Less than a month after sharing an initial sneak preview of participating wineries, the number of vintners scheduled to provide tastings at the Lake Norman Wine and Food Festival has more than doubled. During the June 5-6, 2010 festival at Kenton Place in Cornelius, NC, attendees will have an opportunity to experience the selection and diversity of North Carolina wineries while benefiting local charitable organizations. “From Chardonnay to Viognier, the Festival has a little something for everyone and will include a variety of sweet, semi-sweet, dry and desert wines. Many of the participating wineries produce only a limited number of barrels and cater to select area restaurants and shops. The festival will offer many attendees a glimpse of local wines that are not widely available,” stated Acting Executive Director, V. Tom Gardner. To date, commitments have been received from Allison Oaks Vineyards, Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard and Winery, Brushy Mountain Winery, Daveste Vineyards, Dobbins Creek Vineyards, Old Stone Vineyard and Winery, Raintree Cellars Winery, Round Peak Vineyards, Shadow Springs Vineyard, Shelton Vineyards, Southern Charm Winery, Stony Mountain Vineyards and Uwharrie Vineyards. In addition to wine tastings, the Lake Norman Wine and Food Festival will feature area restaurants and vendors. The event will include a number of distinct areas including: the Fogle Insurance Group Wine Tent, wine tastings from local wineries; the Restaurant Galley, small dishes from local restaurants; as well as a Merchants area, regional vendors and boutique offerings. The Lake Norman Wine and Food Festival was founded to benefit local charities in need and has filed for its 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. The festival will be donating proceeds to Angels and Sparrows, Hope House and the Mooresville Soup Kitchen. Prospective attendees, as well as vendors, restaurants, and sponsors can get up-to-the-minute information by visitingwww.lakenormanwineandfoodfestival.org.