The 21st Biannual “On the Tracks Food and Wine Event” will be held on Saturday, April 15 in Downtown Opelika from 6 to 11 p.m. On the Tracks, sponsored by the Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau and the Opelika Chamber of Commerce, allows patrons to have wine, beer and food tastings inside all of the participating shops in downtown Opelika. The event, now in its 11th year, was started by Pam Powers-Smith and Richard Patton and is hosted by Opelika Main Street.
“The event started because we wanted to provide an opportunity to actually see our stores,” said event creator, Pam Powers-Smith. “We used to have events such as concerts and people would just hang out outside, which is great, but we really wanted to expose people to what downtown really had to offer.”
On the Tracks, which is open to all ages, draws about 2,500 to historic downtown Opelika by providing a fun and engaging evening that shows off all Opelika has to offer. Aside from just partaking in the food and wine tasting, guests can enjoy shopping in the participating downtown shops, eating at the local restaurants or listening to the live band, Alabama Avenue. All of the participating shops and restaurants will be open late so guests can utilize them for the entirety of the event.
On the Tracks is set up to be flexible to represent the relaxed nature of downtown Opelika. You can purchase individual tickets or you have the option to buy a group tent. This includes a table and 10 chairs for $350. The tent and table give you an opportunity to rest, eat and enjoy music while soaking in beauty of downtown. Although you need a ticket for the food and wine tasting, you do not need a ticket to explore downtown Opelika that evening.
“My favorite part [of On the Tracks] is the atmosphere of the event. It is difficult to explain unless you come and see for yourself, but I always notice people meeting new friends, seeing old friends and enjoying the evening. I like seeing people strolling in the street looking around at their leisure but also enjoying food and wine at the same time, so it’s really the best of both worlds,” Powers-Smith said.
Advance tickets for the tasting trail are $25 and may be purchased at OntheTracks.org, FlipFlop Foto or Verge Pipe Media. Tickets are also available at the event. All ticket proceeds are in support of Downtown Opelika and come with a keepsake wine glass! For more information, contact Powers-Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org, call (334) 745-0466 or visit OntheTracks.org.