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32nd Annual North East Wine Festival Underway

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The North East Wine Festival kicked off Friday night, with hundreds making it out to the opening night of the 32nd annual event.

This year, there are 11 local wineries to stop at and taste.  You can sample all the wine they have, at Gravel Pit Park and Gibson Park in North East.

There's also a kids area at Heard Park, and even some local vendors and musicians showcasing their talents.

It's one of the area's favorite events, and one of the best ways to showcase Lake Erie Wine Country.

"People come here, and to see the town of North East, they see the grape vineyards and the lake, it does showcase our wines," said Jeff Ore, of Penn Shore Winery. "An there's artisans that are out here, so it's good for everyone."

The festival gets bigger and bigger every year. This year, 30,000 people are expected to turn out for the three-day festival.

Wineries there say this event is as much fun for them, as it is for the people who go there.

"You see such a high concentration of people and they're all in the mood to have fun and it's fun to have fun with them," said Scott, from Courtyard Winery. 

"Here in North East, we of course grow a lot of Niagara and Concord, and so the smell is in the air of grapes and it's such a cool thing for them to be able to come and taste it in the bottle and after it has been aged," said Laurie, from Arundel Cellars.

The festival goes throughout the weekend, kicking off again Saturday at noon and going until 8 PM. They'll also be there Sunday from noon until 5 PM.

For a full list of events and prices, you can click here.

 

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