Sandusky’s Toast of Ohio Wine Heritage Festival

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SANDUSKY, OHIO, July 8, 2014 — A new venue provides a change for the always popular Toast of Ohio Wine Heritage Festival in the heart of Lake Erie Shores and Islands. Celebrating the area’s heritage as the largest wine-producing region in the nation prior to Prohibition, the event continues to grow and offer opportunities for great food, and interesting wines.

The tenth annual Toast of Ohio Wine Heritage Festival will take place on Saturday, July 26th in Veterans Park, located next to the Merry-Go-Round Museum at 301 Jackson St., downtown Sandusky. The festival will feature more than a dozen Ohio wineries, gourmet food, live musical entertainment and an artist’s showcase. The festival grounds are open Saturday from noon – 8 pm.merrygo_wine2

Admission for Saturday is just $5.00 per person and includes a souvenir Toast of Ohio wine glass and two complimentary wine tastings.  Admission fees benefit the sponsoring Merry-Go-Round Museum.

Tickets will be available to purchase for exchange of wine tastings. Wine tasting tickets are four for $3.00 and glass pours will vary by vendor. Food offerings will be provided by: Creative Cuisine, Sandusky; The Lions Club, Sandusky; Good Eats Food Truck, Berlin Heights; Fire Pie Ovens, Tipp City; and more.

Participating wineries include Paper Moon Vineyards, Firelands Winery, Meier’s Wine Cellars, Ferrante Winery, Maize Valley Winery, Viking Vineyards, Stoney Ridge Winery, Humble Bee Vineyards, Quarry Hill Winery, Myrddin Winery, Matus Winery, D & D Winery, and Chateau Tebeau.

A variety of musical entertainment and family fun activities will occur throughout the day, including performances from The Brad Walk Trio and SandTown. The adjacent Merry-Go-Round Museum will offer special $2 admission from 10 am to 5 pm during the festival.

lakeerielogo_buttonThe Lake Erie Shores & Islands once featured huge vineyards that spread from east of Sandusky to the western region near the bay because of the lakeshore climate. The Toast of Ohio event was developed to celebrate the area’s winemaking heritage. Today, dozens of wineries still operate in the region.  Make a weekend of it with lodging packages available at SHORESandISLANDS.com and tour the area’s wineries. Call 1.800.255.3743 for information.

Other event sponsors include Ohio Grape Industries, Ohio Magazine, and Lake Erie Shores & Islands.

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