Roseville gets Tapped and Uncorked

Friends of Roseville Parks will host the city's first-ever craft beer and wine festival on Friday, Oct. 3, from 5-9 p.m. (file photo)

Friends of Roseville Parks to put on new beer and wine fundraiser

The organization has been around for more than 40 years, but the Friends of Roseville Parks are on a mission to prove it's not your grandmother's parks group.

Of course, FOR Parks will still offer popular events like afternoon luncheons and home and garden tours, but it's also expanding its offerings in new directions.

Craft brew fest

A new event, dubbed "Tapped and Uncorked," aims to attract a younger crowd to support the non-profit by offering craft beer and wine tastings at a brew festival held at the Guidant John Rose Oval on Friday, Oct. 3.

Event chair Sharon Brown, who's been volunteering with FOR Parks for two years, said when she first pitched the idea to the board, she was met with "mixed reactions."

"They didn't really know much about it," Brown said. "But as we went on, we gained more confidence and got everybody on board."

"We actually had some of our members try their first (craft) beer," Brown added. "They're really excited."

There are 16 area breweries and four wineries on board for the event, offering samples of their selections. Participating breweries include Roseville's newest taproom, Bent Brewstillery, as well as local breweries Granite City, Fulton, 612 Brew and Flat Earth Brewing, among many others. Wineries taking part in the event are Alexis Bailly Vineyard, Cannon River Winery, Miller Heritage Vineyard and Northern Vineyards.

For the price of a ticket, participants will receive a tasting glass for unlimited samples, as well as being treated to live dance music from High & Mighty. Designated driver tickets are also available at a discounted rate and include all-you-can-drink pop and water.

Several local restaurants and food trucks will also be on-site with food available for purchase, and games like bean bag toss and Hammerschlagen promise to keep guests entertained all night.

Brown said the event has FOR Parks members doing things "a little outside [their] comfort zone," which is a good thing.

"There's a lot involved" with event planning, like securing alcohol permits, complying with state Department of Health codes and talking with brewers, Brown explained.

The outdoor Tapped and Uncorked event will take place rain or shine, as the vendors will all be covered by tents.

"Bring your umbrella," Brown advised.

Fun with a cause

Tapped and Uncorked is a large undertaking, with more than 50 volunteers working behind the scenes to make it a success.

Brown hopes the event will draw a large crowd from Roseville and surrounding communities.

"This is something new for Roseville," Brown said. "We're putting Roseville on the map. It's going to be a fun event."

Funds raised from the event go to FOR Parks, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that acts as an auxiliary to the city's Parks and Recreation Department. Brown says recent funds went toward installing fireplaces in the new warming houses in various city parks. Other projects funded by the group include park benches, playground equipment and improvements at Muriel Sahlin Arboretum.

Brown says she's been hearing a lot of positive feedback from "excited" ticket buyers.

"That makes us really happy. It's such a unique thing for our community, and they're excited we're bringing something unusual to our community."

For more information about Tapped and Uncorked, visit

Johanna Holub can be reached at or 651-748-7813. Follow her on Twitter @jholubnews.

If you go...

Tapped & Uncorked
Friday, Oct. 3
5-9 p.m.
Guidant John Rose Oval
2661 Civic Center Drive,
Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door, if any tickets remain.
Designated driver tickets available for $10.
21+ event

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