FINE WINE

Ce­cil County Food & Wine Fes­ti­val cel­e­brates sixth year

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - bshea@ce­cil­whig.com By BRI­ANNA SHEA

NORTH EAST — The hot weather didn’t stop peo­ple from com­ing out to North East Com­mu­nity Park on Satur­day to en­joy the mul­ti­tude of wine, food and mu­sic at the an­nual Ce­cil Coun- ty Food & Wine Fes­ti­val.

The event cel­e­brated its sixth year with a va­ri­ety of wine from 13 winer­ies across the state. But the event is not just a chance for peo­ple to try new wine, stock up on wine bot­tles and so­cial­ize, it also dou­bles as a fundraiser. For the sec­ond year in a row, a per­cent of the pro­ceeds will go to­ward the Boys & Girls Clubs of Ce­cil County.

Derek DeWitt, in­terim ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for the

Boys & Girls Clubs of Ce­cil County, said the do­na­tion is a great ex­am­ple of com­mu­nity sup­port. He said the club is grate­ful for the do­na­tion and “ev­ery bit helps.”

“Com­mu­nity sup­port is the life sup­port of Boys & Girls Clubs,” DeWitt said.

The first stop at the fes­ti­val for 21-year-old Sarah Kozak and her friend Amanda Com­bie, 22, was Turkey Point Vine­yard, based in North East.

Kozak said they both tried the Rose, Vidal Blanc and Late Har­vest Vidal and en­joyed the rose the most.

“It’s the per­fect com­bi­na­tion of sweet and dry,” Kozak said.

Combei said that Satur­day’s event was her sec­ond wine fes­ti­val, af­ter at­tend­ing a sim­i­lar fes­ti­val in Hunt Val­ley ear­lier this year. She said she pre­ferred the Vidal Blanc of the three wines sam­pled at the tent.

“It’s sweeter. It’s re­ally re­fresh­ing on a day when it’s re­ally hot,” Combei said.

She said she looks for­ward to sam­pling wines from lo­cal busi­nesses be­cause she will sup­port these lo­cal winer­ies by pur­chas­ing their wine.

Har­ford County res­i­dent Jackie Barry said she en­joyed Dove Val­ley Vine­yard’s Perky Peaches. She said it was sweet, but not overly sweet.

Janel Grif­fith, of Dove Val­ley, said Perky Peaches is a new re­lease for the win­ery and it has re­ceived pos­i­tive feed­back. She de­scribed it as “semi-sweet” and full of peaches. Grif­fith has even heard com­ments that peo­ple can ac­tu­ally smell peaches in the wine.

Sis­ters Holly Zakreski, of Elk­ton, and her sis­ter Sharon Bay­less, who lives in Penn­syl­va­nia, said not only have they found new wines they like, they have also pur­chased a few bot­tles.

Zakreski said she came to the event “to have fun, to re­lax and to have fun.”

Bay­less said she came to the event to spend time with Zakreski and also to drink wine.

The duo pur­chased Or­ange Crush Mer­lot from Solomons Is­land Win­ery as well as Ol­ney Win­ery’s Black­berry Mer­lot and Pink Grape­fruit Blush.

“It was so much sweeter than any mer­lot I’ve ever had,” Zakreski said.

Bay­less agreed with Zakreski’s opinion on the wine.

“It wasn’t overly sweet,” Bay­less said. “It was just sweet for a mer­lot.”

Zakreski said the Pink Grape­fruit Blush tasted ex­actly like grape­fruit.

Dur­ing the fes­ti­val, peo­ple also set up lawn chairs and en­joyed look­ing at the wa­ter and stay­ing cool in the shade. Food of­fer­ings at the fes­ti­val in­cluded Crave Eatery as well as vendors sell­ing sweet treats such as ket­tle corn and shaved ice. Busi­ness vendors were also on hand.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY BRI­ANNA SHEA

Mar­garet Brown of Turkey Point Vine­yard pours Sarah Kozak a glass of wine while Amanda Combei tries her wine sam­ple.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY BRI­ANNA SHEA

Hope Camp­bell and Jes­sica Park pose with their sam­ples of hard ap­ple cider from Great Shoals Win­ery on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY BRI­ANNA SHEA

Hope Camp­bell, of Anne Arun­del County, and Per­ryville res­i­dent Jes­sica Park try hard ap­ple cider sam­ples from Great Shoals Win­ery on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

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