LINCOLN PARK — The Lincoln Park Wine Fest returns this weekend after being rescheduled three times over the past year and a half due to the pandemic.
Wine Fest is 5-10 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday at Jonquil Park, 1001 W. Wrightwood Ave. There will be food pavilions selling top-of-the-line wines and food, according to a news release. Sommeliers and brand ambassadors throughout the park will help people learn more about wine.
General admission tickets are available online and cost $40 in advance or $50 at the door, according to the news release. Ticket holders will have access to a two-hour tasting session where they can sample 12 types of wine.
VIP tickets, which are only sold in advance, cost $65 and include 12 standard wine tastings along with five additional specialty wines people can choose from, according to the event’s website.
“What I always like about the festival is it’s a really good variety of wines,” said Hank Zemola, CEO of Special Events Management, which runs the festival. “The event will have 60-65 wines so people can really take some time, identify and compare various products because no two wines are the same.”
Each tasting session will be capped at 600 people and every participant will receive a commemorative wine glass.
The Lincoln Park Wine Fest was originally scheduled for spring 2020, but it got pushed back to that fall — then again to this spring — before landing at this weekend, which corresponds with harvest time for the wine industry, Zemola said.
The fest is also a great way to cap the summer and early fall festival season, Zemola said.
“Wine Fest is a good way to go out because it is a little more low-key, has a different audience and will have a nice fall environment,” Zemola said.
More information, including a full schedule of the festival, can be found on Lincoln Park Wine Fest’s website.
Jake Wittich is a Report for America corps member covering Lakeview, Lincoln Park and LGBTQ communities across the city for Block Club Chicago.
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