Parsnip wine, anyone? Amateur winemakers mingle with pros at the Maryland Wine Festival
Wine judges beware: an amateur winemaker competing at the Maryland Wine Festival once entered a vino made with parsnips.
For those who'd rather sip stuff from the professionals, there will be plenty to sample from Western Maryland, Southern Maryland and Eastern Shore wineries.
Festival-goers can take part in light-hearted wine education seminars and, if they're really brave, sign up to judge wine in the homemade wine competition.
Food vendors will range from typical fair fare -- turkey legs and hot dogs -- to Firefly Farms goat cheese on baguettes.
The festival takes place Sept. 18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sept. 19, noon to 6 p.m. at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster.
Adult tickets are $22 in advance (available online), $25 at the gate. Designated driver tickets are $20 in advance and at the gate. Tickets are $5 for ages 7 to 20. Kids 6 and under are free.
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