The eighth annual Taneytown Wine, Brew, Art and Music Fest will have food, crafts, drinks and activities for all ages this Saturday.
The festival, held at Taneytown Memorial Park, will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will offer several dining options.
It’s free to enter the fest, but for $10 attendees can also participate in a tasting that features beverages from local businesses, such as Brewery Fire and Great Shoals Winery.
“It seemed like a really great opportunity to meet some of our future local customers,” said Dave Palmer, co-owner of the new brewery. “Give them some samples of our products, and just continue to get the word out there.”
And when it comes to food, the options run the gamut — there will be everything from pit beef, ham and turkey to yogurt parfaits and gourmet popcorn, said Nancy McCormick, Taneytown’s economic development director. There will also be hot dogs, hamburgers, breakfast sandwiches, fries, macaroni and cheese, strawberry waffles, wings and more, she said.
There will also be a petting zoo and puppy adoption available, McCormick said, and they’ll also have “everything from jewelers to artists to pottery to embroidery.” And there will be a massage therapist and mobile spa, she added.
“She takes her therapy chair and lotions and everything around to people — she goes to you,” McCormick said. “So, that’s where I’m going to go after everything’s over and done with.”
The event’s proceeds pour back into Main Street as part of the city’s downtown beautification efforts, which include new banners, lights at Christmas time and decor to attract people downtown, McCormick said.
The festival will also have music — the Monte Leister Quintet from noon to 2 p.m. and Abe Ovadia, a jazz guitarist, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. — according to the event’s post on the county’s tourism site.
“We have a table and chairs, so people can sit and sip their wine and listen to the good music — and last year, we had them dancing,” McCormick said. “So it’s kind of fun, just to see people get together of all ages.”