Monday, July 14, 2014

Vintage Ohio Wine Festival Celebrates 20th Year August 1-2

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The first of its kind Ohio wine and food event will celebrate its 20th anniversary this August 1-2 in beautiful Lake County. Colorful tents, rolling hills, picnic tables, and groves of tall oaks provide a tranquil setting for the festivities. Vintage Ohio is the most acclaimed summer wine and food festival between the Appalachians and Rockies and is the model for dozens of similar events in Ohio and in a several other states.  

This year, 16 wineries will be on hand to 'take the mystery out of wine appreciation - and celebrate the unprecedented growth of the grape and wine industry in the Buckeye State.

Sophisticated, world-class wines like Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc or Riesling will interest connoisseurs. Fun-to-drink fruit wines made from fresh strawberries, blackberries, peaches and raspberries will appeal to those new to the wine experience. Whether one enjoys red, white, blush, dry, sweet or something in-between, there will be an opportunity to find a favorite 'Vintage Experience.' Attendees may also learn more about wine at the wine education demonstrations presented by the American Wine Society. Those 21+ may purchase wine to go at the "Wine Store" to take home the Vintage Ohio experience.

Some of the area's best musicians will be performing continuously on three stages. So whether one enjoys the smoothness of jazz, delights in the nostalgia of oldies, or prefers more upbeat rhythms, they will find something that suits their fancy at Vintage Ohio.

Pairings Ohio's Wine & Culinary Experience tent will host cooking demonstrations by some of the area's top chefs. At Vintage Ohio, Cleveland's hottest food trucks, restaurants and caterers will showcase delicious food. Select from scrumptious Crab Cakes, Shrimp Skewers, BBQ Ribs, Mahi Mahi, Oysters, Piquant Chicken, Veggie Platters, Bison Roast, Smoked Turkey Legs, Corned Beef, Creole Jambalaya, Gourmet Cheeses, and dozens of other dishes.

Crafters and artists will be on site with their wares for people to do a little shopping. Clothing, hats, jewelry, vases, glass works, wine glass holders are just of few of the many options available to consumers. Garden and vineyard tours are available at the Plant Science Center on the festival grounds.  See the spectacular fireworks Friday night.

Vintage Ohio is held in conjunction with Lake Metroparks. No food or beverages may be brought on to the grounds. No pets are permitted on the field or in cars.

Vintage Ohio is held at Lake Metroparks Farmpark at 8800 Euclid-Chardon Road in Kirtland, Ohio 44094.

Adult Sampler Ticket: $35 at the Gate, $30 in advance. This includes entry to the festival, a souvenir wine glass, American Wine Association sessions, cooking demonstrations, three stages of entertainment, shopping from local artisans, Friday fireworks and more. Wine also available to be purchased by the glass and bottle. Two-day Sampler Tickets are discounted at : $45 per person. Designated Driver/Foodie Ticket: $12 (Includes entry to the festival, up to 5 soft drinks from the designated driver booths, American Wine Association sessions, cooking demonstrations, three stages of entertainment, shopping from local artisans, Friday fireworks and more. You are not permitted to sample wine, but may purchase wine to take home). Children's Ticket: $3 Includes entry to the festival only for children 4-17. Children three and under are free. Tickets are good for either day. All tickets sales are final and nonrefundable. Food and some activities are not included in the admission price.

The Vintage Ohio Wine Festival is produced by Ohio Wine Producers Association.  For additional information: www.OhioWines.org or at www.VisitVintage.com Ohio or call 800-227-6972.

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