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Annual celebration of local wines comes back to beach September 28-29

If you are in Ocean City this week, you may notice a couple of changes as you drive down Coastal Highway. The speed limit, normally 40 mph through North Ocean City, has been reduced to 30 mph, and Downtown, the speed limit has also been reduced. This is due to the expected, unauthorized H2Oi Pop-Up Rally.  It is reasonable to expect heavier than usual traffic, noise and strict enforcement of vehicle laws during the week and weekend.

Each fall, in the height of festival season, the best winemakers on the East Coast congregate in Ocean City, Md for an annual celebration of their craft. Wine on the Beach returns to town September 28 & 29 for the 24th annual installment of the event. Taking place at the Inlet Parking Lot near the pier and the beach, Wine on the Beach will feature a wide selection of  wines by the region’s top wineries, as well as other staples you’d expect from an Ocean City festival.

In addition a well-rounded selection of wine offerings from Boordy Vineyards, Bordeleau, Far Eastern Shore Winery, Knob Hall Winery, Layton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery, Cove Point Winery, Linganore Winecellars. Solomon’s Island Winery, St. Michael’s Winery and more, there will also be vendors serving up an array of local fair food favorites and local Delmarva cuisine. Winefest will also have arts and craft displays, locally brewed craft beers, and popular local recording artists, including Bird Dog and The Road Kings, Kevin O’Brennan and Shoreline, and 3 Penny Opera, to provide music conductive to relaxation during the days of the festival.

While strolling from winery to winery with your complimentary Wine Fest tasting glass you will receive upon entering, you can mingle with your friends while sipping fine wine, marveling at locally made arts and crafts, and enjoying the live entertainment on the sand stage along the way. Bring your chair or blanket and enjoy the entertainment.

photo by octhebeach.com

The festival will be open Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., and General Admission tickets are $35 at the gate. The cost includes a commemorative wine glass and wine tasting samples. For those who don’t drink or are tasked with driving, General Admission includes a commemorative wine glass and unlimited soft drinks from the designated driver location. Tickets for children 13-20 are $15 and kids 12 and under can enter free, but no one under 21 years of age is admitted without a parent.

For advance tickets and additional information call the Wine Line at 410-280-3306 or visit the official Winefest website for a discount coupon.

This article was first published in 2014 and was updated for the 2018 season –ed.

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