Clevelanders have Vintage Ohio at Lake Metroparks Farmpark to look forward to in August (more information to come in a future article) but if you can't wait that long to sample some excellent Ohio wines and some great food then head to Columbus, Ohio on Friday, July 11, Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13 for the 13th annual North Market Ohio Wine Festival. It is approximately a 2 hour drive from Cleveland.
North Market Ohio Wine Festival Featured at the North Market Ohio Wine Festival (Central Ohio's premier wine-tasting event) will be 21 Ohio wineries, cooking demonstrations, live music, a Saturday Farmer's Market and Flea Market.
Among some of the Ohio wineries in attendance will be Debonne Vineyards (Madison), Firelands Winery (Sandusky), Ferrante Winery (Geneva), Raven's Glenn Winery (West Lafayette), Wyandotte Winery (Columbus), Maize Valley Winery (Hartville) and St. Joseph Winery (Thompson). Other Northern Ohio wineries participating include Marrko Vineyard (Conneaut) and The Winery at Wolf Creek (Norton).
The wineries will offer wine tasting and wine by the glass, bottle or case will be available for purchase. Festivities kick off on Friday evening with a "Meet the Winemakers and Celebrity Wine Pourers" event from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cooking demonstrations and sampling will be conducted by chefs from Columbus local restaurants and North Market merchants on both Saturday and Sunday.
Live musical entertainment will be offered all weekend.
On Saturday, be sure to catch the Ohio Lamb Jam where lamb dishes will be prepared by top chefs in Ohio in a competition.Visitors will be able to observe the chefs in action in addition to enjoying some free samples and receiving lamb recipes.
Festival hours on Friday, July 11 are 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Festival hours on Saturday, July 12 are noon - 9 p.m. and hours are noon - 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Tasting admission for both Saturday and Sunday is $25 and it includes 10 tasting tickets, a souvenir glass and a $5 food certificate to use with Festival vendors and market merchants.
For more information about the North Market Ohio Wine Festival call 614-463-9664 or get online at www.northmarket.com.
North Market is located at 59 Spruce Street in Columbus, Ohio. It is approximately a 2 hour drive from Cleveland.