Maryland Wine Festival postponed amid threat of heavy rain

The 35th annual Maryland Wine Festival has been pushed back nearly a month because of the rainy weather and a forecast for possible torrential rain from Hurricane Florence this weekend.

The Maryland Wine Festival will now be held on Saturday, Oct. 13. It had been scheduled for Sept. 15-16.


As it has for most of its history, the wine festival will be held at the Carroll County Farm Museum.

Tickets purchased in advance for either Sept. 15 or Sept. 16 will be honored on Oct. 13. More ticket information will be coming soon at

General admission tickets are being sold as well as the Explorer pass, which includes a commemorative 16-ounce tasting glass with sampling from all participating wineries; sampling of additional exclusive wines; access to Hilltop Hangout with shaded seating, bottled water and private restrooms; and participation in the seventh annual Maryland Throwdown — a blind tasting competition putting Maryland wines against other regions.

Last year more than 12,000 attended what is one of the biggest events in Carroll each year.

The first Maryland Wine Festival was held on Sept. 29, 1984, at Union Mills Homestead. It was considered a risky proposition at the time, and a county commissioner told Westminster’s tourism director that if only 2,000 people showed up he would be out of a job, according to a Times article from that week.

He was just kidding, but it didn’t matter — about 5,000 turned out that first year and the event was deemed a big success. Reportedly, the only issues were parking and food running out.

Those issues have been smoothed out over the years and the organizers have the event pretty much down to a science these days.

Participating wineries this year are: Basignani Winery, Boordy Vineyards, Bordeleau Winery, Broken Spoke Vineyard & Winery, Cove Point Winery, Deep Creek Cellars, Elk Run Vineyards, Far Eastern Shore Winery, Fiore Winery, Fridays Creek Winery, Great Frogs Winery, Great Shoals Winery, il Dolce Winery, Janemark Winery & Vineyard, Knob Hall Winery, Layton’s Chance Vineyard & Winery, Linganore Winecellars, Loew Vineyards, Love Happiness Sangria / Dragonfly Farms, Olney Winery, Orchid Cellar Meadery and Winery, Port of Leonardtown Winery, Royal Rabbit Vineyards, Running Hare Vineyard, Solomons Island Winery, St. Michaels Winery, The Urban Winery, and Winecream, plus more available via the Explorer Pass in the Hilltop Hangout.

Creameries in the cheese pavilion are: Chapel’s Country Creamery, Firefly Farms, High Country Creamery, Shepherds Manor Creamery, and Whispering Breeze Farm.

Food will be available from Bmore Greek Grill, Chesapeake Foods, Convenience Catering, Ekiben, Foxtrot Chocolates, Friendly Farm Restaurant, Genova’s To Go, GFWC Jr. Woman’s Club of Westminster, Gourmet Steve, Knights of Columbus, Lone Star BBQ, Mr. & Mrs. Jerky, Mt. Airy Kiwanis, Nectar of the Vine, Parfection’s Chocolates, Rock Salt Grille, Salerno’s Restaurant & Catering, Sideling Hill Concessions, Stone House Cakery, TAMO Smoothies, and The Ice Cream Lady.

In terms of entertainment, several bands will be playing. On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. look for Foreplay, and Half Serious will play from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. On Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Southern Charm will play, and The Reagan Years will be up from 2 to 5 p.m.

The Farm Museum is located at 500 S. Center St. in Westminster.

For more information about the wine festival or to purchase tickets, visit

Maryland Wine Festival goers enjoy first day of two-day event. (Emily Chappel / Carroll County Times)