MILTON — Nearly 10 months after allowing alcohol sales within city limits, Milton’s Parks and Recreation Department and the Guy Thompson Community Center will host a food, wine and craft beer festival in the downtown historic district.

The Milton Food, Wine and Brew Festival will be held from 12-5 p.m. Oct. 7 in the new festival area on South Willing Street. City Manager Brian Watkins said that he brought the idea before the city council,  to make sure they were okay with it before planning took place.

“I think there are still a lot of details that need to be worked out, how we’re going to put it all together, all the facts,” Watkins said. “But I wanted to make sure the city council was okay with what we were doing before we committed a lot of time and energy into doing it.”

The City Council approved this event at the July 11 council meeting, with opposition from Councilwomen Pat Lunsford and Peggi Smith.

Lunsford has consistently shown her disapproval of allowing alcohol within the city. Smith, although in support of alcohol sales, said that she believes the city is ill-prepared to host an event such as the Milton Food, Wine & Brew Festival this year, and that the city needs more time to do it right. However, the rest of the city council approved the idea and many residents are in favor of the festival.

According to Watkins, the cost of the event for the city will be $5,000, which will cover the cost of a liquor license to allow vendors to sell alcohol on the premises, as well as equipment for vendors and everything else that goes into coordinating the event. The city is currently looking for sponsors for the festival.

Councilman Casey Powell said that he would like to see information after the event about the money spent and the city’s revenue. According to Watkins, the revenue received from the event will go into the city’s general fund.

“We were looking for something different to maybe try to start up another annual event going on downtown; something different than what we have seen in Milton before,” Watkins said. “We had done the 5K run in the past, and it started out small, then we got about 500 runners, and we did it for two or three years in a row, and it just wouldn’t get over the hump. It didn’t continue to grow and develop like we had thought, so at this point, we thought maybe we would try something else.”

The festival will feature vendors from multiple Florida wineries, local craft breweries, food trucks and a mix of artists from the region. Local artists will perform live music on the Blackwater stage during the event.

“We are looking to have 20 vendors and five food trucks,” LaNiece Tyree, events coordinator for Milton Parks and Recreation, said. “We have quite a few signed up already, and there is no cost to the vendor to participate outside of a $25 gift certificate to give away at the festival.”

The cost to attend the festival is $20; the city will not sell alcoholic beverages, but instead, there will be wine and beer samples available to taste; if participants enjoy what they sample, they can purchase bottles of the beverages from the vendors themselves.

Participants can purchase tickets at the Guy Thompson Community Center at 5629 Byrom Street in Milton prior to the event or the day of at the event location. The festival is a rain or shine event, participants must be 21 years of age or older and pets are not allowed on premises.