OAKLAND -- The Montclair Village Association is bringing back a much loved wine and jazz festival.

The Montclair Beer and Wine Celebration will be held from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in tandem with the 38th Annual Pacific Fine Arts Festival. Thirteen wineries and seven breweries will be featured at the event. Tasters will have the opportunity to meet the brewers and winemakers, and learn where they can find these products locally.

All proceeds of the event will stay in the district and go toward community improvement projects.

Admission to the event is free. Craft beer and artisan wine tasting tickets can be purchased online at MontclairVillage.com or throughout the event for $30 a person or $50 a couple, which includes a commemorative glass for each ticket holder. Wine and beer by the glass will be sold throughout the event.

The event will be held on Medau Place between Mountain Boulevard and Moraga Avenue. There is plenty of parking available at the parking lot located at the top of La Salle Avenue.

There will also be a music stage featuring local musical talent, community booths, select vendor booths and kid's activities. Musical performances include six piece jazz ensembles, Chameleon, the blues band Nitelites, and Zana and the Band.

Zana Rifai, 18, the band's vocalist and a graduate of Skyline High School, has just returned to from her first year at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass.

The last wine and jazz festival was held in 2009. The festival returns to the village at the popular request of residents.


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"I get more phone calls about this than about pot holes," said Daniel Swafford, executive director of the Montclair Village Association, and organizer of the event.

Louise Howard, of Piedmont Pines, a wine enthusiast, is thrilled to hear about the return of the festival to Montclair.

"This event is outstanding," Howard said. "I will definitely be going. Events like this bring the neighborhood together and attract people in the community. I would love more opportunities like this to visit my local community."

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