This past weekend Kurtz's Beach in Pasadena, MD hosted it's 3rd annual Wine on the Water Festival. I've been to all three, and I have to say that the third time is the charm. The staff and event coordinators seem to have worked out all the kinks of years past, and are now operating a well oiled machine.
The weather couldn't have been better for this 2017 edition, which added to the enjoyment of the event. This year featured live music from 6 bands, 14 local food vendors, over two dozen artisans & crafters, and 15 wineries offering tastings. Attendance was high, over 1400 people were in attendance on Saturday, but it did not feel crowded. Lines remained short and people were moving thanks to a well organized sitemap and distribution of vendors.
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One of my favorite improvements from this years event was the addition of more food trucks. And with more trucks comes more variety, from crab cakes to funnel cakes. There was no shortage of good eats that wouldn't satisfy even the most picky foodie. Local favorites including Jimmy's Famous Seafood and Jeno's Steaks were in attendance. As someone who was not drinking at the event, this was definitely a welcome indulgence.
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Wine was flowing, and there was no shortage of it. With 15 wineries and about 75 wines to choose from, including Maryland's own Linganore Wine Cellars. Sweet white wine tends to be a favorite at wine tasting events and there was an abundance of it this year. Those who wished could also purchase full bottles of their favorites and enjoy them on the lawn by the water front.
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I can't forget about all the hardworking vendors who came to showcase their unique crafts and products for sale. There was plenty of unique Maryland themed items to decorate your home and apparel to be worn. Or you could even paint your own themed wine glass with UPaintIt. My wife and I walked away from the College Park bred Route One Apparel stand with clever "Pinch or Treat" matching t-shirts for our boys.
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Overall this was a wonderful event and I'm glad to see that they are improving every year. If you didn't make it out to Wine on the Water at Kurtz's Beach don't worry, it will be around next October and I'm sure it will be better than ever!
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