Saturday, May 23, 2009

Maryland WInes Festivals...This Weekend and for the Rest of the Year


2009 Wine Festivals
One of the best kept secrets of these major wine festivals is how much time and energy they save you. Just think of having to drive from Deep Creek Lake in far-western Maryland to the Eastern Shore and Southern Maryland to visit every winery. The festivals bring Maryland’s finest wines to your backyard, saving you a couple tanks of rather expensive gas. And since many of the wineries offer special festival pricing, you can use that saved cash to take home a few bottles of your new favorite wines.


MAY – Chesapeake Bay Wine Festival
Chesapeake Bay Wine Festival
May 30-31, 2009
Stevensville, Queen Anne's County
www.chesapeakebaywinefestival.org

Can you think of anything more fun and enjoyable than spending a beautiful sunny day on the sandy shores of the Chesapeake Bay sipping wine? We can't either, so plan to join us at the 2nd Annual Chesapeake Bay Wine Festival held at Terrapin Nature Park in Stevensville.


JUNE – Great Grapes! Wine, Arts and Food Festival
Great Grapes! Wine, Arts and Food Festival
June 13-14, 2009
12 - 6 pm
Oregon Ridge Park
Cockeysville, Maryland

Celebrate Maryland wine with tastings from the wineries, culinary favorites from local restaurants and caterers, handmade crafts, and live jazz, blues and oldies music on two stages. Admission includes souvenir wine glass and ten tastings.

Tickets are available online at www.uncorkthefun.com or by calling 800-830-3976.


SEPTEMBER – The Maryland Wine Festival®
The 26th Anniversary Maryland Wine Festival®
September 19-20, 2009
Sat 10-6 pm, Sun 12-6 pm
Carroll County Farm Museum
Westminster, Carroll County

See all the details of the State's oldest and largest wine festival at marylandwinefestival.org.


OCTOBER – Riverside Winefest at Sotterley
Riverside Winefest at Sotterley
October 3-4, 2009
12-6 pm
Historic Sotterley
Hollywood, St. Mary's County

This festival is set on the historic grounds of Historic Sotterley. More information is available at www.sotterley.org or 301-373-2280 or 800-681-0850.


OCTOBER – Eastern's Bayside Blues & Wine Fest
Eastern's Bayside Blues & Wine Fest
October 10, 2009
12-6 pm
Eastern Yacht Club
2330 Seneca Rd
Essex, MD 21221

Blues Music by Blue Streak Rhythm & Blues, Skyla Burrell Band, Ursula Ricks Project, Twine Time and Automatic Slim. For More Information call Ellen Richards 703-481-6525 or elensrich@aol.com, or Sharon Miller 410-391-2251. Tickets are $20 in advance/$25 at door.


OCTOBER – Autumn Wine Festival
Autumn Wine Festival
October 17-18, 2009
Pemberton Historical Park
Salisbury, Maryland

The event will feature wines from Maryland wineries, as well as local cuisine, juried arts & fine crafts and live entertainment. More information is available at www.autumnwinefestival.org/ or by calling the Visitor's Bureau at (410) 548-4914 or (800) 332-TOUR.