One of the finest backdrops for sampling Michigan vintages is the St. Joseph Wine Festival, September 24th from 4pm to 9pm in Whirlpool Centennial Park, just yards from Lake Michigan. This festival celebrates the arrival of autumn with local wines and cuisine, live music, a public art auction and premier seating for the evening’s sunset. Admission is free.
Presented by Lake Michigan College’s Wine and Viticulture Technology program and St. Joseph Today, this festival brings together the craftwork of some of the area’s favorite winemakers. 12 Corners, Baroda Founders Winery, Cody Kresta Vineyard & Winery, Dablon Vineyards, Fenn Valley Winery, Lazy Ballerina Winery, Lemon Creek Winery, Round Barn/Free Run Winery, Tabor Hill Winery, and White Pine Winery will be popping corks and pouring tastes throughout the event. Wine tasting starts at $10 and includes five drink tickets and a souvenir wine glass. Tastings may be purchased with 1-2 tickets or by the glass with 4-8 tickets. A small selection of hard cider and craft beers also will be available from Bud Distributing.
The wine will be paired with food choices, available for cash, from popular local restaurants, Coach’s Bar & Grill and The Bistro on the Boulevard.
Entertainment will be provided by a live concert on the Festival stage featuring Traverse City, Mich., funk band, Medicinal Groove.
“One of the highlights of this festival is the City of St. Joseph Public Art Auction,” said Whitney Behnke, executive director, St. Joseph Today. “This year’s theme was “Beach Bugs” and the City will put nearly two dozen one-of-a-kind sculptures on the auction block including caterpillars, snails, ladybugs and, bumble bees.
Registration for live auction paddle numbers is from 4pm to 5:45pm at Whirlpool Centennial Park, with Auctioneer Jerry Glassman starting the bidding at 5:45pm. Behnke said this year all live auction bids will start at $500 or the sculpture’s highest silent auction bid. For more information about the silent auction and live auction opportunities, contact Susan Solon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 269.983.5541. Proceeds from this year’s auction will help fund future outdoor art exhibits hosted by the city.
Sponsors for the Wine Festival include Lake Michigan College’s Wine and Viticulture Technology program, Beaudoin Electrical Construction, the City of St. Joseph, 98.3 The Coast and 94.9 WSJM.
To learn more about this and other fall events, contact St. Joseph Today, a 501(c)(3) membership-based organization dedicated to developing and promoting events and business in St. Joseph and its surrounding communities. Visit www.stjoetoday.com,facebook.com/stjoetoday or call 269-985-1111.