Wine festival opens Saturday

Tastings, demonstrations featured at Carroll Farm Museum

September 10, 2006

The 23rd annual Maryland Wine Festival 2006 will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster.

Admission is $20 for adults 21 and older with valid identification; $5 for ages 7 to 20; and free for 6 and under with a paying adult. The adult admission includes a 2006 logo-engraved wineglass, wine education seminars and up to 20 samples of Maryland wines.

Fourteen Maryland wineries will participate with their finest vintages. The American Wine Society will present educational seminars on wine and health and using the sensory wine rating scale.

Demonstrations on making wine, from picking fresh grapes to crushing, pressing and fermenting, will be held.

Also on the grounds will be 60 juried craft vendors and more than 20 food vendors.

On Saturday, the American Lung Association of Maryland will hold its annual Wine Festival Bike Tour fundraiser.

Performing on stage Saturday will be: Blues Works, 11 a.m.; Rita Clarke & the Naturals, rhythm and blues, noon; JUNKYARD Saints, 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.; Gail Marten & the Clem Ehoff Trio, jazz, 3 p.m.; Mike Dugan & Blues Mission 4 p.m.; Bourbon Street Ramblers, Dixieland jazz, 5 p.m.,

Next Sunday's performers are: Tom Principato Band, jazz, noon; Big Cam & the Lifters, oldies rock `n' roll, 1 p.m. to 2:45; Eric Byrd Trio, jazz, 3 p.m.; Mike Dugan & Blues Mission, 4 p.m.; Bourbon Street Ramblers, 5 p.m.

Shuttle parking is available at Carroll Community College, Route 32 off Route 97, and the County Office Building at 225 N. Center St. Additional museum parking is available at the Agriculture Center off Smith Avenue.

The wine festival is in need of volunteers both days. Volunteers receive a free pass to the festival. To volunteer, call 410-386-3882.

Information: 410-386-3880 or 800-654-4645.

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