6/25/2013 5:24:00 PM Waterfront Wine Festival set for June 29
Submitted to Harbor Light Newspaper
Great drinks, food, music, and a celebration of community will mark the 8th annual Waterfront Wine Festival in downtown Harbor Springs, happening June 29 from 4-7 p.m. The event, hosted by the Harbor Springs Area Chamber of Commerce and Scenic Michigan, transforms the Harbor Springs waterfront to a wine tasting setting with some of the best wines of Michigan (and beyond) available to guests from 12 wine vendors. In addition to the wines, food samplings from area dining establishments will be available.
"This is a great event for northern Michigan as it features great wine and food in a beautiful waterfront setting," said Daniel DeWindt, executive director of the Harbor Springs Area Chamber of Commerce. "June is such a gorgeous month in Northern Michigan and this is the perfect way to kick off summer. Each year, this event grows to include not only more wines but more guests. Michigan's growing wine industry is bringing in visitors for wine tours and we're pleased that many of them plan their trips around the Waterfront Wine Festival."
Wines will be available for tasting from Fabiano Brothers, Seeker Wines, Imperial Beverage, Morgan Winery, Great Lakes Wine and Spirits, Domaine Napa Wine Co., Harbor Springs Vineyards and Winery, Pleasantview Vineyards and Winery, SAGGA (Straights Area Grape Growers Association), Shady Lane Cellars, Griffin Beverage, Mackinaw Trail Winery, and Verterra Winery.
The resident artist for the Waterfront Wine Festival is local Harbor Springs painter Trisha Witty, a Harbor Springs native and 20-plus year staple downtown gallery. Prints of Witty's painting of wine on the waterfront are also available as a commemorative poster. 100 posters, signed and numbered by the artist, are available for $25 each.
The funds raised from the event support two important causes, said Abby Dart, executive director of Scenic Michigan, one of the organizations that the event supports.
"Scenic Michigan uses these funds to help places like Harbor Springs preserve their community character," Dart explained. "Funds also go to support the Harbor Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, which does great work with local businesses and scholarship programs."
New this year is a raffle with four great prizes, including a basket of wonderful wine with $500 gift
certificate at Glen's Fresh Market, two round trip ticket vouchers from Pellston to Chicago on Lakeshore Express ($500 value), a boat ride for 12 on Little Traverse Bay donated by Stafford's Pier, and a grab bag of goodies from the Harbor Springs Area Chamber of Commerce/Scenic Michigan.
This is an event for both the expert wine taster and for the novice alike, Dart added.
"The Waterfront Wine Festival will have great Michigan and international wine in a one of a kind setting, with complimentary appetizers and great jazz music," Dart said. "It's going to be a lot of fun and in a really beautiful spot, so we hope everyone will stop by."
Tickets are available from the Harbor Springs Area Chamber of Commerce in Harbor Springs, Harbor Springs IGA, Toski Sands Market and Wine Shop, and Glen's Fresh Market. Tickets are also available online: www.waterfrontwine.org. Tickets are $15 in advance, $25 at the door and include two wine tastings.