OXFORD — Wine lovers from all over the region will come together at Uptown Parks (High Street and Main Street) for the ninth annual Oxford Wine Festival. From 2-10 p.m., on Saturday, May 21, a wide variety of wines from around the world will be available in seven tents and live music will entertain guests.
Upon entry, attendees are handed a tasting glass and five drink tickets and are welcome to sample from any of the offerings. A “premium pour” tent sponsored by Luna Blu Salon, featuring high-end wines, will feature experts who’ll walk festival goers through the finer points of wine. (Tastes in the premium tent may cost more than one ticket. Additional tickets will be available for purchase from roving sellers at one for $2 or three for $5.) A beer garden will also be on site featuring Miller Coors, Rheingeist, and Moerline products.
“You meet so many different people from all over,” said Kelli Riggs, president of the Oxford Chamber of Commerce. “This wine festival has grown so much.”
The entertainment schedule reflects that, boasting a variety of acts ranging from American roots music to jazz and blues. Food vendors selling treats include Cincinnati-area favorites LaRosa’s Pizza and Walt’s Barbecue as well as Yellow Springs’ La Pampa Grill, and sponsor Kroger will be holding cooking demonstrations throughout the day. More than two dozen artisans will be selling their handiwork during the event, which helps fund scholarships for two students from Talawanda High School.
“When the festival first started,” Riggs said, “they were giving out a $500 scholarship to a student from our local high school who was going to a trade or vocational school, in hope hope that whatever skill they learned would be brought back here to benefit their hometown. But the festival has gone so well that we now give out two $1,000 scholarships every year. I love seeing people out here at the festival supporting a good cause.”
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event, and can be purchased at oxfordwinefestival.com. The festival is held rain or shine. For more information, call the Chamber office at 513-523-5200.
Reach Duante Beddingfield at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @duanteb_RH.