For the last 13 years, the LAWineFest has poured wine from around the world for tastes while raising money for good causes around Los Angeles County.

This year, the festival comes to Long Beach. On Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2, the Pike Outlets will be the site for the lawn party.

Beneficiaries will be the Long Beach Public Library Foundation and Long Beach City College Foundation. But, organizers say, the attendees will be the ones having fun.

"With award-winning wines from around the globe, including those from boutique wineries (producing less than 2,500 cases, special ticket required), an assortment of craft brews, shopping in artisan boutiques, live music and more, guests will have a first-class ticket to a great weekend," the group's press release says. 

About 5,000 people attended the two-day event, and more are expected this year, organizers said. In addition to the many wine and beer selections, there will be live music both days and an assortment of food trucks offering everything from lobster rolls to ice cream.

Admission to the festival includes a souvenir glass, unlimited wine and craft brew tastings, bottled water, coffee and bread. Tickets are $80 online or $100 at the gate.

To try the boutique wines, a $125 all-access pass ($110 online) is required (the pass also allows an hour of early access on Saturday). There also is a $20 designated driver ticket available.

While participating wineries can sell wines online, no onsite purchases are allowed.

Music will be provided on Saturday by The Angry Donkeys, with guest DJ Neva. Sunday, it will be Rose Colored World. Hours are 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information or to buy advance tickets, go to www.LAWineFest.com.

Harry has been executive editor of Gazette Newspapers for more than 26 years. He has been in the newspaper business for more than 35 years, with experience on both weekly and metropolitan daily papers in Colorado and California.

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