Opelika “On the Tracks” food and wine event

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On Friday, Oct. 10, food vendors, live music, entertainment, shopping and wine tastings will turn the downtown Opelika area into a festive night to kick off the start of fall. Eighth and Railroad Road streets will be the main location of the event.
From 6 p.m. until 11 p.m., Opelika hosts its 18th bi-annual “On the Tracks: A Food and Wine Event” inviting people, mainly 21 and up, to enjoy all that downtown Opelika has to offer. But families are always welcomed, whether it be participating in the crawl or enjoying the music and shopping.
For the event, food vendors will line the streets, offering samples of their fall menus. Along with culinary samples, each vendor offers wine tastings and shopping where you can shop and sip and enjoy the cool, autumn night. Outside the event, restaurants will open their doors for famished event-goers, welcoming them to sit down and eat.
Live music will also be present for the entirety of the event. There will be four bands, all in different areas of the event.
For individuals participating, the choice to pre-purchased tickets or purchase a ticket the night-of is available. Both options cost $25. With a ticket, participants can enjoy the tasting trail of vendors plus a beverage at each stop. There will be approximately 25 stops.
“We want people to enjoy and experience all downtown Opelika has to offer. We really love it when new people find us and have fun. Which is truly why this event was created years ago,” Director of Opelika Main Street and the On the Tracks event, Pam Powers-Smith said.
On the Tracks happens both in the fall and spring, giving residents a fun night to look forward to twice a year. Not only does this event offer festivities for locals, but encourages tourism for Opelika, which has been on the uphill since Opelika Main Street was created 1987.
“We wanted to think of a way to not only make people visit downtown Opelika for an event, but for them to see every store while they were there,” Smith said.
In the past years, On the Tracks has seen a turnout of about 3,000 people. This year Opelika Main Street hopes to have more. Because On the Tracks not only boosts visibility for tourism and shop exposure, it also raises money for Opelika Main Street to continue promoting downtown Opelika and making it a town people want to spend time in.
“If people are new to the area, I tell them downtown Opelika is the best kept secret that we don’t want to be a secret,” Taylor Sumrall, store manager for Taylor Made Designs, said. Taylor Made Designs is one of the local shops opening its doors for On the Tracks participants.
“The atmosphere is so great. It’s fun, laid back and everyone really enjoys themselves. It’s an opportunity to see old friends and make new ones too,” Smith elaborated.
With live music the whole night and tons of shopping to do, On the Tracks creates a perfect night for couples, friends and anyone wanting to get out and enjoy all that downtown Opelika has to offer.
“Between the restaurants and the stores there is something for everyone,” Sumrall said.
For more info, visit www.onthetracks.org.

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