Ocean City Today

Annual Wine on the Beach Festival in OC, Sept. 29-30

By Kara Hallissey | Sep 14, 2017
Linda Tabach pours strawberry wine from Olney Winery in Maryland during the 22nd annual Winefest event at the inlet last year.

(Sept. 15, 2017) Thirteen Maryland wineries will offer a variety of samples for wine aficionados in the Ocean City inlet parking lot during the 23rd annual Wine on the Beach Festival, Sept. 29-30, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“Maryland wines have grown exponentially in quality and variety over the years and we are able to offer the same quality experience to our guests, while promoting this industry that contributes so much to Maryland agriculture and tourism,” said Christina Nokes, event coordinator.

Solomons Island, St. Michaels, Layton’s Chance, Knob Hall and Bordeleau are a few of the 13 Maryland wineries slated to attend the fall festival along with a few craft breweries including Fat Tire, Evolution and Bold Rock Hard Cider.

Because of a change in state liquor laws, it was difficult for organizers to include out-of-state wineries this year.

“However, we are proud to have an all-Maryland event,” Nokes said. “It affords us the opportunity to showcase the tremendous growth in the state industry since our first wine festival many years ago. (When there were only 13 wineries in the entire state).”

Bird Dog & the Road Kings will perform each day from 4-7 p.m. Kevin O’Brennan and Shoreline kicks off the live musical entertainment at the festival on Friday, Sept. 29, from 12:30-3:30 p.m. and 3 Penny Opera will rock out on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 12:30-3:30 p.m.

There will be more than 30 arts and crafts, apparel and food vendors at the event.

“Local music with our stage in the sand and the ocean backdrop along with Maryland wine…This event is special because it is homegrown by Marylanders, in an iconic Maryland resort, for everyone to enjoy,” Nokes said.

The cost to participate is $35 with a valid ID, which includes one-day admission, a commemorative wine glass and samples from various wineries.

“This is an Ocean City fall tradition not to be missed,” Nokes said. “Show your Maryland pride and learn more about what the state has to offer.”

Attendees also have the option to purchase wine by the glass, bottle or a case to drink at the event or to take home with them.

In addition, festivalgoers can purchase a wine glass lavalier, which hangs around the neck and allows for a hands-free experience while strolling from booth to booth.

Pretzelphoria, LulaRoe, Save The Coconuts, Crabby Spice, A Reason to Wine and Señor Cigars are a few of the vendors that will be at the wine festival.

Around 8,000 people visit the event annually to enjoy wine and Ocean City during a time of year when it is less crowded and the weather is still warm, Nokes said.

“It’s the opportunity to learn about the variety of wines you can serve with Maryland pride and enjoy sampling them in the process,” Nokes said. “Paired with Delmarva cuisine, there’s nothing better. It is an Ocean City early fall tradition. Great fun for friends and family outings.”

For a full list of vendors, wineries, breweries and a discount coupon, visit www.winefest.com. Call 410-280-3306 for more information.

Guests younger than 21 must be accompanied by an adult. Children ages 13-20 get in for $15 and kids 12 and under are admitted free.

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