Wine event growingWritten by Joel Sensenig | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Glass City Wine Festival was so popular its first two years, organizers decided to double the size of the third event, set for noon to 9 p.m. March 7 at the SeaGate Convention Centre.
The festival will now occupy two halls rather than one, said Brook Hall, director of operations for the festival. Attendance the first two years was capped at 1,800, with tickets selling out several weeks in advance. This year, organizers are expanding ticket sales to nearly 3,000, Hall said.
The festival has also increased the number of featured wineries from 14 to 20. All of the wineries are from Ohio, including one from Northwest Ohio: Chateau Tebeau Winery in Helena.
There are two sessions: 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. VIP tickets — which are sold out — allow entry one hour early. Afternoon tickets are $25, while evening tickets are $30. Tickets are available at glasscitywinefestival.com. If tickets do not sell out, they will be $5 more at the door. Proceeds go to Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank.
In addition to samples from regional wineries, the festival offers attendees a chance to sample gourmet cheese and fare from local restaurants and shop for gifts from a variety of craft businesses.
New this year will be Wine & Canvas, a national painting/cocktail business with a branch in Toledo. The business will host free painting classes at intervals throughout the event. Also new to the festival is the inclusion of Pairings, Ohio’s Wine & Culinary Experience, which will host free wine-tasting classes.