Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival Celebrates 10 Years
10th Annual Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival -- September 5-7, 2014

The Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival returns to McHenry, MD September 5-7 with a weekend of food, wine, art, and entertainment. The festival will be held on Saturday, September 6 at the Garrett County Fairgrounds.

The three-day festival, held as a benefit for HART for Animals and the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF), begins Friday, September 5, with pre-fix wine pairing dinners at local restaurants surrounding Deep Creek Lake and the nearby vicinity. The popular dinners pair appetizers, entrees, and desserts with wines from vineyards and distributors from Maryland, as well as, throughout the United States.

Menus for the dinners are posted on the event's website at www.deepcreekwinefest.com according to Paula Yudelevit, event committee co-chair.

"The wine pairing dinners have become enormously popular with festival goers," Ms. Yudelevit says. "We would recommend that anyone interested in attending a dinner make reservations. Information on the menus and securing reservations at the various restaurants will be posted on our website. Coming to the festival Friday and then spending the weekend is a great idea-- it makes for a relaxing, fun fall weekend get-away."

The festival gets underway on Saturday, September 6 at noon and continues until 6 p.m. at the Garrett County Fairgrounds. Maryland wineries as well as wine distributors from across the United States will provide tastings of over 200 wines. In addition, a selection of premium wines will be available for tasting in the VIP Wine Tasting Area. For an additional cost, guests will enjoy highly rated and estate-bottled wines, along with music and hors d'oeuvres in a private area.

Wine lovers will also be able to enjoy a juried art show, with over 35 professional artisans displaying jewelry, pottery, oil paintings, hand crafted wood work and more. Children's activities will also be available on-site, and a silent auction will be held.

Live music will be provided throughout the afternoon.

The festival features an online program for smart phones and other mobile devices that will allow patrons to view the wines and save their selections to a Favorite page and will be available on Saturday at the event.

"This is a website that works similar to an App on your mobile device," says Ken Carbone, inventory chair for the Art & Wine Festival. "You can sort the wines several ways, for example, by type of wine. When you're ready to purchase in the wine store, you no longer have to rely on your memory."

Tickets to the festival are available online at www.deepcreekwinefest.com, and at the entrance to the festival on Saturday, September 6. Tickets are $25 for adults 21 and over and include entry to the festival, unlimited wine tasting and a commemorative glass. Under 21 and entry only is $10 per person. 12 and under are admitted free. The VIP Wine Tasting Area is $20 per person and includes ten wine tasting tickets. New this year: guests may purchase the VIP wines in the wine tasting area, as well as the main wine store. Guests must have a $25 adult festival wrist band for admittance.

Art & Wine Festival lodging packages are available at participating hotels, B&Bs and resort rental agencies. The package includes entrance to the festival, wine tastings, a commemorative wine glass and a certificate that can be used towards the Friday evening wine pairing dinners at local restaurants.

"We could not have this event without the generosity of our sponsors," notes festival co-chair Mary Callis. Sponsors include McHenry Beverage, Long & Foster, Susquehanna Bank, Taylor Made Vacations, Arrowhead Market, Taco Bell, My Bank! First United, RBC Wealth Management, Mountain State Brewing Company, Vacation Surfing, Addison Farm & Industrial Equipment, Railey Mountain Lake Vacations, Shop 'n Save, Little Mountain Promotions, Schoolhouse Earth, NuWay Interiors, Deepcreektimes.com, Piet & Rosie Versteegen, Lake-Front Magazine, Clear Mountain Bank, Archie's, Good Timber Bed & Breakfast, Eye Candy Signs, and The Loft Shop.

HART for Animals, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving the lives of homeless pets in Western Maryland. Through a network of volunteers-- individuals and rescue organizations --HART is able to rescue animals from the Garrett County shelter and give them a chance to find a permanent home. The HART Animal Center on Bumble Bee Road in Accident, MD, offers full-service veterinary services at the Bredel Veterinary Clinic, day and overnight accommodations at the Bed 'n Bark Inn pet hotel, and grooming services at MUTTWorks Salon. The 12,000 square foot building will be completed by the end of this year with the addition of the HART Adoption Center and Shelter, where adoptable animals will never have to be euthanized.

Garrett Lakes Arts Festival's (GLAF) primary purpose is to improve the quality and scope of performing arts for local residents and visitors to Garrett County.  The non-profit organization considers high-quality performing arts to consist of nationally or regionally recognized professional artists in the fields of dance, music and theatre. Arts education provides elementary through high school students experiences that enhance their appreciation and understanding of performing and visual arts.

GLAF's mission is to present high-quality performing arts and provide arts education that appeals to diverse tastes, is affordable, and is suitable for all ages.  A core of 22 citizens evolved from the originators, many of whom remained in leadership roles serving with dedication and distinction in the ensuing years.

For more information on the Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival, please visit www.deepcreekwinefest.com.