More than 100 Tennessee wines and hard ciders will be featured at the first annual Nine Lakes Wine Festival, Saturday, May 20, 1:00 to 6:00 p.m., on the waterfront Melton Lake Park in Oak Ridge, which is located at 697 Melton Lake Drive.
The festival brings together 20 Tennessee wineries. Tickets also include food, chef demonstrations by The Cutting Edge Classroom, and wine seminars by local wine judges and educators. The wineries will be arranged in “trails” for a seamless tasting experience.
Festival goers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and enjoy the lakeside. Live music will provide a perfect backdrop for the wine tasting experience, with bands like Knox Vegas Ramblers, Stock Creek Band, Barefoot Sanctuary and more!
A “Barrels of Fun Charity Race,” typically seen in Italian wine festivals, will offer 12 East Tennessee charities a chance to nab a coveted wine barrel trophy. All charities will receive a portion of the gate proceeds as well.
Festival tickets are on sale at www.NineLakesWineFestival.com through May 17. After that, they are available at the gate. General admission to the Grand Tasting is $40 per person ($50 at the gate), and a Non-Tasting ticket is offered for $20. It includes food, non-alcoholic drinks, and entertainment. An exclusive VIP Experience is available for $80 in a limited quantity, online only.
Things to know before heading to the festival:
FREE Parking and “Big Love Bus” Shuttles are available at Roane State Community College, 701 Briarcliff Ave., Oak Ridge. The shuttle runs from 12:15 to 7 p.m., Saturday, May 20. There are three shuttle buses, so you won’t have to wait! While the Big Love Bus has wide aisles and room for a wheelchair, there is no chair lift. Limited handicapped parking is available at Melton Lake Park. A drop-off area is available as well.
FREE Parking is available all along Melton Lake Drive, Oak Ridge. Click here to see it on Google Maps.
$10 LIMITED Parking is available in the lot at Melton Lake Drive, available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Grand Tasting, 1 p.m., May 20.
VIP Entrance, 12:30 p.m., May 20.
DON’T FORGET YOUR ID! You won’t be able to taste wine unless you are over 21 with a Valid ID, even if you have a ticket.