Guess who? Mayor Euille of Alexandria will kick off our event with a ceremonial opening speech. How exciting! The City of Alexandria is naturally an excellent sponsor and supporter for Alexandria’s Food & Wine Festival. More wineries are ready to sign up and restaurants are working out their logistics.

How about the entertainment? Many different bands will join us on Saturday but today we are presenting you with one of them, Hand Painted Swinger, nominated as Best Pop-Rock Recording and Best Pop-Rock Group by the Washington Area Music Association. Hand Painted Swinger humbly began life as the PestStrips. They recorded a full length CD of original music in 1996 entitled “Sticky,” which was nominated for a “Wammy” award by the Washington Area Music Association. Well over a decade after they originally began, with an impressive library of original and cover songs under their belt, Hand Painted Swinger continues to play the Maryland, Northern VA and Washington DC circuit promoting their CD “Speed Hump,” all while gearing up to record their next CD. Don’t miss them at the event, they will be performing for 45 minutes.