Saturday, May 21, 2011

12th Annual Vintage Indiana Wine & Food Festival Slated June 4 in Indianapolis

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Wine sampling from more than two dozen Indiana wineries will share the spotlight with musicians Brigid’s Cross, Jennie DeVoe and The Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band at the 12th annual Vintage Indiana Wine & Food Festival. The popular outdoor fest is slated for Saturday, June 4, 11 am to 7 pm at Military Park in Downtown Indianapolis. Over 10,000 wine, food and music aficionados from throughout the Midwest are expected at this family-friendly event.

The wineries will offer literally hundreds of Indiana wines for tasting. Wine sampling and all entertainment, including the concerts, are included in the ticket price. Advance sale tickets are available now at Marsh Supermarkets, participating wineries and on-line at Tickets are $22 for adults (age 21 and over) in advance; $25 at the gate. Designated drivers can attend the festival for only $10 – and receive free Pepsi products all day long. Tickets for youths ages 6-20 are $5, while children 5 and under are free.

“Vintage Indiana has become one of those annual ‘must attend’ events,” said Jeanette Merritt, director of marketing for the Indiana Wine Grape Council. “People love listening to our top name entertainment line-up, learning new food and wine pairings during cooking stage demos, exploring new food sensations served up by our on-site vendors, and, of course, discovering exciting new favorites from our Indiana wine makers.” Among wines sampled will be the state’s signature wine, Traminette.

A wide variety of cuisine from several of the state’s top eateries will be available for purchase at the event. Festivalgoers also will enjoy an eclectic arts & crafts showcase, the interactive KidZone presented by Indy’s Child, and mouth-watering cooking demos from the Wine & Food Experience Pavilion stage sponsored by Clark Appliance and the Indiana State Poultry Association.

Proceeds from Vintage Indiana benefit the Indiana Wine Grape Council, a not-for-profit advisory organization that furthers the development of Indiana’s wine industry from its headquarters at Purdue University. Over 50 wineries operate within the Hoosier state, whose wine industry dates all the way back to 1802.

For advance sale tickets or for more information, log on at The 12th annual Vintage Indiana Wine & Food Festival is presented by the Indiana Wine Grape Council. Festival partners include Indiana’s Family of Farmers, NUVO Newsweekly, Indiana State Poultry Association, WISH-TV, American Dairy Association of Indiana, MyNDY-TV/23, Clark Appliance, 93.3 WTTS, National Turkey Federation, Indianapolis Ambassadors, Indy’s Child, and Marsh Supermarkets.

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