I look forward to a lot of annual events in this city and one of my favorites is coming up at the end of next week, June 4. The Vintage Indiana Wine & Food Festival promises to be a stomping good time for anyone whose life has been enriched by the love of grapes.
Military Park will be full of vino enthusiasts ready to sample more than 200 wines fresh from Hoosier vineyards. It’s like traveling all the state’s wine trails without spending precious dollars on gas! The first time I attended, my head was spinning from the nearly overwhelming variety of bottles pouring. And that was just in the first tent I visited.
Yup, first on my list that day was Winzerwald Winery, home of German favorites like my beloved rieslings and gewurztraminers. I had never made the long trip to Bristow, Indiana, to visit them in person though I had been hearing about their delicious products for years. I swear they had at least 30 wines available for sampling and I thought I might not survive the day if ALL the tents were stocked like this! But I tried to pace myself and was able to leave the event walking on my own with a whole bunch of new, favorite wines to add to my collection.
And it’s not just about the wine, my friends. You can also attend seminars about popular topics like quick, easy dinner recipes for busy families, dinner party planning and grilling techniques. There will also be plenty of food available for purchase from local restaurants and caterers. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to relax while you listen to Brigid’s Cross, Jennie DeVoe and Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. The kids can knock themselves out in the KidZone while you browse the artists’ booths, but you can’t bring pets (sorry, Ernie!) or outside food and drinks.
The event runs 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Get tickets in advance at Marsh ($22) or online to save $3 on gate admission if you’re planning to drink. Designated driver tickets are $10 at all times and include unlimited soft drinks. Ages 6-20 get in for $5 and children 5 and under are free.
Hint from experienced Vintage Indiana attendee (that would be me): invest in one of those little thingamajigs you wear around your neck that holds the stem of your sampling glass. After 20 or so tastes, you will see the utter genius in this device.