Ava, a Brooklyn Park resident (age 8 ½) reports that the mini cannolis were her favorite thing at the Waconia Wine Festival this past July. She certainly had a lot of favorites to pick from — from games like the bean bag toss and the bucket throw challenge, to live musicians serenading guests as they sample the many culinary offerings of food trucks and booths, the two-day festival had tons of fun to offer visitors of every age.
Sovereign Estate Winery, Parley Lake Vineyards, and Schram Vineyard and Brewery teamed up for a wine tasting festival spanning an entire weekend, allowing guests to travel between each of the three locations at their leisure. Tickets for the weekend festival were $25, which included four samples of each location’s featured wines , in a complimentary souvenir wine glass.
In addition to food, music, and games, visitors could shop at the many craft vendors available while they explored the unique qualities of each separate vineyard. As the only wineries in Waconia, the trio have partnered before for the Winemaker’s Progressive Dinner this past May, and the popular Winter Wassail Weekend coming up this December 17-18. This summer festival was new to their calendar, and it drew quite a crowd!
Ava’s parents weren’t the only non-Waconians: people came from all over, including Plymouth resident and bride-to-be Ann Martin with her entourage of bridesmaids, who had chosen the festival as the venue for her bachelorette party, complete with a Hummer limo serving as their designated driver.
Waconia is about an hour’s drive from the Twin Cities and guests unanimously agreed that it was well worth the trip. It’s a short but very scenic drive through fields, prairies, and lakeside woodlands surrounding the area.
If you missed this year’s Waconia Wine Festival, take heart. You can still visit each of the wineries during their regular hours, and plan on putting their next event on your calendar. Take a tip from Ava – next year, try the cannolis!
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