Toast dad at Weko Beach wine festival

Published 8:48 am Thursday, June 13, 2013

Dancing was a big part of last year's wine festival. Submitted photo

Dancing was a big part of last year’s wine festival. Submitted photo

BRIDGMAN — It’s no secret Southwest Michigan is home to picturesque beaches and award-winning wineries. This year, celebrate your award-winning dad over Father’s Day weekend with a road trip to Michigan’s wine country where the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Country presents its eighth annual Lake Michigan Shore Wine Festival on Saturday.

Family friendly
Title sponsor Southwest Michigan Tourist Council along with The Economic Growth Alliance (Partnership of Lake Township and City of Bridgman) and Lake Michigan Shore Wine Country invite you to a serene summer day on a pristine beach to savor award-winning Michigan wines that are as spectacular as the sunsets.  Live music will enhance the event, which takes place under a big-top tent overlooking beautiful Weko Beach from 1 to 10 p.m.
This is a showcase event where more than 4,000 guests are expected to attend and sample Lake Michigan Shore Wine Country’s locally-grown-and-produced varietals. Admission to the festival is $15 and includes a souvenir wine tasting glass. Tasting tickets are $1 per ticket — 1 ticket for a taste and five to seven tickets for a glass). Wrap this into a day filled with sun and sand, cuisine from a local caterer and you have a summer festival ideal for the entire family.

New this year
Several new additions focus on sustainable, quality, local food.
Cody Kresta Vineyard and Winery will offer a selection of red and white wines, all handcrafted at its vintage 1882 homestead in southern Michigan.
New food offerings include delectable, high-end beef from Chicago’s Wagyu Wagon and custom sweets from Davis Chocolate, the only bean-to-bar chocolate manufacturer located in Indiana.
$15 admission tickets are available at the door.