Columbiana Wine Fest moving to Town Center

COLUMBIANA — The city’s annual Wine Festival will be held at a new location this year, and organizers are ready for a large crowd.

The Columbiana Wine Festival raises awareness and funds for the Columbiana Area Tourism Bureau each year and tickets are still on sale for the event scheduled for 4-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Town Center at Firestone Farms.

“Every year we get a little bigger and now that we are at Firestone Farms Town Center we can really handle the crowds,” event sponsor Rob Schwartz said.

Schwartz is an agent through Century 21 Lakeside Realty and has sponsored the festival alongside Sitler the Printer. The event is hosted by the tourism bureau, a nonprofit organization that focuses on promoting the city’s history and attracting tourism to contribute to the area’s economic growth.

In addition to a variety of wine provided by area wineries, the event will also feature live music, arts and crafts, and eight designated vendors offering items from skincare to jewelry, refinished furniture, custom metal art for home, hand painted wine glasses, and more.

“It’s such a pleasure working with all the wonderful winery owners, artisans, and food vendors. They are truly the epitome of hospitality and excellence in their industries,” Schwartz said, adding that he couldn’t sponsor the event without the help of the Wine Fest Committee.

The featured vendors will be Artifacts Gifts Studio, G&L Treasures, Goodness Grows, Kindred Collection LLC, Lamppost Farm, Metal Master Art, Slapstick Signs, and Two Twisted Gypsies.

Live outdoor music will be provided by One Cello, Root Theory, and Midlife Crisis and Friends, while food will be available through mobile food vendors No Swine Left Behind and Smoke Worx.

Wine will be provided by Barrel Run Crossing Winery and Vineyard, Diletto Winery, L’uva Bella Winery & Bistro, Mastropietro Winery, Myrddin Wine Company, The Vineyards at Pine Lake, and Sundog Cellars.

Admission to the festival is $25 in advance and $30 at the gate. Event participation is 21 years and older only. Tickets can be purchased at the Wine Connection, Moondance Boutique and the Columbiana Area Tourism Bureau, as well as online at bit.ly/columbianawinefest/2018.

Tickets include 10 tasting tickets, a souvenir wine glass and festival program.

“Drinking wine with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilized pleasures,” Schwartz said.

The event has also partnered again this year with the Columbiana Meals on Wheels, which will be selling water and pop for $1 to raise funds for the self-funded charity. Meals on Wheels provides nourishment to seniors in need throughout the community.

More information about the Wine Festival is available by calling the tourism bureau at 330-482-2282, visiting www.tourcolumbianaohio.com, or following @ColumbianaWine, #ColumbianaWineFest or #ColumbianaWine on Facebook.

kwhite@mojonews.com

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