State wine festival to feature tastings, seminars at museum


Maryland vintages will be featured at the 1999 Maryland Wine Festival on Saturday and Sept. 19 at the Carroll County Farm Museum.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 19. Admission is $15 for adults age 21 and over with identification, and includes an engraved wine glass, 10 one-ounce samples of wine, seminars and tours of the museum's farmhouse.

Ten Maryland wineries will showcase their products. The Governor's Cup Trophy winner will be announced Saturday. Amateur winemakers will have a competition at 1 p.m. Sept. 19.

The American Wine Society will hold wine-tasting seminars explaining the sensory aspects of wine in the reception barn from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19.

Winemaking demonstrations will be held both days. Samples of fresh-squeezed grape juice will be available.

Booths will offer a variety of foods from area restaurants, and artisans will sell their wares.

A silent auction will be held both days in the flower garden. An original oil painting of this year's wine festival poster will be among the items auctioned.

The Farm Museum's artisans will demonstrate lost crafts. Invited artisans and artists will display and sell their works on the grounds.

Wine festival memorabilia also will be sold.

Regional performers will provide live entertainment both days. Saturday's line-up is the Kiss Tyler Band at 11 a.m., the Crawdaddies at noon, Swing Central at 1 p.m., Big Cam and the Lifters at 2 p.m., the Patty Reese Band at 3 p.m., and the Bourbon Street Ramblers at 5 p.m.

On Sept. 19, entertainment will include the Carl Filipiak Group at noon, Peabody Ragtime Ensemble at 2 p.m., Chris Vadala and Friends at 3 p.m., Deanna Bogart at 4 p.m. and the Bourbon Street Ramblers at 5 p.m.

The American Lung Association will sponsor a bike tour Saturday, with 10-, 30- and 50-mile tours.

Bikers are asked to obtain pledges, and those with $100 or more will receive free entry to the festival. Registration is at 7: 30 a.m., with the ride starting at 8 a.m.

Information: 800-642-1184.

The Wine Festival has been labeled "one of the five best festivals of its kind in North America" by Tours Magazine, and one of the top 100 events in the country by the American Bus Association.

The Farm Museum is at 500 S. Center St., Westminster.

Information: 410-848-7775.

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