DrinkMaryland coming to Centreville
CENTREVILLE — Festival lovers, locavores and supporters of the buy local movement will converge on Centreville for the inaugural DrinkMaryland: Centreville – A Maryland Makers Festival, on Saturday, June 17 from noon to 5 p.m. The event welcomes people of all ages to celebrate Maryland products. It will feature an open-air farmers market, artisan crafts, fine arts, a Best Crab Cake contest for restaurants, live music and food.
DrinkMaryland will take place downtown Centreville along the Courthouse Square on Lawyers Row and Broadway Street. In addition, Will Helmsley Fine Art at 100 N. Liberty Street across the street from the festival’s main location, will feature the work of fine artists. Another fine arts showcase will be found at the main event site on Lawyers Row, courtesy of the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council.
Entrance to the event is free and open to the public, but guests can also purchase a sampling pass to taste wines, cider, beer and spirits from various craft beverage makers from all across the state in addition to local county wines. Tasting passes are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. The event is rain or shine.
This is the inaugural year for the event on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. “The first DrinkMaryland event was launched in North Beach in 2016. When we were approached by Centreville to participate in an event to celebrate Maryland makers, it made sense to turn it into a series … DrinkMaryland: Centreville,” said Kevin Atticks, executive director, Maryland Wineries Association Inc.
The event will feature nearly 40 Maryland makers including artisans, authors, fine artists as well as wineries, breweries and distillers who will be offering tastings for festivalgoers who have purchased tasting passes. Featured on the music stage will be Dell Foxx Company, the Marissa Muro Trio and Guthrie Matthews Method.
Presented by the Maryland Wineries Association Inc. and the Town of Centreville, the event partnership enables Centreville to build capacity to create a new event that responds to recommendations from a recent market study, said Carol D’Agostino, Main Street manager for Centreville.
“Since January of 2016 Centreville Main Street volunteers were working on an event concept with the purpose of attracting visitors to showcase our town, drive business to our merchants and to create return visits,” said D’Agostino. “The DrinkMaryland event format aligned so well with the Maryland makers format we were already working on so it was a no-brainer when we learned that the wineries association wanted to spin off another DrinkMaryland location on the Eastern Shore in 2017,” she added.
For more information, go to DrinkMaryland.org or call 410-252-WINE. Tasting passes can be purchased at www. mar ylandwineevents.com/ drinkmaryland/. Maryland artisans, food vendors, restaurant contestants or volunteers interested in participating, can contact Carol D’Agostino at 410-758-1180, ext. 17, or email@example.com.
In addition to vendor tables hosted by a diverse group of Maryland makers and tastings by Maryland wineries, breweries and distillers, DrinkMaryland: Centreville – A Maryland Makers Festival will host performances by three Maryland performance groups: Dell Foxx Company; Marissa Muro Trio; and the Guthrie Matthews Method. Shown are performers from DrinkMaryland: North Beach. For information, visit DrinkMaryland.org.