Vintage Ohio -- Ohio's premier wine and food event -- is just around the corner. Begin planning your trip to this year's event August 2 & 3 today.
The festival, which celebrates Ohio wineries and offers ample tastings, takes place annually at the Lake Metroparks Farmpark, in Kirtland, Ohio -- just outside of Cleveland. The two day event takes place from 1 to 10 p.m. each day.
I attended Vintage Ohio last year for the first time and was amazed by the number of tastings available -- along with the casual, fun atmosphere. From fresh food to order, samples, craft tents, live entertainment and even dessert from vendors such as East Coast Custard, the Vintage Ohio festival has much more to offer than simply wine.
Dress comfortably for what is usually a warm time of the year. Consider pairing your attendance at Vintage Ohio with a weekend getaway to Cleveland and all the metro area has to offer. Folks who attend the Friday night will be treated to fireworks at dusk as well. A special "Meet the Maker" event costs an additional $15 and gives one-on-one access to a winemaker along with 10 additional samples and a plate of light appetizers.
Insider Tip: Purchase your tickets at a Northeast Ohio Giant Eagle store for a discounted price. Alternately, if you are coming from out of town you can purchases tickets online or via phone in advance for a reduced price as well. Also note that tickets for designated drivers are sold at a reduced price too!
General admission includes 25 wine tastings -- more than enough for most connoisseurs, along with a Vintage Ohio engraved wine glass. You can also purchase wine by the glass or bottle on-site. Visit Vintage Ohio online for a full schedule of events, lodging accommodations and festival details. You can also follow Vintage Ohio on Facebook and Twitter.