Monday, March 12, 2012

Third Annual Great Lakes Wine Fest Scheduled At Michigan International Speedway May 19

Here’s looking at you again, Michigan International Speedway.

Michela SimonciniMichigan International Speedway, a 1,400-acre historic NASCAR racetrack in Southeastern Michigan’s Lenawee and Jackson Counties, will host its third annual Great Lakes Wine Fest presented by the Jackson County CVB on Saturday, May 19.

This event will once again feature the tastes and toasts of Michigan wineries, Michigan breweries and Michigan eateries in a unique setting — the state’s only NASCAR Sprint Cup racetrack.

“We are really excited to bring back the Great Lakes Wine Fest for the third year,” MIS President Roger Curtis said. “We had a fantastic event the past two years, and it has really grown into a can’t-miss for wineries and breweries, and for people who like sampling and enjoying the state’s wine and beer.”

The wine festival will once again be held in the speedway’s infield on Saturday, May 19. Entertainment will be featured throughout the day from the MIS stage. Other activities are also planned including wine, food and beer product vendors, tastings and displays.

Award-winning wineries from across the state of Michigan will be on hand showcasing more than 100 varieties of wine including, Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet and others.

Beer will also return to the Great Lakes Wine Fest presented by the Jackson County CVB in 2012. Nearly 20 brands of locally-brewed beers were featured at last year’s event and are expected to return.

In addition to wine and beer sampling and seminars, the festival will include an on-site retail store with select wines available for purchase. Only a handful of festivals allow guests to walk away with having purchased the wines and beers they tasted and liked, and MIS is one of them!

Advance one-day tickets are $25. Each ticket includes $10 worth of tasting tickets per day. This event is for guests 21 and older.

Tickets and details are available at www.GreatLakesWineFest.com or by calling 800-354-1010. The Twitter feed is @GLWineFest.

The event is being held in conjunction with the Michigan Wine Foundation, an organization devoted to Michigan wine education.

Camping is available for $35 for a non-electric site; and $50 for an electric site in the track’s MISCamping.com Graves Family Campground. Camping includes electric hookups. Need an RV? A turn-key camping option is available for the wine and brew fest at www.MIScamping.com.

Photo by Michela Simoncini

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