A favorite day of wine aficionados from throughout the Midwest has changed its traditional date as well as its name. The 21st annual Vintage Indiana Wine Festival has become Vintage Indiana – Harvest Festival for 2020, and will move from its usual first Saturday in June to Saturday, October 17. Military Park in Downtown Indianapolis remains the venue.
This signature event of the Purdue Wine Grape Team attracts well over 10,000 fans of wine, food, music and good times annually.
“A tremendous amount of planning goes into an event the size and scope of Vintage Indiana,” said Katie Barnett, Purdue Wine Grape Team marketing specialist. “We’re two months out from the event right now and still grappling with so many uncertainties associated with the Coronavirus pandemic. Instead of delaying a decision concerning Vintage, we believed it was in everyone’s best interest to take necessary steps now to make the move, hopefully to when this is behind us and we’re all ready to gather with family and friends at an event that’s beloved.”
As always, nearly 30 wineries will be on site in the park on October 17 to sample more than 300 of their finest wines, and sell bottles for take-home. Guests also will discover day-long music, numerous Indiana artisans’ booths and a wide variety of tasty foods to explore.
“Vintage Indiana is the biggest annual celebration of wines produced only in Indiana,” Barnett noted. “The festival is dedicated to celebrating not just the wine, but the spirit of Indiana winemakers – the only winemakers in the world capable of blending Hoosier hospitality into every bottle!”
Tickets for Vintage Indiana – Harvest Festival are on sale now at VintageIndiana.com; tickets purchased earlier will be honored for October 17. Among ticketing selections are:
• VIP Early Admission ($50 advance), which allows entry into the park starting at 10a with wine pours beginning at 11. The VIP crowd will enjoy exclusive park entrances, myriad sweet treats featuring lots of Vintage bling, energetic musical entertainment by DJ Kurt Streblow, and more.
• Adult General Admission ($30 advance; $40 at gate). The first 10,000 to enter Military Park through their own exclusive entrances beginning at 12n will receive complimentary commemorative etched wine glasses.
• VIP Designated Drivers ($25) will be allowed park entry starting at 10a, and quench their thirst with unlimited Pepsi products inside the park throughout the day. They also can purchase bottles of wine to take home.
• Designated Drivers ($15) will enter the park at 12n, quench their thirst with unlimited Pepsi products throughout the day, and can purchase bottles of wine to take home.
• JW Marriott Hotel Package ($264 to $354). Vintage guests love making a weekend of it in Downtown Indianapolis by booking either a basic or VIP overnight package at the luxurious JW Marriott Hotel, located within easy walking distance of Military Park.
(Please note: each ticket purchased will carry a nominal EventBrite service fee.)
Vintage Indiana – Harvest Festival, which runs rain or shine, is an exclusive 21+ event; everyone will be asked to present ID for entry into the park on October 17. Barnett says guests are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and small pop-up tents to enhance their festival experience.
“You’ll have the opportunity to sample exclusive Vintage wines, award-winning wines and wine cocktails,” she said, “plus we’ll have the state’s finest culinary experts on hand with local foods available for purchase. Artisan vendors will be offering handmade crafts and wares, there will be plenty of music throughout the day to set the mood for dancing or just listening and relaxing, and we’re planning lots of other special attractions such as a photo booth, caricaturist, cash booth, games, prizes and more!”
In addition to a music playlist crafted by DJ Kurt Streblow during the two hours of VIP Early Admission, guests will enjoy live music by Mixed Tape from 1 to 3p, and be entertained by the popular Flying Toasters from 4 to 6.
“It’s a fun, spirited festival filled with everyone’s favorite things including, of course, Indiana wines,” Barnett said. “And with the change to a fall date, guests will be able to enjoy the gorgeous autumn colors in Military Park!” Complete festival details can be found at VintageIndiana.com, including listings of wineries, food vendors and artisans that will be on site on October 17.
Vintage Indiana – Harvest Festival is presented by Indiana Wines, the Purdue University-based organization that provides research and marketing expertise to the state’s 100+ wineries.
For more information visit: vintageindiana.com