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The Maryland Wine Festival

Posted by Eric Fiore

The very first Maryland Wine Festival was held in 1984 at the Shriver Homestead in Union Mills with eight (8) wineries and approximately 4,500 to 5,000 visitors in attendance. It was a one-day festival that quickly outgrew the property. Thus, The Maryland Wine Festival® was moved to the Carroll County Farm Museum, and it became a two-day affair. Through those 29 years, visitor population has grown to over 20,000 yearly with a grand total to date of well over 832,700 visitors. 1984 was also the year that the Association of Maryland Wineries was organized. From the initial year of 1984 to 1985, this festival went from eight wineries to ten wineries. 1988 saw 13 wineries in attendance. Each year thereafter one or more wineries came on board. In 2008, winery attendance jumped to 23 wineries. Then in 2009, 32 wineries attended The Maryland Wine Festival®. Now, the festival Festival consistently hosts wines from over 30 Maryland Wineries Association’s member wineries.

The Fiore’s Annual Art, Jazz, & Wine Festival

Posted by Tony Fiore

Join us at Fiore Winery for our Annual Art, Jazz, & Wine Festival, August 19th from 12-7pm. Bring a picnic basket and your blanket and chairs and spend the afternoon relaxing to live jazz music. Tastings will be available all day long and guided tours of the vineyard, winery & distillery will be given every hour.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

Tickets $15 at the gate $12 until August 13th.

Music

Project Natale – 12-3

David Bach Consort 3-7pm

Food will be available to purchase from Crossroads Bistro

Wine in the Woods

Posted by Eric Fiore

Since 1969, Howard County’s Department of Recreation & Parks has been creating top-notch recreational programs and award-winning parks and facilities. In addition to Wine in the Woods, Recreation & Parks hosts other popular events throughout the year, such as GreenFest, Spring Fishing Tournament, Sunset Serenades concerts, 4th of July Festival & Fireworks, Rockburn Car Show, Holiday Mart, and many more. We also provide classes in everything from art to Zumba, sports leagues galore, summer camps, licensed child care, and recreational facilities. Our Department also protects natural areas and open space for the public to enjoy. In short, we have something for everyone! Go to www.howardcountymd.gov/rap for more information.

Wine in the Woods is one of the premiere events in the region and a source of pride for Howard County. The entire Department of Howard County Recreation and Parks has worked together as a team to produce this event. The festival has been voted Best Outdoor event by Columbia Magazine in 1997 and 1998 and awarded Best Annual Festival in Howard County by Howard Magazine for the past five years.  It has become a tradition and a mainstay for the local community and beyond, becoming a sparkling tourist attraction that brings visitors from far and wide. How did Wine in the Woods become this unique gem in Howard County?

In 1990, the success of the Carroll County Wine Festival over its five years of operation inspired Paul Farragut, then a County Councilman for District 4 in Columbia, to convince colleagues that a Wine Festival might be a good tourism event for Howard County. This idea was shared with the Administration, who then requested the Department of Recreation and Parks investigate the possibility of Howard County hosting a wine festival.

The first step was to make sure the appropriate legal channels were pursued. Legislation had to be passed regarding the sale and distribution of wine within the county, so the Howard County Delegation put together a bill that would allow a wine festival, featuring Maryland wineries only and its activities to take place in Howard County. Once this legislation was passed in April of 1991, the staff of the Department of Recreation and Parks began the planning for Wine in the Woods.

The next step was to select a date and location, so scheduling and searching for the right property was the next priority. There were several other events within the Department and around the county that had to be worked around to avoid conflicts and after some research and deliberation, it was decided that the weekend after Mother’s Day would be the best time to hold this event. A venue that could park about 10,000 cars and hold a large number of people was needed. One location that could handle this kind of volume was the grounds outside Merriweather Post Pavilion – Symphony Woods.

The location of the festival was established along with the date, participating wineries, vendors and sponsors. The event still didn’t have a name – yet. Since the location was at Symphony Woods, it quickly became clear that “Wine in the Woods” was the right choice.

After facing all the challenges, details, and planning it takes to put on this kind of event, there is one obstacle we can never escape from: Mother Nature. While spring in Maryland can often be the most beautiful time of the year, it has also become the most unpredictable. Native Marylanders know all too well that anything is possible in May: from hot and sunny to cold and rainy.  The weather continues to be an unpredictable factor but we keep going year after year. After all, the show must go on!

In 1997, the event attendance averaged about 7,500 people each day. By 2007, Wine in the Woods welcomed 20,000 people through its gates. Attendance since then has grown to 25,000+ and we continue to plan and prepare for the ever-increasing attendance each year.

As interest in the festival has grown, so does participation from the wineries. To help us facilitate the growing interest from the wineries, the Maryland Winery Association has played a large role in coordinating and serving as a liaison between the Department and the individual wineries. Participation from Maryland Wineries has grown from 10 wineries in 1992 to 35 wineries currently.  In addition to wineries, the event attracts almost fifty artisans, musicians on two stages and over twenty food vendors. It truly is a remarkable festival that has grown over the years to be a premiere event for wine lovers in Howard County and beyond!

Come out and celebrate our 25th annual Wine in the Woods. We look forward to many more years!

Wine in the Woods

Posted by Eric Fiore

Since 1969, Howard County’s Department of Recreation & Parks has been creating top-notch recreational programs and award-winning parks and facilities. In addition to Wine in the Woods, Recreation & Parks hosts other popular events throughout the year, such as GreenFest, Spring Fishing Tournament, Sunset Serenades concerts, 4th of July Festival & Fireworks, Rockburn Car Show, Holiday Mart, and many more. We also provide classes in everything from art to Zumba, sports leagues galore, summer camps, licensed child care, and recreational facilities. Our Department also protects natural areas and open space for the public to enjoy. In short, we have something for everyone! Go to www.howardcountymd.gov/rap for more information.

Wine in the Woods is one of the premiere events in the region and a source of pride for Howard County. The entire Department of Howard County Recreation and Parks has worked together as a team to produce this event. The festival has been voted Best Outdoor event by Columbia Magazine in 1997 and 1998 and awarded Best Annual Festival in Howard County by Howard Magazine for the past five years.  It has become a tradition and a mainstay for the local community and beyond, becoming a sparkling tourist attraction that brings visitors from far and wide. How did Wine in the Woods become this unique gem in Howard County?

In 1990, the success of the Carroll County Wine Festival over its five years of operation inspired Paul Farragut, then a County Councilman for District 4 in Columbia, to convince colleagues that a Wine Festival might be a good tourism event for Howard County. This idea was shared with the Administration, who then requested the Department of Recreation and Parks investigate the possibility of Howard County hosting a wine festival.

The first step was to make sure the appropriate legal channels were pursued. Legislation had to be passed regarding the sale and distribution of wine within the county, so the Howard County Delegation put together a bill that would allow a wine festival, featuring Maryland wineries only and its activities to take place in Howard County. Once this legislation was passed in April of 1991, the staff of the Department of Recreation and Parks began the planning for Wine in the Woods.

The next step was to select a date and location, so scheduling and searching for the right property was the next priority. There were several other events within the Department and around the county that had to be worked around to avoid conflicts and after some research and deliberation, it was decided that the weekend after Mother’s Day would be the best time to hold this event. A venue that could park about 10,000 cars and hold a large number of people was needed. One location that could handle this kind of volume was the grounds outside Merriweather Post Pavilion – Symphony Woods.

The location of the festival was established along with the date, participating wineries, vendors and sponsors. The event still didn’t have a name – yet. Since the location was at Symphony Woods, it quickly became clear that “Wine in the Woods” was the right choice.

After facing all the challenges, details, and planning it takes to put on this kind of event, there is one obstacle we can never escape from: Mother Nature. While spring in Maryland can often be the most beautiful time of the year, it has also become the most unpredictable. Native Marylanders know all too well that anything is possible in May: from hot and sunny to cold and rainy.  The weather continues to be an unpredictable factor but we keep going year after year. After all, the show must go on!

In 1997, the event attendance averaged about 7,500 people each day. By 2007, Wine in the Woods welcomed 20,000 people through its gates. Attendance since then has grown to 25,000+ and we continue to plan and prepare for the ever-increasing attendance each year.

As interest in the festival has grown, so does participation from the wineries. To help us facilitate the growing interest from the wineries, the Maryland Winery Association has played a large role in coordinating and serving as a liaison between the Department and the individual wineries. Participation from Maryland Wineries has grown from 10 wineries in 1992 to 35 wineries currently.  In addition to wineries, the event attracts almost fifty artisans, musicians on two stages and over twenty food vendors. It truly is a remarkable festival that has grown over the years to be a premiere event for wine lovers in Howard County and beyond!

Come out and celebrate our 25th annual Wine in the Woods. We look forward to many more years!

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