Black Owned Wine and Spirits Festival

First African American Woman to own and operate a Vodka brand launches The Black Owned Wine & Spirits Festival in Washington DC

The black-owned wine and spirits festival was created and launched in 2015 by Chanel Turner,  founder of FOU-DRÉ VODKA, with the aim of unifying black-owned spirit brands, “…whereby creating a platform for visibility, consumer engagement, and commerce.” according to Turner.   The Black Owned Wine & Spirits Festival seeks to attract “…spirit enthusiasts, wine aficionados, and beer lovers to a centralized location for engagement, sampling, discourse, and networking.”    The Black Owned Wine & Spirits Festival intends to continue building a platform for networking, commerce, education, and awareness toward the purpose of expanding support and brand awareness for Black Owned spirits.

The past two events have reportedly sold out and have created an upscale event that blends business, education, great food, great ambiance and live entertainment.  The  Black Owned Wine & Spirits festival hosted in 2017 attracted an estimated 1500 attendees,  bought together 50 vendors and sold  2000 bottles.

A few of the festival vendors include  Fou-Dre Vodka, Den of Thieves Whiskey, Paparazzi, Kay’s Kandi, Spice (a Caribbean Jerk Joint), D’LISH DISH Catering, Harlem Brewing and The Mission Kitchen.  For brands that see the benefit of possibly becoming a vendor at BOWS 2018 and would like more information can visit: BOWS 2018  .


The Black Owned Wine & Spirits Festival promises to offer an even greater guest experience than the 2 previous sold out events.  Each Festival guest needs to be 21 years of age or older and will be invited to sample a wide range of local and national spirits, wines and beers; with a complimentary souvenir glass to take with you.   Guests will also have the opportunity to sample and enjoy food from some of the greatest local restaurants, caterers,  local chefs and food trucks to further enhance the pleasure.  BOWS 2018 will feature a host of the most outstanding live entertainment; as well as Washington DC’s top female DJ “MIM” who is set to provide the hottest music all day long.  BOWS 2018 also offers a VIP access ticket that offers access to VIP only lounges, enhanced tastings, a VIP swag bag and access to VIP only restrooms.  According to general admission tickets are $55.00 and VIP tickets are $100.  The Black Owned Wine & Spirits festival also offers special pricing packages for groups starting with a minimum of 1o guests.  For more info on pricing visit : Ticket Pricing

The Black Owned Wine & Spirits Festival will lay a foundation of commerce and education that will inspire and propel a movement towards the widespread support of Black owned Spirits, Wine and Beer.

Black Owned Wine & Spirits Festival selects the perfect Venue for the 2018 Festival

The Black Owned Wine & Spirits Festival is pleased to announce its 3nd Annual event which will take place in Washington, DC on September 22, 2018 at Dock 5 and will be held at Union Market located at:  1309 5TH ST NE WASHINGTON, DC 20002.  The chosen venue, Dock 5 is a very upscale place that promises to provide a very conducive atmosphere for such an elegant event.  Even according to their own website it states, “The historic Union Market district is now home to the unique, warehouse event venue, Dock 5. Featuring over 12,000 square feet, 22’ high ceilings and glass garage doors, the space exudes urban sophistication with the ability to extend into an outside dock and private alley. The venue is directly above the artisanal marketplace, Union Market, which houses over 30 of the top food producers in the region.”  Therefore it seems that the hosts have clearly selected the perfect venue for BOWS 2018.

Black Owned Wine & Spirits Festival sets the stage for expansion in the industry for black-owned spirits, brewers and wine brands.

The Black Owned Wine & Spirits Festival promises to not just be a memorable event for the guests; but also,  a conduit for black-owned businesses in the industry to network and grow; which is exactly what we need in this season where black-owned businesses are coming into their own, seeking to gain exposure and market share.

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