The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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June 18, 2014

2014 Lake Erie Wine Fest is this weekend in GOTL

GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE — The 2014 Lake Erie Wine Fest is about to begin. The two-day event at The Landing Festival Marketplace runs Saturday and Sunday.

This year’s fest features wine from 15 Ohio wineries and vineyards, as well as live musical entertainment and wine-related crafts from more than 50 vendors.

The event is part of the state’s designated Ohio Wine Month. According to 2014 Lake Erie Wine Fest Special Events Coordinator Brook Hall, the fest is one of Ohio Wine Month’s premiere events.

“This is our fifth year of wine fests,” said Hall. “It takes nearly a year to get everything ready. We’ve got quite a festival planned, with all kinds of activities for not only wine aficionados, but everyone in the family.”

Hall said last year more than 2,800 people attended the Lake Erie Wine Fest during the two-day period. He said local wineries and vineyards have become known as the ‘Napa Valley of the east.’

“People come from all over the state and beyond to attend the fest,” Hall said. “They come from Cleveland, Erie, Columbus, Pittsburgh and everywhere Ohio wines are known and loved.”

This year’s wine tasting samples come from Al-Bi Winery in Sherrodsville, Buccia Vineyard in Conneaut, Deer’s Leap Winery in Geneva, Emerine Estates Winery in Jefferson, Goddess Wine House in Saybrook, It’s You Winery in Akron, The Lakehouse Winery in Geneva-on-the-Lake, Maize Valley Winery in Hartville, Latus Winery in Wakeman, Meniru Meadery in Canton, Old Firehouse Winery in Geneva-on-the-Lake, Old Mill Winery in Geneva, Spring Hill Winery in Geneva, Virant Family Winery in Harpersfield and Your Wine Cellar in Strongsville.

Hall said tickets to the event are $25 for adults, and an additional $5 for the adult Wine Adventure. A designated driver costs $10 and for attendees under 21 $10.

This year’s Lake Erie Wine Fest features a variety of musical styles and entertainment from Rob Covert, the band Miles Beyond and the band Next Best Thing.

There will be crafters with wine-related slants, as well as vendors of all kinds.

“We’ll have handcrafted handbags, jewelry, candy and fudge, wine related craft items and as many as 60 different vendors,” Hall said. “There will even be a blacksmith demonstration.”

Valet parking will be provided.

The Landing Festival Marketplace is located at 5481 Lake Road E. in Geneva-on-the-Lake, in the old Erieview Amusement Park, on the lake. The Landing Festival Marketplace is owned by the Old Firehouse Winery.

Lake Erie Wine Fest runs from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday Call 1-800-518-8650 for information.

 

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