Seasonal Special Happenings

Vintage Ohio Wine Festival

When: Fri., Aug. 5 2011

The Vintage Ohio Wine Festival has been showcasing Ohio's wineries for the past 17 years, gaining a spot on most foodies' "don't miss" list in the process. And why not? "Sip a little, shop a little, enjoy some good food, and listen to terrific music," is the way Donniella Winchell sums it up, and as executive director for the sponsoring Ohio Wine Producers Association, she should know. Twenty-four Ohio wineries are represented at this year's fest, each pouring samples of their very best work. Also on hand, nearly two dozen food vendors, including StrEat Mobile Bistro, Umami Moto, and Zydeco Bistro. Of course, a favorite pastime is drunken shopping: Once you're feeling, um, relaxed, check out the array of artisans selling candles, corks, decorative bottles, jewelry, and other crafty non-essentials. And be sure to stick around for tonight's fireworks spectacular. It all happens at the bucolic Lake Farmpark today and tomorrow from 1 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance or $27 at the gate; designated drivers get in for $10. For tickets and more information, call 800-227-6972 or go to visitvintageohio.com. Lake Farmpark is at 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd. in Kirtland. — Courtney Kerrigan

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