Wine festival slated for MISWritten by CJ Joshua | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Great Lakes Wine Fest will host its inaugural festival at the Michigan International Speedway on June 26 and 27.
Liz Berger, president of the Michigan Wine Foundation said this event will educate Michigan residents and neighbors about the state’s wineries. Tickets are $25 per day or $45 for the weekend.
“This is the first year for the Great Lakes Wine Festival, and I have no doubt that this is going to be a success. There are a number of festivals throughout the state, but not quite like this venue.” Berger said.
“People will relate to the NASCAR races with the racetrack, but they also have a beautiful facility with several suites just opened,” Berger said. “The Michigan Wine Foundation will conduct educational seminars where people can come in and learn about Michigan wine.”
Dan Dubois, senior director of Great Lakes Wine Fest, has been working closely with Berger to organize this event.
“There won’t be any racing during the wine festival, other than the pace car rides that will do laps around the track about 85 mph before the race — just to give the people a little feel of what the turns are like on the track.” Dubois said
“In addition to the wineries, we’re also having Michigan breweries. A lot of these have fans from Michigan, Indiana and especially Ohio. Instead of driving four hours to Traverse City to their favorite brewery, they can come right here to the track,” DuBois said.
This event will offer a variety of food from local restaurants, a trail walk to enjoy the wine tasting from different wineries and experimental cars. The Progressive automotive contest will present the x-price and lots more.
“I know that Travel Michigan is very excited about the festival and they’re going to be able to get the word out about it and I’m thankful to draw people from the metro areas close by like Ohio, Michigan and even over in Chicago,” Berger said. “It’s a centralized location, so we should be able to expose a lot of people to the great Michigan wines that we are producing here.”
“If we can start with 4,000 to 5,000 people over two days that would be pretty good, and I think that’s doable on the response we’ve had in the community. Hopefully, all of those positive statements I heard from the community will turn into more ticket sales.” Dubois said.
For more information, visit http://www.mispeedway.com/Events/Great-Lakes-Wine-Fest.aspx or call (800) 354-1010.