CHICAGO, IL (August 11, 2022) – CLINK Festival Founders Chrishon Lampley, Owner of Love Cork Screw Wines and Joyce Dawkins, Founder of She ROCKS It Magazine are pleased to announce the launch of the first CLINK Wine & Spirits Festival, the premier Chicago-based wine and spirits festival dedicated to showcasing women, Black, Indigenous and people of color in the industry. With panel discussions, a traveling tasting featuring more than 50 minority-owned wine and spirit brands paired with dishes from local Chicago chefs of color, a cigar lounge, a non-alcoholic water park and a DJ, the he event will take place on September 18 starting at 3 p.m. at 8 p.m. at the Wilder Mansion located in Elmhurst, IL.
“As a minority business owner, navigating the business of building a wine brand in this industry can often feel like being on an island,” said Chrishon Lampley, co-founder of CLINK. “It is imperative that we continue to celebrate, encourage and champion diversity in the wine and spirits industry. CLINK presents an interactive educational forum for beverage trade professionals, media, and wine and spirits enthusiasts to sample, network, celebrate our progress, and empower future minority women in the industry.
“My goal with CLINK is for attendees to see the amazing things that can happen if you just believe in yourself,” said Joyce Dawkins, co-founder of CLINK. “And to encourage participants not to be afraid to take a leap of faith. Even if only 1% of women currently occupy a space, that should motivate you even more to do so.
The CLINK Wine & Spirits Festival is pleased to welcome some of the country’s most promising minority leaders in the food and beverage industry and beyond. Featured guests include Theodora Lee (Founder, Theopolis Vineyards); Régine Rousseau (Founder, Shall We Wine); Chasity Cooper (wine culture expert); Nicole Kearney (Founder, Sip & Share Wines); Catalina Gaete-Bentz (Founder, Catan Pisco); Chef Dominique Leach (Executive Chef and Owner, Lexington Betty Smokehouse); and much more.
CLINK is made possible, in part, by Presenting Sponsor, Mariano’s, the popular Midwestern grocery chain whose proactive commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion continues to advance opportunities for various companies, suppliers, owners and founders.
“At Mariano’s, we’re proud to support BIPOC and women-owned businesses, and those who also support them,” said Amanda Puck, Director of Strategic Brand Development at Mariano’s. “We have a commitment to local suppliers and are delighted to support the first annual CLINK Wine & Spirits Festival with our team of accomplished Tastemaker chefs who will complement the event’s star roster of wine, spirits and soft drinks producers. owned by minorities.”
For full timetable details and ticketing information, please visit www.clinkfestival.com.
About the CLINK Wine & Spirits Festival
CLINK is a Chicago-based wine and spirits festival dedicated to showcasing women, black, indigenous, and people of color in the industry. Created to educate, empower and encourage minority women to achieve their dreams, CLINK is a representation of women collaborating to create an experience that will shine a light on the success of BIPOC women and entrepreneurs across the country.