SANDUSKY, OHIO --- Celebrating eleven years, the annual Toast of Ohio Wine Heritage Festival will take place on Saturday, July 25, 2015 in downtown Sandusky ’s Veterans Park , located next to the Merry-Go-Round Museum at 301 Jackson St . The festival will feature ten fabulous Ohio wineries, gourmet food, live musical entertainment, and a juried art show in neighboring Washington Park . The festival grounds are open Saturday from noon - 8 pm.
Admission is just $5.00 per person and includes a souvenir Toast of Ohio wine glass and two complimentary wine tastings. Tickets will also be available to purchase for exchange of wine tastings. Wine tasting tickets are $1 each and glass pours will vary by vendor.
Participating wineries include Paper Moon Vineyards, Firelands Winery, Ferrante Winery, Maize Valley Winery, Viking Vineyards, Stoney Ridge Winery, Humble Bee Vineyards, Quarry Hill Winery, D & D Smith Winery, and Chateau Tebeau.
Delicious food selections will be offered by: Krav Food Truck, Cold Creek, GessWho Tacos, and Gram’s Goodies.
A variety of musical entertainment and family fun activities will occur throughout the day, including performances from The Brad Walk Trio and Summer of ‘65. The adjacent Merry-Go-Round Museum will offer special $2 admission during the festival from 10 am to 5 pm.
Admission fees benefit the sponsoring Merry-Go-Round Museum . New local retailer Vine & Olive Mediterranean Bakery, Foods & Wine has come aboard this year as a major event sponsor. Other sponsors include Ohio Grape Industries, Ohio Magazine, and Lake Erie Shores & Islands.
The Lake Erie Shores & Islands region once featured huge vineyards that spread from east of Sandusky to the western region near the bay because of the lakeshore climate. The Toast of Ohio event was developed to celebrate the area’s winemaking heritage. Today, dozens of wineries still operate in the region. Make a weekend of it with lodging packages available at SHORESandISLANDS.com and tour the area’s wineries. Call 1.800.255.3743 for information.
Photo by Angelo Cesare