Two-day Carroll County festival to feature nine state wineries

September 18, 1998

The best wines in Maryland will be featured at the 1998 Maryland Wine Festival tomorrow and Sunday at the Carroll County Farm Museum.

Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $15 for adults 21 and over with identification, and includes an engraved wine glass, 10 1-ounce samples, seminars and tours of the museum's farmhouse.

Nine Maryland wineries will showcase their vintage wines. The Governor's Cup Trophy winner for the best wine in Maryland will be announced tomorrow. Amateur winemakers will have a competition tomorrow.

The American Wine Society will have wine-tasting seminars explaining the sensory aspects of wine from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Food booths will offer a variety of cuisine from area restaurants, and craft artisans will sell their wares.

This year, a silent auction will be held from 10 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m. tomorrow. Artworks, signed books, a fireplace insert, a Ravens autographed football and a gourmet food basket are some of the items on the block.

Museum artisans will demonstrate lost crafts. Other artists will display and sell their works on the grounds. Wine festival memorabilia also will be sold.

Performers will provide live entertainment both days. Music will be provided tomorrow by the Kiss Tyler Band at 11 a.m., Chris Vadala and Friends at noon, Swing Central at 1 p.m., the Moonlighters at 2 p.m., the Patty Reese Band at 3 p.m., and the Bourbon Street Ramblers at 5 p.m.

On Sunday, Factory Horse plays at noon, the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble at 1 p.m., the Carl Filipiak Group at 2 p.m., Big Cam and the Lifters at 4 p.m. and the Bourbon Street Ramblers at 5 p.m.

The American Lung Association will sponsor a bike tour tomorrow covering 10, 25 or 50 miles. Bikers are asked to obtain at least $70 in pledges, and those with $100 or more will receive free entry to the festival. Registration is from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

The museum is at 500 S. Center St., Westminster.

Information: 410-848-7775.

Pub Date: 9/18/98

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