Local food, music at wine fest

Published 9:31 pm Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Contessa Winery will be one of several area wineries on hand at the St. Joseph Wine Festival Aug. 27. File photo

The St. Joseph Wine Festival will be held at Silver Beach Shadowland Pavilion in St. Joseph on Saturday, Aug. 27 from 6 to 10 p.m.
Participating local wineries include Tabor Hill Winery, White Pine Winery, Contessa Winery, Domaine Berrien and Lemon Creek Winery. Chateau Chantal Grand Traverse and Leelanau Cellars from northern Michigan will also be present. The Pump House and Cassava Latin Cuisine will feature a tapas menu.
Local musician Charlene Jones Clark with special guest Marcus Robinson will open for The Big Payback from Madison, Wis. The Big Payback is a hard-hitting nine-piece band featuring a four-man horn section and a soulful female vocalist.
Tickets are $10 for general admission lawn seating (bring a chair) and $15 reserved seating if purchased by Aug. 26. Ticket prices at the gate are $15 general admission and $20 reserved seating. All tickets include a commemorative wine glass and one glass of wine. Advanced tickets can be purchased at the St. Joseph Today office, 421 State St. in downtown St. Joseph on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Call (269) 985-1111 for more info or visit the festival website at www.stjosephwinefestival.com.