The annual Taste of Long Lake event is expecting hundreds of visitors once again for their 10th annual charity event at Otten Bros. Greenhouse. The annual gala will feature various local and national breweries, wineries and distilleries.

The event is a collaboration between Lakeside Wine and Spirits, Otten Bros. Garden Center and the Orono Rotary Club.

“I think it’s just a really good atmosphere at Otten Bros. They really set a nice tone for the event,” Lakeside Wine and Spirits General Manager Bryan Keeler said.

According to Keeler, the event has drawn in between 250 to 500 food and beverage connoisseurs each year. Keeler said their goal is to draw in 350 to 400 people and raise approximately $10,000 for breast cancer research, ASL research and 8 to a Lamp, an organization that provides educational opportunities for students in Tanzania.

The event used to only bring in local breweries and distilleries according to Keeler. Throughout the years they have added more variety in order to give guests a taste from various places.

“We used to have just Minnesota distilleries and breweries. We tried to have wineries too but that’s a little more challenging for Minnesota. We opened it up to other groups...They’re available in Minnesota. They’re good companies,” he said.

The focus this year was to bring in vendors from all over the country and the world. Keeler said they wanted guests to be able to try wine from California, Washington and Oregon as well as beverages from South Africa, France and Australia. Guests will also be able to enjoy food samples and the opportunity to win various prizes.

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 6-9 p.m. at Otten Bros, 2350 W. Wayzata Blvd., in Long Lake.

Otten Bros uses their entire space to build a relaxed and welcoming environment. According to Keeler, Otten Bros has set up a bonfire in the past; however, there is no guarantee that will happen this year. Inside, the event features approximately 50 tables for patrons to browse at their leisure.

The event allows guests to choose their own experience while exploring the various tables and listening to live much including possible stops at Harvest Moon, Lucky Street out of Plymouth, LuceLine Orchards, Summit Brewery and Inbound Brewery.

Keeler says the overall event is “incredibly laid back” even with guests from the Orono Police Department and the local fire department.

Tickets are $40/person and are available at Lakeside Wine and Spirits, Otten Bros. or from Orono Rotary members. Guests also receive a complimentary commemorate glass with their ticket. For more info, contact Lakeside at (952) 404-2500 or info@lakesidewineandspirits.com.

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