For its third incarnation, the Grove City Wine and Arts Festival continues to grow.
The festival, hosted by the Grove City Town Center, is scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 14, in downtown Grove City. The festival will offer attendees the chance to sample vintage wine from 11 Ohio wineries and to purchase artwork from more than 80 arts and crafts vendors, including a number of authors.
The number of vendors has significantly increased from last year's event.
"It's about double the size," said Andy Furr, executive director of Grove City Town Center Inc. "We're very impressed with the amount of artists."
The wine vendors include the Plum Run Winery, located in the Grove City Town Center, as well as Buckeye Winery, Camelot Cellars, Deer's Leap Winery, Soine Vineyards, It's Your Winery, Chateau Tebeau Winery, M Cellars, The Grape and Granary, and Signature Wines.
The art show will feature a wide variety of items, including wooden furniture, fine art and other vintage pieces. Also among the vendors will be New York arts dealer Walter Edelman, and through that connection, the festival will have interior decorators and designers, Furr said.
Live music will be featured throughout the festival: Bill Kelley from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., The Ukulele Cowboy Society from 1:30 to 3 p.m., Grapefruit Moon from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Joey and Jessica from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and Ricochet Road from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Local businesses also will be open, selling food during the festival.
"This is really encompassing," Furr said.
This is the third annual Wine and Arts Festival. Last year, attendance was an estimated 12,000 people, and Furr said the feedback has been positive and "fantastic."
"It actually has exceeded our expectations," he said. "We've been very fortunate. The interest has grown more than we ever expected."
Admission to the event is free. Those wishing to purchase wine will be asked to show ID and wear a wristband. Tickets for the tasting are $20, which includes eight tickets and a souvenir glass with the Town Center logo on it.
A tasting sample of two ounces costs one ticket. A five-ounce glass of wine costs three tickets. After the initial tasting, patrons can purchase three tickets for $5.