Lake County Home Wine Makers Festival-Lakeport, Ca

Event Date: June 27, 2015 : 1:00 PM-5:00 PM

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Each year for the last 13 years, amateur wine makers and home brewers gather in June to offer the public tastes of their best efforts in the Home Wine and Beer Festival and they’ll do it again this year on Saturday, June 27th. Along with the amateurs many of Lake County’s leading commercial wineries and brewers will also sample their products, giving visitors the chance to taste and test some of the best beverages the County has to offer, all in one place at one time.

The event takes place from 1 PM to 5 PM at Lakeport’s Library Park, and also includes dozens of vendors offering arts, crafts, agricultural products and food. It’s sponsored by non-profit Lake County Symphony Association as a fundraiser, and all proceeds go to support the group’s music activities including the acclaimed Lake County Symphony and Youth Orchestras, as well as music teaching and scholarship programs.

Admission to The Winefest, as it’s been abbreviated, is $20 per person advance purchase or $25 at the gate. A list of advance purchase outlets can be obtained by calling (707) 277-7076 or (707) 277-8172, or
edandcharb1@att.net. Each ticket includes a commemorative wine glass.

Most of the amateurs will have entered their wines and beers in advance for professional judging and results will be announced during the Festival. In addition ticket holders will get the chance to vote for their favorites in the popular People’s Choice awards.

Since it’s sponsored by a music organization there will be music throughout the Festival provided by the David Neft Duo as well as a performance by the Konocti Fiddle Club and noted classical guitarist Travis Rinker. A major raffle and Silent Auction produced by volunteers from the Symphony Association, will also be offered.

Children and leashed pets are welcome, although tastings are restricted to those 21 years and older.

Wine Submissions will need to be delivered the day of the event. A 750-milliliter bottle of each varietal to be judged must be delivered to the drop-off location at the tasting room of Bell Hill Vineyards at 125 Park Street, across from Library Park and next to Biggs 155 restaurant. Please deliver your entries between 8:30 AM and 9:30 AM the day of the event. Download an entry form and bring with your submission.

To apply to have a booth at the event, fill out and send a Booth Application to:

Home Winemakers Festival@CLPA, PO Box 974, Lakeport, CA 95453

Contact Ed Bublitz for more information at edandcharb1@att.net