Area restaurants, breweries and distilleries will offer distinct local flavors to visitors in support of historic downtown homes during the second Taste of Twain event from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15.

Area restaurants, breweries and distilleries will offer distinct local flavors to visitors in support of historic downtown homes during the second Taste of Twain event from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15.

Melissa Cummins, marketing and communications manager with the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, said the first Taste of Twain festival was a dream she was able to bring together in 2017 with support from Golden Eagle Distributing Company. The 2018 festival will highlight food, wine, and beer, along with other Hannibal and regional specialties. Proceeds will go toward maintenance and preservation for historic properties like the Mark Twain Boyhood Home, J.M. Clemens Justice of the Peace building and the Pilaster House, which is in the latter stages of a complete restoration.

Cummins said that a similar Taste of Twain event is hosted in Elmyra, N.Y., and a Tapping into Twain festival takes place in Hartford, Conn. each year, and she wanted to blend that theme with local fare, music and the backdrop of historic Hannibal landmarks for a celebration that reflect's America's Hometown. The festival will flow from historic Hill Street through the Mark Twain Boyhood Home Garden to the nearby Interpretive Center.

Mark Twain Brewing Company, Independent's Service and Lohr Distributing are sponsoring this year’s event. Cummins listed some of the local establishments that will share samples of their food and beverages — Mark Twain Brewing Company, Cave Hollow West Winery, La Azotea, Mark Twain Dinette, Fiddlestiks and County Market. Specialties will range from Mark Twain Dinette's Steampunk Burger and Brioche Sliders to dozens of wines, bourbons and beers — including samples and demonstrations from the Hannibal Area Home Brewers Association — to samples from County Market's bakery, deli, meat and produce departments.

Regional breweries, distilleries and other businesses will also be on hand, including Wood Hat Spirits, St. James Winery, Stone Hill Winery, Green Door Cigars and McIntyre Cider.

Hannibal musicians are scheduled to perform, with Steve Paquet and the Heavy Implants taking the stage on Hill Street. Seth Wade will perform on the acoustic stage near the Interpretive Center.

Cummins said she expects Taste of Twain to continue to grow, especially during Hannibal's 2019 bicentennial celebrations. Clear skies and pleasant temperatures are in the forecast for Saturday, and Cummins is eager for an afternoon that benefits Hannibal's historic landmarks while showcasing what local vendors and musicians have to offer.

“I think it's a wonderful event,” she said. “I think it's really wonderful to feature some of our Hannibal area restaurants and beverage providers, and let people know what's available and the many opportunities we have in Hannibal. You don't have to go outside of Hannibal for great food and drinks — it's right here.”

Admission is available for $25 in advance and $35 the day of the festival. The cost includes an armband for unlimited tastings. Participants must be 21 years of age or older to sample adult beverages. For more information, visitwww.marktwainmuseum.orgor call 573-221-9010.

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