Happening this Weekend:  Home Wine and Beer Makers’ Festival

The 2024 Lake County Home Wine and Beer Makers’ Festival comes to Lakeport’s Library Park this year on Saturday, June 8, from noon to 5 p.m.

This family-friendly event has been going on for 22 years and is the largest fundraiser for the Lake County Symphony Association, which supports the Lake County Symphony, Community & Youth Orchestra, in-school music programs, and Allegro scholarship programs.

All home winemakers and brewers are eligible for the gold, silver and bronze ribbons awarded for a range of varietals and brews.

All amateur participants will have a chance to win the popular “Peoples’ Choice” awards voted on by attendees, with results announced during the festival.

As usual, tasters will also have a chance to sample wines from several Lake County commercial wineries, including Smiling Dogs, Rosa D’Oro, R Vineyards, Six Sigma and Brassfield Estate.

Don’t drink wine or beer? You can skip the entry fee and spend your time looking- and buying- original arts and crafts, clothing and agricultural products.

Non-tasters can support the symphony by purchasing “barrel of wine” raffle tickets or by participating in the popular silent auction, which features a variety of unique items donated by local businesses, along with original creations donated by artists.

Advance tickets are $30 and are available locally at Watershed Books, Wine in the Willows, Lake County Chamber of Commerce and Fore Family Vineyards. Tickets are also available online at Eventbrite.

For the latest Winefest information go to https://lakecountywinefest.com. Home winemakers, brewers and participating vendors can find registration forms and deadline dates at the same website. Visit Lake County Winefest on Facebook for more information.