Md. Wine Festival set for next weekend in Westminster

Farm Museum event has music, food and crafts

September 15, 2002

The 19th annual Maryland Wine Festival at the Carroll County Farm Museum will feature the best wines that the 11 Maryland wineries have to offer, along with on-stage entertainment by local musicians, handmade crafts and a selection of food for all palates.

The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22. Co-sponsors include the Association of Maryland Wineries, Maryland Grape Growers Association and American Wine Society.

Admission is $15 for adults age 21 and older with ID and includes a logo-engraved wine glass, 10 1-ounce samples of Maryland wines, attendance at the wine education seminars, entertainment, farmhouse and building tours, and period artisan exhibits and demonstrations. Children younger than 21 are admitted free if accompanied by a paying adult.

More than 60 craft vendors will offer hand-crafted items for sale, and food from about 30 establishments will be sold.

This year's entertainment line-up begins at 11 a.m. Saturday with Chris Vadala, jazz quintet; 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., Big Cam and the Lifters, oldies rock 'n' roll; 1:45 p.m., Governor's Cup Trophy awarded; 3 p.m., Mike Dugan and the Blues Mission Band; 5 p.m., Bourbon Street Ramblers, Dixieland.

Sunday's entertainment begins at noon with the new group Krewe of Renagades, Mardi Gras Hip Shakin' jazz; 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., Carl Filipiak, jazz; 1:45 p.m., Governor's Cup Trophy awarded; 3 p.m., Crawdaddies, Zydeco-swing-rock 'n' roll; 4 p.m., Mike Dugan and the Blues Mission Band; 5 p.m., Bourbon Street Ramblers, Dixieland.

Wine education seminars will offer tips on what to look for when choosing a wine, using the sensory wine-rating scale for appearance, nose, body, taste and character. Wine-making demonstrations will be held both days.

The Amateur Wine Judging will take place at 1 p.m. Sept. 22. Each preregistered entry will receive a certificate of participation, along with a copy of the judges' rating form.

The 12th annual Maryland Wine Festival Bike Tour also will be held Saturday morning. Sponsored by the American Lung Association, the event offers bikers the opportunity to complete a 10-, 25- or 50-mile bike route to raise money for research and support of victims of lung disease. Registrants receive a discounted admission into the festival and a variety of other bonuses, including a commemorative T-shirt. Information: American Lung Association of Maryland at 800-642-1184.

The Carroll County Arts Guild will hold an art show and sale on the grounds both days.

Displays in the farmhouse will include 40 years of Mason Dixon Historical Society memorabilia in the showcase, and vegetables from the museum's Heirloom Garden.

Free handicapped-accessible shuttle service is provided from Carroll Community College on Route 32.

The Farm Museum has many volunteer opportunities available during the wine festival. Anyone interested in helping out for a few hours is asked to call 410-848-7775 for more information and to sign up.

The Carroll County Farm Museum is at 500 S. Center St. in Westminster.

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