Complete Guide to 2019 Maryland Wine Festivals
2019 Maryland Wine Festival season starts in April with Decanter at Laurel Park. Decanter is the perfect marriage between Maryland wine and horseracing. Dust off your wide brim hat or your seersucker suit; and it is off to the races for some great Maryland wine. Decanter is the first festival in 2019, but definitely not the only wine festival. Vino 301 has assembled a list of over 30 wine festivals for you. Below is the complete guide to 2019 Maryland Wine Festivals. The list is downloaded .pdf.
Along with the complete list, here are some helpful tips to know about Maryland wine festivals.
WEATHER: Rain or shine wine festivals will happened. Rarely are festivals cancelled because of the weather, sometimes rescheduled. Make sure you wear and bring weather appropriate gear with you. Remember your rain boots for those mudding fields. Conversely, festivals are usually held in large open fields without protection from the sun. Do not forget the sunscreen.
BRING YOUR DRIVERS LICENSE: This sounds like an obvious thing to do. However, you would be surprised by the number of people who are turned away because they did not bring identification. Be prepared with photo identification showing proof of age.
OUTSIDE FOOD AND BEVERAGES: Most festivals have several food vendors available for you to purchase food. Check with the festival organizer if you can bring outside food. Also, check whether grilling is permitted. Outside alcoholic beverages are never allowed. Event staff will confiscate outside alcoholic beverages. We have witness security confiscate cases of beer, wine coolers especially at Linganore’s Carribean festival. It is not worth the trouble leave the alcohol at home.
PETS: We love your pets, but the event organizers may not. Review the event guidelines before you bring your pet. Keep in mind, festivals are crowded and may not be the best environment for your pet. Use your best discretion when determining to bring your pet. If pets are permitted, be respectful of others. Leashed your pet, do not leave it unattended, and please, please clean up after your pet.
Happy festivals hopping. Here is your complete guide.
2019 Maryland Fesitivals Wine Guide
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2018 Maryland Wine Festival Complete Guide
Wine in the Woods is this weekend, May 19 – 20, 2018, in Columbia, MD. Wine in the Woods is the unofficial kick off of the 2018 wine festival season in Maryland. This festival is a large outdoor festival featuring over 30 wineries and vineyards from Maryland. For 25 years, the festival has included wine tastings, food vendors, crafts and live music.
Wine in the Woods attracts hundreds, if not thousands of people. It is an annual pilgrimage for some. A time once a year to reunite with old friends and enjoy great wine. For most, it is a sign summer is almost here.
If you cannot attend Wine in the Woods, no worries there are many more festivals this summer and fall. We compiled a list of over 30 wine festivals in Maryland. The festivals span from Washington County to Ocean City, Maryland and cities in between. Below is the 2018 Maryland Wine Festival Complete Guide. It is in a .pdf format for you to print and carry with you.
Before you dust off your lawn chair and picnic basket, we have some tips for you to have the most enjoyable festival experience.
Go for Free
When you volunteer at festivals your admission is free. Larger festivals, like Maryland Wine Festival, need volunteers to help the day of the event. You can contact the organizers of the festival to learn more about the jobs available. Wineries also need assistance. Wineries advertise for volunteers on their website or post volunteer information in their newsletters. Volunteers are needed to pour wine. The wineries will cover your admission in exchange for your time. It is not too late to volunteer, contact your favorite vineyard.
Get Your Ticket Early
More popular festivals sell out and will not sell tickets at the entrance. Linganore Winecellar’s Caribbean festival is an example of a festival which sells out every year. Every year! Do not wait until the week of or day of to purchase your ticket.
It is fun to have a drink or two with your friends before the festival, but remember to pace yourself. It is not a good look to be drunk before 11:00 am. Avoid going all out before the festival. There are several tasting options at the festival. Generally, the tasting samples are one ounce pours. Each winery pours between 4 to 6 wines, so you could potentially have a single glass of wine at each tent. Remember wine festivals are a marathon not a sprint.
Leave the Booze at Home
Festivals have strict policies about bringing alcohol not sold at festivals into the event. You cannot bring alcohol to the festival. It is not an attempt for the organizers to sell more wine. It is the law. Your bags will be checked before you entered. Any alcohol found at bag check will be confiscated.
Happy festival hopping! For more tips, check out our earlier blog Tips to Navigating Maryland Wine Festivals Share with us in the comment section below, what is your favorite festival to attend. Here is your 2018 Maryland Wine Festival Complete Guide two page guide.
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