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Wine festival next month

Shillong, Oct. 28: The Shillong Wine Festival, which will showcase a variety of homemade wines, will be held here on November 9.

An initiative of Forever Young Club under the stewardship of Michael Syiem, the festival will enter its 11th year at Crinoline swimming pool. According to Syiem, there will be 16 stalls where home wine-makers from the state, including the Garo hills, and states like Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland will participate.

Symphonic Illusions, a Shillong-based band, will entertain visitors on the day of the festival.

Apart from wine made from grapes, sohiong (blackberries), strawberry, pear, peach, pineapple, ginger, dates, guava, sohphie nam (myrica nagi), plum, passion fruit, watermelon and mulberry, wines made from coffee, orange, coconut, tomato, hibiscus, rice, celery and green tea are some varieties that have been showcased in earlier wine festivals.

The festival will witness an active participation of wine-makers of the state who experiment with the process of manufacturing wine by using the variety of fruits that are locally available. This is also an opportunity for the rural people to earn through wine-making.