2017 Home Wine and Beer Makers’ Festival – Call for Participation

Contact Symphony Association President Charlie Schley by June 7.  He can be reached at (707) 279-2997, or lcsacharlie@gmail.com.

Members of the Lake County Symphony Association Wine Club are looking for home brewers and garage wine makers to participate in the 2017 Home Wine and Beer Makers’ Festival taking place from noon-5pm on Saturday, June 17 at Lakeport’s Library Park. The Wine Club sponsors the event as a major fund- raiser for the Lake County Symphony and Youth Orchestra.

Each year, dozens of amateurs from throughout northern California show up to pour tastes of their home-made beverages, hoping to win a coveted “Peoples’ Choice” award from event attendees. There is no booth fee for the amateurs, who have until June 7 to sign up for this year’s festival. Amateur wine makers also have the opportunity to enter their creations for separate professional judging and the chance to win one of the wide range of ribbons offered. They are joined by many of Lake County’s leading commercial wineries, who, although not eligible for prizes (which are restricted to amateurs) nevertheless want to show their support for our fine local music.

Now in its 16th year, the Winefest (as it has been abbreviated) also attracts artists and artisans who offer their wares for sale, along with musicians who provide live entertainment for the entire festival.  Additionally, the Norcal Aircooled Group vintage car club will be on hand with more than four dozen collectable car owners showing off their unique antiques.

Adults eligible for tasting wines and beers are charged $25 at the gate, or $20 in advance, available through the Chamber of Commerce or most winery tasting rooms. There is no charge to visit the vendors or to explore the vintage automobiles.

Symphony Association President Charlie Schley urges potential amateur participants to contact him as soon as possible; June 7 is the cutoff date for entries. He can be reached at (707) 279-2997, or lcsacharlie@gmail.com. Additional information is available on-line at www.homewinemakersfestival.com.