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Las Olas Wine and Food Festival draws 2,000

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      Nearly 2,000 hedonists walked up and down Las Olas Boulevard on Thursday evening sampling wines and spirits and tasting appetizers supplied by local restaurants at the Las Olas Wine and Food Festival. The annual event benefits the American Lung Asslciation of Florida – South Area.

      “I like this festival because it isn’t so crowded,” said Saul Larson, of Hollywood

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     Here’s who’s in the photos, in order from the top:

     1. Wine rep pours a kir royale, Korbel sparkling wine and Raspberry Chambord liqueur, for Linda Ritchie of Lauderdale by the Sea.

     2. Jamie Kahns, left, and Carol Palacios, members of St. Petersburg American Lung Association, sip vodka and Sprite. “We’re here to learn about this festival to maybe start one in St. Petersburg or Sarasota,” Kahns said.

     3. Kennon Hetlage of Fort Lauderdale samples sushi, scallops wrapped in bacon.

     4. From left, Erika Pager, Laura Mogilewski and Cynthia Kounaris of Fort Lauderdale load up on ribs, cole slaw.

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