Grab a drink, have a snack and enjoy gazing at some wonderful local art at this year’s Lucky 13th Taste of Wine and Art on Oct. 18 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Aiken Center for the Arts on Laurens Street.

Nearly two dozen restaurants and caterers will be on hand with a wide array of culinary arts with an emphasis on delectable foods. There will also be traditional fine wines and a choice selection of beers from Palmetto Packing, AB Beverage and Woodside Plantation Country Club.

The Aiken Center for the Arts sponsors this annual fundraiser.

During the evening there will also be music by Hal Shreck and a silent auction focused on “The Good Life” with dinner gatherings, event packages, destination getaways, sporting events and more.

“I think it’s going to be a wonderful event,“ said Emily Hanna, co-chair for the event. “We’re very excited about our silent auction. It’s just a great event that people can come and mingle and try some restaurants from around town.”

Hanna also said they expect roughly 200 people to turn out for the annual event.

Tickets for the event are $53 per person and $50 for ACA members.

Participating restaurants and chefs include Casa Bella, Catering by Jennifer (Papa Russ), Davor’s, Desserves, Donna Tornow Cakes, Everyday Gourmet, Green Boundary Club, High Country Olive Oil, La Bonbonniere, Latte Art by One Tree Coffee, Magnolia Natural Market and Cafe, Malia’s, New Moon Cafe, Newberry Hall, Red Pepper Cafe, Ryan’s Downtown Market and Deli, The Stables at Rose Hill, Stoplight Deli, Travinia Italian Kitchen, Westside Bowery, What’s Cooking, The Willcox and Woodside Plantation Country Club.

“We’ve been involved for about four or five years,“ said Jennifer Richardson, owner of Catering by Jennifer. “We’re probably going to be doing an assortment of appetizers. We enjoy it and we enjoy getting out there and talking to people and telling them what we’re up to.”

Richardson said another perk of being a part of the event is do some tasting herself.

“We actually end up buying wine there,” Richardson said. “We’re customers too.”

On Oct. 17 there will be the Art of Taste, featuring award winning author Nathalie Dupree at the Arts Center. Dupree has authored 12 cookbooks and hosted more than 300 television shows and specials on channels like PBS, The Learning Channel and The Food Network.

She will be debuting her newest cookbook, “Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking.”

Beginning at 11 a.m., Dupree will discuss her books, debut the new one and end with a book signing. Tickets are $12 or $10 for ACA members.

Tickets can be purchased at 641-9094 or at the Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens Street, and Downtown Aiken.

Sponsors of the event are Aiken Standard, Atlantic Broadband, Bella Magazine, Bridgestone, Savannah River Remediation, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, Skirt Magazine, URS and WKSX 92.7 Radio.

WANT TO GO? Book lecture and signing by Nathalie Dupree

Oct. 17 at 11 a.m.$12 per person $10 for ACA members

The Taste of Wine & Art Evening Experience

Oct. 18 7 p.m. — 10 p.m.$53 per person $50 for ACA members