The best wines of Maryland will be featured at the 16th annual Maryland Wine Festival on Saturday and Sept. 17 at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster.
Hours are 10 am, to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 17. Admission is $15 for adults 21 and older with valid identification. Included in the cost are an engraved wine glass, tickets for 10 1-ounce samples of wine, admission to seminars and tours of the museums farmhouse.
Ten Maryland wineries will showcase their wines. The annual Governor's Cup winner will be announced at 1:45 p.m. Saturday.
The American Wine Society will sponsor wine-tasting seminars to discuss 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. 17.
Wine-making demonstrations will be held both days, following the course of fresh grapes through the process of crushing, pressing and fermentation. Samples of fresh-squeezed grape juice will be available.
More than 35 vendors will offer food from area restaurants, and more than 50 craft artisans will present their wares. Farm Museum artisans will demonstrate lost crafts. Wine festival memorabilia will be sold.
The Maryland Daily Industry Association will offer cheese and other dairy foods at its booth to promote the industry's dietary and economic contributions to the state.
Regional performers will provide entertainment both days. Saturday's lineup will include folk singer Terry Gourley with Tobias Hurwitz on guitar at 11 am., jazz quintet Chris Vadala at noon, oldies band Big Cam and the Lifters at 1 p.m., contemporary a cappella group DiVinci's Notebook at 3 p.m., Mike Dugan and the Blues Mission Band at 4 p.m., and the Dixieland group Bourbon Street Ramblers at 5 p.m.
Sept. 17's entertainment will include jazz performers The Carl Filipiak Group at noon, zydeco-swing-rock 'n' roll group Crawdaddies at 2 p.m., Mike Dugan and the Blues Mission Band at 3 p.m., DiVinci's Notebook 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 at least $70 in pledges; those with $100 or more in pledges will receive free entry to the festival. Registration is at 7:30 am., with the ride starting at 8 am. Information about the bike tour: 800-492-7527.
The Wine Festival has been called 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.