Wednesday, June 23, 2010

More than 200 Wines To Be Tasted At Cleveland Wine Festival June 25-26

The fifth annual Cleveland Wine Festival presented by Giant Eagle is set for June 25 and 26 at its new location – Nautica Pavilion on the West Bank of downtown Cleveland’s Flats (2014 Sycamore Street).

The event offers a variety of tastings, food and wine education, and cooking demonstrations in a fabulous setting along the Cuyahoga River. Festival guests can taste from a selection of 200 international, domestic and Ohio wines and enjoy food from fine Northeast Ohio establishments. The festival main stage will showcase live musical entertainment throughout the two-day event.

Back by popular demand is the Belgian Beer Café presented by Stella Artois. Special guest and Master Beer Sommelier Marc Stroobandt returns to highlight the natural affinity between Belgian beer and fine food. He will educate attendees on proper beer pouring techniques, the importance of using the right glassware as well as offer food pairing ideas for Belgian beers Stella Artois, Hoegaarden and Leffe.

Adult Wine Tasting Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the gate. This ticket price includes a souvenir wine glass, 10 tastings, a Festival Program and food and wine demonstrations and musical entertainment. Additional tasting coupons may be purchased at the festival. Designated Driver Tickets are $10 in advance or at the gate. This ticket includes two non-alcoholic drinks, a Festival Program, food and wine seminars, access to cooking demonstrations, musical entertainment and a souvenir wine glass upon departure. Attendees under 21 are admitted for free when accompanied by a paid adult. For groups of 15 or more, tasting tickets are discounted to $22.50. To purchase group tickets, order 15 or more tickets online or call 877-772-5425.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by phone at 877-772-5425. Phone center hours are 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Central time – 7 days a week. Tickets will also be available for purchase on-site at Nautica Pavilion the day of the festival.

The Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center is featuring an exclusive “Sip, Savor and Sleep” package (available June 25 and 26 only). The package includes: concierge guest room accommodations – high floor, view, private lounge; valet parking; two tickets to the Wine Festival; two wine tastings at the Festival; a welcome bottle of wine in your room upon arrival; and, breakfast for two in David’s Restaurant or in the concierge lounge. Call 216-696-9200 for reservations and details.

The festival’s proceeds will benefit the Bright Side of the Road Foundation. The non-profit organization ( was founded by Clevelander Barry Winovich to help find a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), the devastating disease commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Festival hours are Friday from 4:00-10:00 p.m. and Saturday from 3:00-9:00 p.m. For more event details, visit or call 847-382-1480. Follow the festival on Twitter at and become a fan on Facebook at

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