You are invited to Friendship Park in Smithfield on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9 and 10 to share a beautiful early fall afternoon with friends and family while enjoying delicious food, good entertainment and lovingly handcrafted Ohio wines as part of the 2nd annual Friendship Wine and Food Festival.
The event site for the festival will again be Friendship Park in Smithfield by popular demand, specifically, the picturesque spot known as Rock Point, a section of the local park known for its year-round beauty and the visual treat afforded of the park's almost 90 acre lake from the location.
Other additions to the popular festival's format for the 2011 event include participation by a number of select artisans who will be selling their original works over the course of the festival and the expansion in the number of professional wineries participating.
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Visitors to the tasting room at the popular Coffee Cake Winery in Hopedale have become accustomed to seeing wine bottles in abundance—not to mention in unexpected places—such as suspended from the ceiling.
The list of wineries taking part in this wine and food festival includes: The Black Sheep Winery located near Adena; The Coffee Cake Winery of Hopedale; The Winery at The Bluebird Farm located near Carrollton; The Myrddin Winery of Berlin Center; Terra Cotta Vineyards of New Concord, Ravens Glenn of West Lafayette and It's Your Winery located in Akron.
The Black Sheep Winery and The Winery at The Bluebird Farm of the Carrollton area are the event's two new participating wineries, according to Roger Hilty, festival chairman.
A variety of top quality vendors will also be on hand both days of the festival, according to event organizer Ed Looman, of Project Alliance.
Friendship Wine &?Food Festival
Friday, Sept. 9
5-6 p.m. THE FIGS
6-7 p.m. MARK MILLER - Jazz Guitar
7-8:30 p.m. SKIP PECK TRIO
9-10 p.m. KENNY WELLS & THE RIVERS
Saturday, Sept. 10
1-2 p.m. FOUR SWINGING JAZZBOS
3-4 p.m. RON RETZER
4-5 p.m. GEORGE HVIZDAK - Accordion
5-5:30 p.m. RICH TREGLIA - "The Voice
5:30-7 p.m. LIL EDDY AND THE
7-7:30 p.m. RICH TREGLIA - "The Voice
7:30-8:30 p.m. COMEDY HOUR
9-11 p.m. THE LEGEND BAND
Those vendors include Nelson Fine Art and Gifts, the Upper Ohio Valley Food Artisans, The Bag Lady, Back Porch Candles and Crafts, Casa Mia, Tastefully Simple, Thera-Jewel and Camionetti Desigh.
Food vendors at this festival will include: Zalenski's of Wintersville, Caparo's of Hopedale, Froehlich's and The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, both of Steubenville.
"This year the festival is expanding and will include the addition of a food tent and a local food cooking competition set for Saturday," offered Looman.
The point of the competition is to highlight the culinary heights that can be reached using ingredients grown locally: Ohio, West Virginia, or Pennsylvania.
The competition entries must include the use of at least one "locally" produced vegetable.
Extra points will be awarded to those entries in which items grown in Jefferson County were utilized, according to Hilty.
Ohio's wine industry and farming interests come together at this event in a very unique setting, and they are expanding their ongoing efforts to strengthen the local economy, while assuring the practices of both creative traditions remain strong and continue to be positioned for growth both large and small.
Tickets are being sold in a range of prices which are tied to the number of tasting tickets a person wants to purchase, as well as whether they want to attend one or both days of the family friendly outdoor festival-style event.
Also new to the way things are being organized for this year's fund-raising effort is the addition of two-day tickets, an adjustment made in direct response to feedback received from last year's festival goers, shared Looman.
Tickets covering admission for both Friday and Saturday of the festival will be sold in advance for $27, however tickets will cost $30 when purchased at the gate on the weekend of the actual festival event.
When purchased in advance, admission for a single day of the festival will cost just $17, but will be sold for $20 at the gate.
The adult wine sampler admission of a $20 one day ticket purchased at the gate covers a single wine glass and five tasting tickets. It will sell in advance for $17.
The cost of an adult wine sampler ticket covering two days of admission to the festival, one wine glass, five taste tickets for Friday and five taste tickets for Saturday will be sold in advance for $27 and for 30 at the gate.
Not to be forgotten: the cost of a driver's ticket to the event is $10 at the gate and covers three purchases of soft drinks or water.
A general admission ticket for anyone under age 21 will be sold for $8 at the gate.
Those under age 12 will be admitted for free.
Friday's schedule for the wine and food festival's 2011 venture has expanded and much of it will be conducted under a large shade tent at the site which will include new educational presentations, cooking demonstrations and a local foods display area.
Among the highly anticipated demonstrations will be those taking place in the new food tent which are being largely organized and presented through the efforts and resources of The Ohio State University Extension Office in Jefferson County.
Additionally, Smithfield native Richard L. McElroy will be on hand for a book signing opportunity during the festival.
Event organizers have gathered together a popular slate of entertainers for performances on both days of the wine and food festival in Smithfield.
This festival features wine tasting opportunities highlighting the creations of seven Ohio wineries, delicious ethnic foods, musical entertainment, culinary demonstrations and educational presentations and artisans displaying their creations, offered organizers.
In addition to the food and wine focus of the festival two other features of the event make it even more welcoming to those who enjoy things such as a car cruise-in or 5K race.
A classic car cruise-in will be hosted at the event on Saturday.
Details of the 5K run/walk to be held Saturday at 11 a.m. can be viewed at the event's website at www.friendshipwinefest.com.
Registration for the race will begin at 10 a.m., according to organizers.
Information about the food portion of the festival can be directed to the OSU Extension office at 740-264-2212.