Cleveland Wine Festival

Cleveland Wine Festival, Cleveland Ohio
(courtesy of the Cleveland Wine Festival)

The Cleveland Wine Festival, held each summer,is a two-day celebration of wine, food, music, and friends. Events include wine and food demonstrations, wine tastings, and live music. The event is back at Voinovich Bicentennial Park for 2013. The 2013 dates are June 14-15.

The Wine:

The Cleveland Wine Festival showcases 220+ wines from all around the world, with about 25 percent Ohio wine. Vendors are set up around the park and guests have an opportunity to taste and learn about a variety of wines. This is not a snobby affair; even the wine beginner will feel welcome.

The Food:

In addition to the wine, food from local restaurants will be available for tastings and for purchase. There will also be cooking demonstrations by local chefs. Past participants have included the Cleveland Marriott Downtown, La Dolce Vita, Fahrenheit, and Stancato's.

Other Attractions at the Cleveland Wine Festival:

In addition to the wine and food, the Cleveland Wine Festival features live musical entertainment each day. Grab a glass of wine and some food and sit on the lawn to enjoy the show.

Hours and Admission:

The Cleveland Wine Festival is open Friday, June 14, from 4pm to 10pm and on Saturday, June 15, from 2pm to 8pm.

Tickets are $29 in advance and $35 at the gate. Admission includes a souvenir wine glass, ten tastings, food and wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, and live music. A $10 designated driver ticket is also available and includes two soft drinks instead of the tastings. Children under 21 are admitted free with a paid adult admission.

Buying Wine at the Cleveland Wine Festival:

Those attending the Cleveland Wine Festival have the opportunity to buy the wines featured by the bottle or by the case. Due to Ohio's wine laws, you will fill out an order form and have the wines delivered to your home or pick them up at a Giant Eagle store, one of the festival's sponsors.

Hotels near the Cleveland Wine Festival:

The Cleveland Wine Festival is also within walking distance of major downtown hotels, such as the Renaissance Cleveland (check rates)and the Ritz Carlton (check rates). For less expensive accommodations, try one of the hotels at the I-77/Rockside Road corridor

(updated 6-1-13)


Ample parking is available at the Nautica parking lots.

In addition, RTA's waterfront line stops within walking distance of the festival and connects to points all over town.

Hotels near the Cleveland Wine Festival:

The Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center is offering a special "Sip, Savor, and Sleep" package in conjunction with the Cleveland Wine Festival. The package includes accommodations, a welcome bottle of wine, breakfast for two, and admission to the festival. For more information on the package, see the hotel's Web site.

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