Friday, July 12 is the date for Corks for Conservation, Binder Park Zoo’s 11th annual wine festival. From 6:00 pm-10:00 pm, guests can enjoy tasting some of Michigan’s finest wines, savor assorted appetizers and enjoy high level entertainment at this special fundraising zoo event. More than thirty wine, cider, mead and beer tasting stations are set inside the zoo offering guests the opportunity to sip wine and enjoy strolling the zoo afterhours.
An experience of wine, food, friends, music, and fun, Corks for Conservation has become known as the wildest, most unique wine festival of the summer! The price of admission includes 12 tasting tickets, a souvenir wine glass, a $10 FireKeepers red hot credit and tasty appetizers created by Taste of Binder Park Zoo and FireKeepers Casino Hotel. Cousin Curtiss will provide his brand of high energy blues/bluegrass and self- proclaimed “rootstomp” music on the main stage from 6-8pm followed by the Americana noire and southern gothic sounds of singer/songwriter India Ramey from 8-10pm. Guests can bid on unique and one-of-a-kind items like zoo art and photography, jewelry, private wine tours, golf and much more at the silent auction tables in the Conservation Hall. The live auction will feature six extraordinary items like Z.O. & O. Train Conductor for a Day, the popular Private Dinner Experience in Wild Africa for 12, and a special Frankie Ballard-Old Smokeys Boots combination package to bid on.
Guests can try their luck at the wine pull, check out the scheduled zookeeper chats and of course visit the animals. Then channel your inner child with a ride on the Z.O. & O. Railroad and the Conservation Carousel – it’s all part of the fun at this adults-only zoo event. Admission is $40 for individuals, $75 for couples, and $25 for designated drivers. For an additional $25 per person, a limited number of guests can gain access to the VIP tent for a more exclusive experience with representatives from Detroit Vineyards, Tabor Hill, Perrin Brewing, Millennium Restaurant Group and others. Guests must be age 21 or older and present valid ID at the entrance. Tickets to Corks for Conservation are available for purchase at www.binderparkzoo.org where a complete list of guest vendors can also be viewed.
Corks for Conservation is an important fundraising event for Binder Park Zoo and is made possible through the generous support of Superior Buick Cadillac, Plante Moran and FireKeepers Casino Hotel with DeBree & Associates Insurance, Hilliard Lyons/Baird- Simonds Wealth Advisors, Kellogg Community College, Mega-Bev, Michigan Tile & Carpet, Sandy Woods – State Farm Agent, Southern Michigan Bank & Trust, WBCK and The Edge 104.9.
Additional support is provided by Atlas Sales, BC Sound & Stage, Ron’s Beans and Service Systems Associates.
Purchase advance tickets online at www.binderparkzoo.org or call the zoo office at (269) 979-1351. Cheers!