Set for Friday, July 29, and Saturday, July 30, the sixth annual wine festival will offer a variety of tastings, food and wine education, and cooking demonstrations in a scenic setting on the shores of Lake Erie. Festival guests can taste from a selection of more than 270 international, domestic and Ohio wines and enjoy food from fine Northeast Ohio establishments, including La Strada, La Dolce Vita, Ponte Vecchio Ristorante, Zinc Bistro, Morton's The Steakhouse, and Angelo's Pizza of Lakewood.
Back by popular demand is the Belgian Beer Café featuring Belgian beers Stella Artois, Hoegaarden and Leffe. The Lincoln Entertainment Stage will showcase live music throughout the two-day event featuring the Lloyd Dobler Effect and Michael Heaton Band.
Adult Wine Tasting Tickets are $27 in advance (purchased online) and $35 at the door. This ticket includes a souvenir wine glass, ten tastings, festival program, food and wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, musical entertainment, and the opportunity to purchase wine at a discount.
Additional tasting coupons may be purchased at the festival. Designated driver tickets are $10 in advance or at the door. This ticket includes two non-alcoholic drinks, festival program, food and wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, musical entertainment, and a souvenir wine glass upon departure. Those under 21 admitted free when accompanied by paid adult.
Among the wineries and distributors pouring wine are: Aveniu Brands, Banfi Vintners, Buckeye Distributing, Consellation Wines US, Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines, E&J Gallo Winery, Ferrante Winery, Gnarly Head, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, Heck Estates, Laurello Vineyards, Maize Valley Winery, Mezzacorona Wines - Prestige Wine Imports, Michael David Winery, Rodney Strong Vineyards, Treasury Wine Estates, and Trinchero Family Estates. That's a pretty impressive lineup.
The Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center is featuring an exclusive “Sip, Savor and Sleep” package (available July 29 and 30 only). Call 216-696-9200 for reservations and details.
Sponsors of this year’s festival are: Giant Eagle, Lincoln, Bright Side of the Road Foundation, Stella Artois, Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center, U.S. Bank, and Aruba Tourism, with support from the following media partners – Cleveland Magazine, Ohio Magazine, Q104, Metromix Cleveland, The Wine Buzz and Cleveland.com.
The festival’s proceeds will benefit the Bright Side of the Road Foundation. The non-profit organization was founded by Chagrin Falls resident Barry Winovich to help find a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), the devastating disease commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The 2011 Cleveland Wine Festival is produced and managed by inPLAY EVENTS, a corporate events and marketing consulting company.
Festival hours are Friday from 4:00 to 10:00 PM and Saturday from 3:00 to 9:00 PM. For more details, visit www.clevelandwinefestival.com or call 847-382-1480.