Harford Wine Festival set for Saturday at Bel Air's Rockfield Manor

The Harford County Wine Festival will be held this Saturday, Sept. 28, from noon to 6 p.m. at Rockfield Manor in Bel Air.

This is the eighth wine festival held in the bowl next to the manor house; the event has grown from 1,000 people in the early years ago to 3,000 last year, said Mark Welsh, of the Rockfield Foundation.

Tickets for the wine-tasting are $25 for adults 21 and older (in advance, $30 at the gate); $10 for ages 13 to 20; and free for children 12 and younger. VIP tickets are $60 a person and gets guests access to the Manor House, premium wine and food pairings from Pairings Bistro including crab soup, lobster macaroni and cheese and fresh salads.

The event will benefit the Rockfield Foundation and Harford County Toys for Tots.

Tickets will get guests coupons for 20 1/2-ounce samples of the various wines, provided by Bel Air Liquors. Wine will also be available for sale by the bottle. Beer will also be sold.

The Amish Outlaws will play from noon to 3 p.m. and Don't Stop will take the stage from 3 to 6 p.m. Ed and Rick will also be playing during the day.

Tickets for the rain or shine event can be bought at http://www.harfordcountywinefestival.com or by calling 410-638-4565.

Organizers have made a few adjustments this year to accommodate the growing crowd, which is being capped at 3,000.

To alleviate some of the parking issues in previous years, volunteers and vendors will be parking on Ewing Street, while the lot and field above the Rockfield bowl area will be for visitors, with additional parking at John Carroll School, where traffic will be directed by mobile billboards.

Bouncers will be working the main gate to ID visitors, and Bel Air Police will be on-site throughout the festival. The number of restrooms has been increased from seven to 20. Three hand-washing stations will be set up.

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