(Vevay, Ind.) – Grab your wine glass and head to the party going on this weekend at Paul Ogle Riverfront Park in Vevay.
The 42nd Annual Swiss Wine Festival – rated a top 10 event in Indiana by Top Events USA – got underway Thursday and continues through Sunday. This year’s theme: “Celebrate grape times!”
The festival is an end-of-summer boost to the Switzerland County economy. Last year, organizers estimate the festival drew 20,000 visitors to sample Indiana’s best wines, take riverboat cruises on the Ohio River, and enjoy the rides.
Festival president Kirk Works said he believes this will be the biggest Swiss Wine Festival yet.
“We have 12 wineries and there will be over 100 varieties of wines that people can sample,” said Works. “You can purchase by the bottle or case and take it home with you. We have locally made cheese and chocolates made with wine.”
Of course, the wine pavilion is restricted to those age 21 and older.
Friday’s feature entertainment is Tracy Lawrence. The country star with 18 number one singles will take the main stage at 8:45 p.m.
The bicentennial and grand festival parade takes place at 10:00 a.m. Saturday. Eagle 99.3 will be broadcasting live from the festival from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday night activities include more live music including a Tim McGraw tribute band and a laser light show.
Best of Indiana has rated the Swiss Wine Festival the 4th best food festival in the Hoosier state.
“We’ve got all kinds of food,” Works said.
Admission to the festival is just $5. You can find more information on the Swiss Wine Festival online at www.swisswinefestival.org or by calling or call (812) 427-9463.