Opinions differ on why Maryland is nicknamed the Free State, but one account chalks it up to the state’s strong opposition to Prohibition.
Fittingly, the Linganore Winecellars new FreeState Wine, Beer and Seafood Festival celebrates the now-legal enjoyment of alcoholic beverages with 11 local breweries and their own selection of wines.
Regardless, a name honoring the seventh state is perfect to represent the three main offerings — wine, beer and seafood — which Marylanders are very passionate about, said Linganore Winecellars Marketing Director Michael Borum.
The FreeState Wine, Beer and Seafood Festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 23 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the winery’s grounds, 13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mount Airy.
The ticket price includes a FreeState Festival souvenir glass for tastings of beer from 11 breweries, and a variety of wines from Linganore Winecellars.
All of the 11 breweries are Maryland-based and include Red Shedman, located on the grounds, Full Tilt Brewing and Frederick’s Barley & Hops.
From Linganore’s cellars, guests can taste fan-faves like the award-winning Chambourcin and the Skipjack. The Albariño, one of the winery’s newest offerings will be available for purchase.
Seafood will be available from 10 different vendors, including Westminster's RockSalt Grille, Jimmy’s Famous Seafood and Baltimore’s The Local Oysters.
Other options are also available for those who can’t or don’t want to eat seafood.
Though Linganore has been the site of many festivals over the years, this is the first year for this particular festival. The grounds have a capacity of a few thousand.
The day will be filled with live performances from DC Metro hits cover band KleptoRadio, Maryland hard rock group Taboo Tattoo, 311 tribute band Evolution and Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute band Good Time Boys.
Radio personality and comedian Justin Schlegel of Justin, Scott, and Spiegel on 98 Rock will oversee the ceremonies.
“He’s really quick-witted,” Borum said. “He can just come up with things on the fly.”
Tickets are $25 for general admission, with discounts for designated drivers, active military and those under 21. VIP tickets are already sold out, and Borum encouraged guests to pick up tickets early.
“It’s a great deal and we’re going to have a great time with it,” he said.
The event will be rain or shine and tickets are non-refundable. Pets, open containers and outside alcohol are not allowed. Lawn chairs, pop-up tents and the like are welcome.
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A list of vendors and sponsors is available at www.linganorewines.com/event/freestate-beer-wine-seafood-festival.