2018 Vintage Ohio set for Aug. 3-4

What: Vintage Ohio Wine Festival

Where: Lake Metroparks Farmpark, 8800 Euclid Chardon Road, Kirtland

When: 1 to 10 p.m. Aug. 3 and 4

Why you should go: According to Donniella Winchell, executive director of the Ohio Wine Producers Association, attendance at Vintage Ohio 2017 topped out around 16,000 attendees over the two-day event, rain and all.

“Vintage has developed a national reputation,” Winchell said. “People are coming from out of state — from Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan…”

She added that Northeast Ohio’s ever-burgeoning tourism industry, replete with established and up-and-coming wineries, breweries, numerous restaurants, shops and entertainment venues, has been a boon to the event.

Some highlights Vintage Ohio has planned this year include a slate of demonstrations by celebrity chef Lisa Delgado, which are set to be streamed live on Facebook, a car show facilitated by Ganley Subaru, through which interested parties may browse new models and even take a test drive.

Winchell also said this year’s Vintage Ohio festival will boast the most product vendors the event has ever seen.

Among the other attractions offered at the Vintage Ohio Wine Festival are two stages featuring live music throughout both days. For a complete list of acts, visit the festival’s entertainment page. The event website also offers information about resources, including lodging, participating restaurants and their respective menus, exhibits, participating breweries and wineries.

Along with Lake Metroparks, the Ohio Wine Producers Association this year has partnered with Adams Reserve New York Sharp Cheddar, the American Wine SocietyGiant Eagle, the Lake County Visitors BureauLake Health, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Ohio Farm Bureau.

How much: Adult sampler tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the gate. A two-day adult sampler ticket is $45 in advance. Designated drivers are admitted for $12. Children under 18 are $3, and under 3 are free.

How to get more information: Visit visitvintageohio.com.

A version of this story was originally published on News-Herald.com. Follow Jonathan Tressler on Twitter @jtfromthenh. Image: Ed and Mickie Zalar of Broadview Heights enjoy some wine in the shade at the 22nd Annual Vintage Ohio event at Lake Metroparks’ Farmpark in Kirtland (News-Herald file).

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