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Local Wine Festival Proceeds To Benefit Charity

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Hattiesburg is getting national attention from a major magazine  about local wine festival that's happing this weekend.

The business magazine, Forbes, did a special write up this week about the Purple Parrot Café's Wine Festival.

Robert St. John, owner of the restaurant and sponsor of the event, said he's glad that Forbes is shining light on Hattiesburg.

"We are brining in wine makers from all over the world," he said. "Guys and ladies from France, Spain, South America, New Zealand, Napa Valley."

"A lot of times you don't expect something like that to be going on in downtown Hattiesburg," said St. John.

"The event will be held at the Train Depot Friday and begins at 6. The cost is $75 for all you can eat and drink; but St. John said people should want to attend for another reason.

"By coming to this event you are going to help feed people in need," he said. "That's the main thing."

The non-profit extra table will receive all the proceeds from this event.

"It's a non-profit charity that helps supply mission pantries and soup kitchens in this area," he said.

St. John started the organization four years ago.

"One day in 2009, I got a call from the Edwards Street Fellowship Center and they had run out of food," said St. John. "They asked if I could help."

 "There's a hunger problem in Mississippi."

He said it's a problem that can be fixed with the help of others.

Over 640,000 citizens of Mississippians are what the government calls food insecure  and 150,000 of those are kids," St. John said.

He hopes this event will bring more light to this issue. This is the ninth time he has sponsored the event and last year about 150 people attended.

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