Sunday, July 22, 2007

Newport Festivals Announces New Wine, Beer & Coastal Menus at 2007 Festivals


George Wein & The Festival Network are pleased to announce that for the first time, the JVC Jazz Festival and Dunkin’ Donuts Newport Folk Festival will offer fans a harbor side "Open Air Café" serving fine wine, beer and a classic New England coastal menu. The Café will be located on the west pier of the boat basin with spectacular 360 degree views of the Festival stage, Fort Adams and historic Newport Harbor on the Saturday and Sunday August 4 and 5 and August 11 and 12 festival days at Fort Adams State Park.

Partnering with The Festival Network on this new offering is Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ), the international producer of beer, wine and spirits, with offerings including Corona beer, Blackstone and Woodbridge Estate wines. Impresario George Wein, the founder of the historic Newport festivals commented, “I’m so proud to be affiliated with this incredible town and musical tradition. The new café offering will add to the joys of the Festivals for years to come.”

Chris Shields, CEO of The Festival Network added, "There’s not a more spectacular setting to raise a toast than at the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals this summer. We’re thrilled to announce and welcome the Constellation family to these ionic festivals.” This year’s weekend folk festival artists include The Allman Brothers on Saturday, August 4 and Alison Krauss and Emmylou Harris on August 5. Jazz Festival artists include Branford Marsalis, Dave Brubeck and Marcus Miller on August 11 and B.B. King, Etta James and Al Green on August 12. Full artist lineups can be found at and

ABOUT FESTIVAL NETWORK: The Festival Network is a multifaceted marketing, production and media company that produces, develops and acquires highly visible festival properties in unique destinations around the globe. The Network's roster of current events and historic media vaults dating back over a half century also serve as a platform to generate content tailor-made for premium broadcast distribution, after-market media and sponsorship. The Festival Network's production division, Festival Productions, pioneered the music ‘festival era’ in 1954 with the creation of the world famous Newport Jazz Festival. The company has since produced hundreds of high profile festivals spanning the globe while maintaining a strong tradition of working with leading artists, spectacular locations and corporations. To learn more about The Festival Network and it’s portfolio of events visit the company’s website at About Constellation Brands:

Constellation Brands, Inc. is a leading international producer and marketer of beverage alcohol in the wine, spirits and imported beer categories, with significant market presence in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia and New Zealand. Based in Fairport, N.Y., the company has more than 250 brands in its portfolio, sales in approximately 150 countries and operates approximately 60 wineries, distilleries and distribution facilities. It is the largest wine producer in the world; the largest wine company in the U.S. based upon sales dollar value, the largest wine company in the U.K., Australia and Canada; the second largest wine company in New Zealand; the largest beer importer and marketer in the U.S. through its Crown Imports joint venture with Mexico's Grupo Modelo; and the third largest spirits company in the U.S. Constellation Brands is an S&P 500 Index and Fortune 500(R) company. Major brands in the company's portfolio include Corona Extra, Black Velvet Canadian Whisky, the SVEDKA vodka line, Robert Mondavi wines, Ravenswood, Blackstone, Hardys, Banrock Station, Nobilo, Kim Crawford, Inniskillin, Jackson-Triggs and Arbor Mist. To learn more about Constellation Brands and its product portfolio visit the company's Web site at

About Dunkin’ Donuts®: Founded in 1950, today Dunkin' Donuts® is the number one retailer of hot regular coffee-by-the-cup in America, selling 2.7 million cups a day, nearly one billion cups a year. Dunkin’ Donuts® is also the largest coffee and baked goods chain in the world and sells more hot regular coffee, iced coffee, donuts, and bagels than any other quick service restaurant in America. Dunkin' Donuts® has more than 7,200 restaurants in 30 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Massachusetts, Dunkin’ Donuts® is a subsidiary of Dunkin’ Brands, Inc. For more information, visit

About JVC: JVC, the jazz festival’s sponsor has presented JVC Jazz Festivals throughout the USA, Asia and Europe and is celebrating its 24th year of jazz festival sponsorship. JVC is a worldwide manufacturer of consumer and professional video and audio equipment, including high definition displays, camcorders, DVD players and recorders, home and portable audio equipment, mobile entertainment products and recording media.
Dunkin’ Donuts Newport Folk Festival Ticket Info: Saturday and Sunday, August 4 and 5 at Fort Adams State Park:Reserved seats are $75 and will be sold for individual days only. There is no child's price or two-day pass for the reserved seating section. General admission tickets to Fort Adams State Park events August 4 and 5 are $55 for adults and $5 for children between 2 and 12 either day. Children under 2 will be admitted free of charge. Individual adult tickets go to $59 for Saturday or Sunday on festival weekend, if available. A limited number of General Admission Adult 2-Day Saturday/Sunday tickets will be sold for $95 while they last!

General admission tickets for all Fort Adams events are available at the Newport County Convention & Visitors Bureau located at 23 America’s Cup Avenue in Newport.A limited number of Three-Day Passes are available for $135. The Three-Day Passes include a reserved lawn seat at the Friday, August 3rd “Evening With Linda Ronstadt” [regularly priced at $65] along with a General Admission ticket for each day [August 4 and 5] at Fort Adams State Park.

JVC Jazz Festival-Newport Ticket Info: Saturday August 11 and Sunday, August 12 at Fort Adams State Park (11:30 am – 7:00 pm): General admission: $65.00 in advance, $70.00 on festival weekend, if available. Children under 12, $5.00 at all times; under 2, free. On site festival parking, $6.00 per vehicle. Reserved seating, JVC Jazz Stage: $75.00. Tickets for both festivals are on sale now via Ticketweb at, by phone at 866-468-7619 and at the Newport Festival office located at 770 Aquidneck Avenue in Middletown, Rhode Island; cash, checks and major credit cards are accepted. Call 401-847-3700 for more information and office hours. Tickets are also available at the Newport County Convention & Visitors Bureau located at 23 America's Cup Avenue in Newport. The festival hotline is: 401-847-3700.

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