From food trucks to jazz bands: A preview of Taneytown's wine fest

Taneytown is really “mixing it up” for the seventh edition of the city’s annual Wine, Art and Music Fest.

From food trucks to an upbeat jazz band, event organizers took no shortcuts in gathering an eclectic mix of food and alcohol vendors, musical acts and art displays.


Surrendering to the national craze, Taneytown added food trucks to the mix this year, according to Nancy McCormick, the city’s economic development director.

The city expects a host of out-of-state vendors this year, with most trekking from Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Food options range from The DAWG Pound’s gourmet sausages and hot dogs to non-additive smoothies and sandwiches from Wellness Warriors; Mediterranean fair from Two Bold Chefs to the local Stone House Cakery & Cafe, which will be serving ice cream and baked goods from a trailer.

The musical lineup features Mr. Charisma and 4 on the Floor with Overdrive, who will serenade the crowd with Sinatra and other classics, devoN Nickoles with current tunes, and Learned Doctors, who add an upbeat jazz sound to the mix.

“We’re mixing it up this year,” McCormick said.

Arts and crafts will abound, with a major draw being chainsaw carving.

Of course the main attraction will be the wine. This year’s edition will feature wine selections from four Maryland outfits, McCormick said.

Great Shoals Winery from Silver Spring, Olney Winery, il Dolce Winery from Beltsville and Dragonfly Vineyard & Winery from Mount Airy will supply the vino.

And for attendees that want to kick it up a notch or two, McCormick said, Miscellaneous Distillery from Mount Airy will be providing rum and whiskey.

Festival goers can participate in wine tastings for $10, or buy alcohol by the bottle.

And because it looks like Saturday will be a warm one, attendees can seek refuge from the heat under tents at Taneytown’s Memorial Park.

“It will be a good time all day long,” Taneytown Mayor James McCarron said.