It’s a weekend full of wine parties, and that’s just the beginning
The first wave of summer wine festivals will take place over the next two weeks around central Pennsylvania and also around the mid-Atlantic.
Here are several events worth considering that are on the schedule through early June.
Name and date: Taste of Pennsylvania, May 21
Location: York Memorial Park Complex, 941 Vander Ave, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Details: This event has moved from the fairgrounds to a new location in the grassy, tree-lined fields of the park complex. Lots of open space with about 15 Pa.. wineries, food trucks and vendors. Tickets are available online only and cost between $10 and $30.
Name and date: First Choice Wine Festival, Pittsburgh, May 21
Location: Pittsburgh Shrine Center, 1877 Shriners Way Cheswick, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Details: This is the sixth annual First Choice festival, and will include wine from more than half a dozen Pa. wineries along with food, music and plenty of time to relax. The $20 entrance fee gives each attendee a festival-branded glass and all the wine they can taste. Tickets are available online and at the door.
Name and date: Springfest, May 21
Location: Nissley Vineyards, 140 Vintage Drive, Bainbridge, Lancaster County, 12-8 p.m.
Details: The winery known for its summer events will kick off early. There will be live music from three artists and bands, food trucks, lawn games, local vendors, plus Nissley’s extensive wine list. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.
Name and date: Spring Wine Festival, Skippack, May 21
Location: 4039 W. Skippack Pike, Harleysville, Montgomery County, 5-10 p.m.
Details: Sample wine from multiple Pennsylvania producers, shop at unique merchants of all types, and grab something to eat from one of the on-site food trucks. Early admission means you’ll have early access one hour before the crowds, so you’ll have more time to taste. VIP also includes an unbreakable collector’s wine (1 plastic glass per person). The ticket includes a tasting at each wine or liquor vendor. Invite your friends and enjoy all day with unlimited samples and a day filled with live bands, line dancing, Facebook contests, prizes and giveaways. Tickets are $25 and $30 and are available in advance at the door on the day of the event.
Name and date: The Taste of Wayne Experience, May 21
Location: Carlton Drake Memorial Park, Main Street, Newfoundland, Wayne County, 1-4 p.m.
Details: A community celebration of local wineries, breweries, artisans, restaurants, musicians and more. A winery and brewery tasting walk along the beautiful nature trail at Carlton Drake Memorial Park in Newfoundland will be available with the purchase of a $25 “passport” ticket. Food trucks and live music will be available to all park visitors, and the Newfoundland Farmer’s Market will be open longer with additional vendors and artisans. “A Taste of Wayne” hopes to support the growth of our local businesses, spotlight a beautiful local park, and raise funds to support the library and new projects to enrich the greater Newfoundland region.
Name and date: Wine & Jazz Festival, June 2-3
Location: Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, 7:30 p.m. June 2 and 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. June 3
Details: Enjoy the sights and sounds of live music while savoring a selection of wines in the gardens. Sip exceptional jazz and, after the sun goes down, take in the jazz-inspired ‘Take the A Train to Birdland’ illuminated fountain show to end your day. There are a variety of ticket options, although at this point it’s more about what’s left as this is such a popular event. More than two dozen national and international wineries, and a dozen pa wineries, will be represented.
Name and date: Proudly PA Festival, June 11
Location: Fort Hunter Park 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. (doors open at noon)
Details: There will be music and an abundance of mouth-watering tastes and treats, including local foods from vendors and food trucks that will be available for purchase. Wine, craft beer and distilled spirits will be available for tasting and purchase, featuring some of the finest produce from across the state. Merchants will also be on hand to sell their creations. Each guest will receive a Proudly PA! souvenir glass at the event. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the door, and kids 12 and under are free.
Name and date: Riverview Beach Park Wine Festival, May 21-22
Location: Riverview Beach Park, Pennsville, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Details: Spend the days sipping and buying from 10 New Jersey growers. There will be food trucks, artisans and music. Tickets are $15 per person for one day. Non-samplers can enter for free.
Name and date: Sip Into Summer Wine Festival, June 11-12
Location: Gloucester County 4H Fairgrounds, Mullica Hill, 12-5 p.m.
Details: Spend your days sipping and buying from a dozen New Jersey growers. The wineries will offer everything from their best seasonal wines, such as light and refreshing white wines to bold and fruity sangria, as well as all the traditional favorites. There will be food trucks, craft vendors and music. Tickets are $5 for non-samplers, $20 for samplers who buy in advance, and $25 for samplers who buy their tickets at the door.
Name and date: Wine in the Woods, May 21-22
Location: Symphony Woods Park, 5950 Symphony Woods Road, Colombia; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday
Details: Wine in the Woods is one of the region’s premier events and a source of pride for Howard County. The festival was voted the best outdoor event by Columbia Magazine in 1997 and 1998 and voted the county’s best annual festival by Howard Magazine for the past five years. There will be bands, artisans and gourmet dishes, as well as about 20 Maryland wineries. Tickets range from $25 to $70.
Name and date: DrinkMaryland: Gaithersburg, June 10
Location: Olde Towne Plaza in Gaithersburg, located near the intersection of South Summit Ave and W Diamond Ave., from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Details: Learn about the local craft beverage industry from the wineries, breweries and distilleries themselves while tasting their wares! When you find something you like, you can buy bottles and cans to take home! Admission to the event is free. All attendees can shop at featured local artisans, browse food vendors and enjoy live music. In order to receive a tasting glass, participate in tastings, and purchase drinks by the glass, attendees MUST purchase a tasting pass wristband. Tasting passes are available in advance for $20 and at the door for $25. Tasting passes are only available to event attendees 21 years of age or older with valid ID.
Name and date: Feast of St. Jude, June 11
Location: Harvest Ridge Winery, 447 Westville Road, Marydel, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.,
Details: This first country music festival will benefit children with cancer. Harvest Ridge Winery has donated over $120,000 to local charities and welcomes this new opportunity to partner with St. Jude’s. The event is family-friendly with activities for children (children under 16 are free and do not need an event ticket). Live music, Kids Zone with moon jumps and face painting, wine and cider! Making it a fun activity for the whole family. Music by Jimmy Charles and Jovon Newman. Ticket prices range from $10 to $40 for admission to the event and are available online.
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