DrinkMary­land com­ing to Centreville

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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 main­street@townof­cen­tre­ville.org.

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.

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