Who knew that the Village Wine Walk would become a Big Bear success story? Cheri Wilson, owner of the former Home Warehouse Design Center, was the brains behind the event, which began in 2009. The Village Business Association took Wilson’s idea and created the event.

Eleven years later it’s one of the most popular events in Big Bear Lake’s Village shopping district. It’s been voted one of the best summer events in the Best of Big Bear Readers Choice Awards by Big Bear Grizzly readers the past couple of years.

It’s so popular, there are two wine walks — the first is on Saturday, June 8.

The Village Summer Wine Walk this Saturday features 20 participating merchants along with a handful of local restaurants. Guests stroll the Village stopping at participating businesses to taste a variety of wines and nibble on appetizers from 3:30 to 7 p.m.

Tickets are $45. As of June 3, there were 314 individual tickets remaining. The event has sold out in advance the last couple of seasons, so check in advance to see if tickets are still available. Visit www.bigbearlakevillage.com or check the Big Bear Now app available for Apple and Android devices to purchase tickets from your smartphone or tablet.

Check-in opens at 11 a.m. on the day of the event. Guests are encouraged to check in early to avoid long lines later. Go shopping, catch a movie, have lunch or relax before the event begins at 3:30 p.m. Participants must be age 21 or older, and check-in at the corner of Village Drive and Pine Knot Avenue requires a valid ID.

So what to do if tickets are gone by the time you decide to participate? It will be a bit of a wait, but there is another chance to enjoy the Village Wine Walk. The Village Fall Wine Walk is slated for Sept. 14.

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