Here's your opportunity for a Fall island getaway and the opportunity to celebrate with some award-winning Ohio wines. Just hop a ferry and go to the 11th annual Put-in-Bay Wine Festival being held on South Bass Island at DeRivera Park on Saturday, October 5.
Put-in-Bay Wine Festival Showcasing Ohio wineries in the Lake Erie region, the Put-in-Bay Wine Festival will feature more than 400 domestic and international wines that will be available for sampling. Included in those wines will be some award-winning wines produced at South Bass Island's own Heineman Winery and from Put-in-Bay Winery.
There will also be plenty of good food from local restaurants available for purchase like appetizers, sandwiches and plates of fruit and cheese.
Visitors will be able to participate in a silent auction where they can bid on a variety of items including vacation packages and large bottles of wine. Guests will also have the chance to buy bottles of wine to take home.
Admission to the Put-in-Bay Wine Festival is $6 (which includes a souvenir wine glass) with sampling tickets costing $1 each. Sample prices range from $1-$4 with most running $1 - $2.
Hours for the Festival are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. You must be at least 21 years of age to participate in the tastings or to purchase wine. Parking is free.
To get to Put-in-Bay you will need to come in a boat, fly in or take a ferry. Miller Boat Line Ferries offers regular service at a cost of $7 (one way) for adults. The Miller ferries leave from Catawba (Rt. 53 N. off Rt. 2 ) and offer an 18 minute ride to Put-in-Bay. Call 800-500-2421 or get online at www.millerferry.com for more information.
You can also catch a ride on the Jet Express out of Port Clinton. Cost is $14.99 for adults. Call 800-245-1JET or get online at www.jet-express.com for more information or schedules.
For more information about the Put-in-Bay Wine Festival call 419-285-2832 or get online at www.visitputinbay.com.
The Put-in-Bay Wine Festival will be held at the island's DeRivera Park on Delaware Ave. It is approximately an hour drive from Cleveland to Catawba or Port Clinton where you can catch transportation to Put-in-Bay.