Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Brandywine trail reports 500 for first weekend

Stopped in to a busy Chaddsford Winery on Sunday en route to my job. In the midst of the first weekend of Harvest Fest, the lobby and adjoining rooms were bustling. So I snapped some photos, bought some wine and headed to Philly.

Karen Cline, of the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail, just wrote to say that despite the rainy weather, trail member wineries reported seeing at least 500 people over the weekend.

This coming weekend, she added, Harvest Fest will conclude for 2008. With the predicted sunny weather and moderate temperatures, turnout is predicted to be higher. Other than wine tastings, visitors to the Harvest Fest can expect music of all types --- rock, blues, folk, soul, jazz, and swing, wine cellar tours, barrel tastings, art shows, hayrides through the vineyard, and great food.

The Harvest Fest is a Passport event. Passport holders can visit all the wineries on the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail from Harvest Fest through Dec. 30. To obtain Passports, visit the member winery of your choice and ask to purchase. Passports are $25 and entitle the holder to wine tastings and a commemorative wine glass. (The sale of Passports ends on Oct. 5.)

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