Lake County Home Wine Makers Festival-Lakeport, Ca

Event Date: June 16, 2018 : 12:00 PM-5:00 PM


Each year for the last 17 years, amateur wine makers and home brewers gather in June to offer the public tastes of their best efforts in the Home Wine and Beer Festival and they'll do it again this year on Saturday, June 16th. Along with the amateurs many of Lake County's leading commercial wineries and brewers will also sample their products, giving visitors the chance to taste and test some of the best beverages the County has to offer, all in one place at one time.

The event takes place from 12 PM to 5 PM at Lakeport's Library Park, and also includes dozens of vendors offering arts, crafts, agricultural products and food. It's sponsored by non-profit Lake County Symphony Association as a fundraiser, and all proceeds go to support the group's music activities including the acclaimed Lake County Symphony and Youth Orchestras, as well as music teaching and scholarship programs.

Admission to The Winefest, as it's been abbreviated, is $25 per person advance purchase or $30 at the gate. A list of advance purchase outlets can be obtained by calling (651) 238-2833, or Advance credit card ticket sales can be made by calling 707-279-2997. Each ticket includes a commemorative wine glass.

Most of the amateurs will have entered their wines and beers in advance for professional judging and results will be announced during the Festival. In addition ticket holders will get the chance to vote for their favorites in the popular People's Choice awards.

Since it's sponsored by a music organization there will be music throughout the Festival provided by the Johnny Tsunami Quartet, they are Tall Paul Dowling, Steve Dubois, and Lake County's own Tom Aiken, who has been a key player with the symphony for a number of years. A major raffle and Silent Auction produced by volunteers from the Symphony Association, will also be offered.

Children and leashed pets are welcome, although tastings are restricted to those 21 years and older.

Wine Submissions will need to be delivered the day of the event. A 750-milliliter bottle of each varietal to be judged must be delivered to the drop-off location at the Lakeport Yacht Club 15 5th Street, 2 blocks North of Library Park on the water. Please deliver your entries between 8:30 AM and 9:30 AM the day of the event. Download an entry form and bring with your submission.

To apply to have a booth at the event, fill out and send a Booth Application to:

Home Winemakers Festival@LCSA, PO Box 974, Lakeport, CA 95453

Contact Ed for more information 707-289-4163