Imagine a backdrop of fine wine, local microbrews, irresistible food, and entertainment all set in the sleepy Medina County countryside. This setting will soon be a reality at Buffalo Creek Retreat in Seville when the first-ever Uncorked Medina Wine Festival debuts in July.
The festival takes place July 21 and 22 and will feature the aforementioned delicacies as well as displays and demonstrations by a variety of exhibitors in an indoor and outdoor marketplace. Hosted by seasoned event promoters and managers, Bloom Event Planning and Management Services, LLC and Creative Show Promotions LLC, the event will benefit the Friends of Medina County Parks.
“If you love the warmth of the summer sun, good wine, craft beers, and entertainment, and you want to support the local parks, then you will have a great time,” says Jeanne Hurt, one of the event organizers.
“Kelley, my business partner, and I reached out to Linda Loveless of Creative Show Promotions. She told us that she wanted to organize a local wine festival, and we shared that interest. That’s how it started. The partnership with the parks was born when we were looking for the perfect venue to host the festival, and we are all beyond thrilled. The festival is benefiting such a great cause and taking place in one of our beautiful parks.”
Friends of Medina County Parks is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Medina County Park District through volunteerism and fundraising. Over the park district’s 52-year history, Friends of Medina County Parks has been instrumental in helping acquire and enhance land for parks — including the popular Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park in Granger Township, opened in 2013. One of the group’s major impacts is through its funding of the Connecting Children and Nature Grant, which provides transportation cost assistance to school groups wishing to travel to the Wolf Creek Environmental Center for field studies — helping connect more than 5,000 children with nature every year.
“The event will include culinary demonstrations on both Friday and Saturday. We are featuring international, domestic, and Ohio wines, and a variety of beer. Expect to taste wines by Gervasi Vineyard in Canton, Troutman Vineyards in Wooster. and Medina County wineries including Filia Winery, It’s Your Winery, The Winery at Wolf Creek, and Frontier Cider Co.
“You can also purchase tickets for the Twilight Dinner,” continues Hurt, “Which takes place Friday night at 6 pm. Chef Anthony Scolaro, of 111 Bistro in Medina, will prepare a multi-course dinner with which he will pair specialty wines.”