show.

Amid the downward economic fallout caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, industry owners will get a big boost for their brands when they attend a special rooftop meet-and-greet Day 2. BOWSFest Founder and CEO, Chanel Turner says, “This year’s shift will be dedicated to engaging in BOWSFest’s original mission: bringing business owners together to expand their horizons.” Turner, who is also the CEO of FOU-DRE Vodka, intimately understands the need for Black business owners to receive economic and professional support which is why she launched the festival five years ago.

Having navigated through multiple industry-related roadblocks, Turner knows firsthand many challenges business owners face. She also understands the negative impact the pandemic has made on supply chain flow. BOWSFest addresses three major components for minority business owners: opportunities for industry networking, brand exposure and consumer education.

Sunday’s event titled, Level Up, will be held on the rooftop of the Cambria Hotel. Minority business owners and operators will enjoy brunch and engage in a private networking meet-and-greet with top industry leaders and members of the media. From 1 – 4 p.m. registered participants will gain insight on ways to advance brand presence and increase their knowledge in marketplace awareness.

Safety precautions have been carefully planned to ensure participant safety for the 2-day event. The festival is spread out to accommodate social distancing with food vendors and entertainment arranged outside while the 10,000 square foot Dock 5 event space will host a variety of burgeoning participating spirit, wine and beer vendors.

Some BOWSFest featured vendors include Fou-Dre Vodka, HH Bespoke Phoenix Spiritz, Ikavina Wine and Spirits LLC, Hidden Spirits Cocktails, Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey, Vodkila Spirits, Talero Organic Tequila, Markell Bani Fine Wines and Champagne LLC, Durante Rum, Den of Thieves Whiskey, Plush Premium Vodka, Guidance Whiskey, and ReserveBar who is this year’s Media Lounge Sponsor.

All media who are interested in attending Saturday’s Festival as well as the Level Up media and industry networking event should email therealcarver@gmail.com to RSVP. Media credentials are required for both events.

This year, the BOWSFest event will allow product sample distribution and on-premise purchases.

Tickets can be purchased here: Black Owned Wine and Spirits Festival 2021 | Strategic Eventz

Vendors can register here: Vendor Registration | Strategic Eventz

Website: BOWSFest

Instagram: @Bowsfest

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bowsfestival/

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