HARBOR SPRINGS -- It's a chance to sip a variety of wines along the Harbor Springs waterfront.
The Harbor Springs Waterfront Wine Festival will return on Saturday, June 25, for its sixth year.
The festival includes wines from around the world, along with local food vendors and live music. It will run from 4-7 p.m. beneath a tent located on the waterfront between Stafford's Pier Restaurant and the tennis courts in downtown Harbor Springs.
"Each year we try to make the festival a little better and a little more enhanced," said Scott Herceg, executive director of the Harbor Springs Area Chamber of Commerce and an organizer of the event. "This year's festival is really coming together."
Like in years past, the chamber is working with Scenic Michigan on the festival. Scenic Michigan works to enhance the beauty of Michigan's communities and roadsides, and proceeds from the festival will be split by the two organizations.
In addition to 11 wine vendors and nine food vendors, Herceg added that the raffle this year will be a bit different. In recent years, the grand prize was a trip. However, this year, the grand prize will be a personal wine cellar with a minimum of $500 worth of wine, along with $500 in chamber gift certificates to be used at area businesses.
"It really helps keep the proceeds local and we've had so much support from our vendors and supporters getting involved this year," he said.
Raffle tickets are $10 each or three for $25.
The John Driscoll Ensemble will entertain the crowd with live jazz music throughout the festival.
The festival draws about 500 people and has continued to grow each year. Herceg noted that the festival helps kick off the summer season in Harbor Springs.
"There's just so much going on," he explained. "Thursday is our first Street Musique, followed by the wine festival on the weekend, then the gallery tour and the Fourth of July. You package that all together and that is two weeks that you need to be in Harbor Springs. If you're not, you're just missing out."
Tickets for the Waterfront Wine Festival are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. The cost includes two samples of wine, additional samples are $2 each.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.harborspringschamber.com.