Annual Winnipesaukee Wine Festival Returns to Church Landing for 9th Year

Through a wine glassThe Lakes Region is gearing up for the event of the year—two fun nights of fabulous food, wine, and music on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee that will showcase wines from around the world, along with fabulous food from local restaurants—all while raising funds for two local non-profit theater organizations: Advice To The Players in Center Sandwich, and the Flying Monkey Children’s Theater and Arts Program through the Plymouth Parks and Recreation Department. .

The Ninth Annual Winnipesaukee Wine Festival will take place on Thursday, June 5th from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Winnipesaukee Ballroom at Church Landing in Meredith. Hosted by The Common Man Family of Restaurants and The Martignetti Companies of New Hampshire, the festival will feature wine, spirits, and beer from local, national and international wineries and breweries, including our own Lakes Region Squam Brewing CompanyCisco Brewery of Nantucket, Tito’s Hand Made Vodka, Joel Gott Wines, Layer Cake Wines, Cannonball, Sean Minor Wines, and Rombauer, among others.

The evening will also feature an ice bar with spirits and beer from Cisco Brewers of Nantucket. The Brewery will be offering samples of their Whale’s Tale Ale and Triple Eight Vodka, with the latter being freshly mixed into martinis that will be poured down an ice sculpture luge created by Jeff Day of Not So Plain Jane’s in Rumney.

The Common Man’s Lakehouse Grille, Lago, and Camp will provide hors d’oeuvres and food to accompany the wines, as will The Corner House Inn, Big Love Mexican Diner, Ben & Jerry’s, and Six Burner Bistro. Music for the event will be provided by the talented local jazz duo of Don Williams and David Tonkin, who play frequently throughout New Hampshire in various jazz ensembles and bands. Numerous prizes will be up for grabs at a live auction and raffle, including a seaside getaway in Nantucket, an overnight stay at Church Landing at Mill Falls in Meredith, and a getaway to an Adirondack-style cabin.

Wine festival tickets are $50 per person, and all proceeds will benefit the two non-profits. “Everything is donated at this event,” explains Diane Downing of the Common Man Family, who is organizing the festival. “the food, the wine, the staff—they graciously volunteer their time . . . the music is all donated. When you purchase your ticket for the event, every penny of that goes to the charity.”

A pre-Wine Festival Beach Party at the Common Man’s Town Docks outdoor beach bar overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith will be held the night before on Wednesday, June 4th starting at 6 pm. The evening will feature wine, fun beach food, and live music outdoors. “It’s really is like a little beach party,” says Diane. “We dance and eat great food and drink great wine— come and take your flip-flops off!” Admission to this event is free and a portion of the proceeds will also benefit the theater programs.

For attendees wishing to stay overnight, Mill Falls at the Lake is offering special Winnipesaukee Wine Festival rates on rooms for both nights, so guests can wine and dine all night long and not worry about driving home. Stay at the Inn at Mill Falls for $139 or at Church Landing for $169. Rooms may be booked online at millfalls.com with code 20R47X, or call Mill Falls at the Lake directly at 1-800-622-6455. Room availability is limited and will be granted on a first come, first served basis.

For information about the Ninth Annual Winnipesaukee Wine Festival visit thecman.com or call (603) 968-9330 to order tickets. Space is limited and advanced tickets and reservations are strongly suggested.

Advice To The Players of Center Sandwich is a unique company of theater professionals, enthusiastic community members, and energetic teens that has been performing Shakespeare and offering workshops in New Hampshire’s Lakes and Mountains Regions since 1999. The non-profit relies on the generous support of its patrons to offer and expand award-winning programs including classes, workshops, summer camps, and full-scale productions of Shakespeare’s plays. Visit advicetotheplayers.org for more information.

The Plymouth Parks and Recreation’s Flying Monkey Children’s Theater and Arts program provides a theater camp experience for grades K – 8 from June 16 – 20 at the Common Man family’s Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center in Plymouth. A portion of the proceeds from the wine festival will go towards scholarships to assist children in attending the camp. Call (603) 536-1397 for registration information or visit pes.sau48.org and click on Parks and Recreation.

The Winnipesaukee Wine Festival is a wonderful way to welcome summer, enjoy good food and wine, and help out a great cause all at once. Cheers!

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

Image credit: dicktay2000 at Flickr.com

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