Carroll festival offers wining, dining

Vintage: Event offers a chance to taste and buy Maryland wines and other regional specialties.

September 09, 2001

Maryland wineries will showcase their products at the Maryland Wine Festival next weekend at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 16. The $15 admission charge for adults age 21 and older with valid ID entitles participants to an engraved wine glass, 10 samples of Maryland wines, admission to a wine education seminar, continuous live entertainment and access to more than 60 craft vendors and 30 food vendors, farmhouse tours and artisan demonstrations. Those younger than age 21 are admitted free with a paying adult. Pets are not allowed on museum grounds.

Many wine-related activities will be featured. The annual Governor's Cup Trophy winner will be announced at 1:45 p.m. Saturday.

Wine education seminars will explain what to look for when choosing a wine.

Winemaking demonstrations will show how wine is made, starting with fresh grapes and proceeding through the crushing, pressing and fermentation processes. Fresh-squeezed grape juice will be available to taste.

Homemade wines may be entered in the amateur wine judging.

The Maryland Dairy Industry Association will participate in the festival for the second year, offering cheese products for sampling and purchase, along with educational and other materials.

Food booths will offer cuisine from area restaurants, and artisans will offer their wares for sale. The Farm Museum's artisans will demonstrate lost crafts.

"Poe," the Baltimore Ravens mascot, will appear from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Regional performers will provide live entertainment both days. Saturday's line-up will feature the Chris Vadala Jazz Quintet at 11 a.m., oldies band Big Cam and the Lifters at 1 p.m., Mike Dugan and the Blues Mission Band at 3 p.m., and the Dixieland group Bourbon Street Ramblers at 5 p.m.

Entertainment Sept. 16 will include jazz performers the Carl Filipiak Jazz Group at noon, Zydeco-swing-rock 'n' roll group the Crawdaddies at 2 p.m., Mike Dugan and the Blues Mission Band at 3 p.m., contemporary a cappella group DiVinci's Notebook at 4 p.m., and the Bourbon Street Ramblers at 5 p.m.

The American Lung Association will sponsor a bike tour to benefit children with asthma Saturday, with 10-, 30- and 62.5-mile tours to choose from. Bikers are asked to obtain at least $70 in pledges; those with $100 or more in pledges will receive free entry to the festival. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. Information on the bike tour: 800-642-1184.

A free handicapped-accessible shuttle is available at the satellite parking at Carroll Community College on Route 32.

The Farm Museum also is seeking volunteers to sell tickets, check IDs, staff the glass tent and perform other tasks. Call the museum for details.

Information: 410-848-7775 or 410-876-2667, or the Web site, ccgov.carr.org/farm.

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