AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The 13th annual Wine & Food Festival Presented by Kroger is coming to Meadow Brook Music Festival Aug. 24-25 with more wine and food than ever, a performance stage presented by the Detroit Jazz Festival and a special deal to see Lyle Lovett. The festival will be held 1 p.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24 and 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25.
Tickets at $25 general admission for both days of the Wine & Food Festival are available at Palacenet.com, The Palace Ticket Store and all Ticketmaster locations, including The Locker Room Store at Great Lakes Crossing. Tickets may be also charged by phone to American Express, Discover, Visa and MasterCard by calling 800.745.3000. "Designated Driver" tickets may be purchased for $10 and include two free soft drinks.
Get an even better deal to attend the Wine & Food Festival and see singer, composer and actor Lyle Lovett and his Large Band Sunday, at 8 p.m. – purchase one-day admission to the festival either Saturday or Sunday and attend the Lovett concert on Sunday evening – with tickets at $35 in the pavilion and $30 on the lawn.
More than 150 award-winning wineries from throughout the state of Michigan and across the globe are showcased in themed varieties – "Michigan; Love from the Glove!," "Around The World," "La Dolce Vita," "Summer Whites," "Under The Tuscan Sun," "South American Feast (Chile and Argentina)," "Au' Natural – Organic Wines," "Barefoot –n- Bubbles," "Around The World in a Glass," "California Dreamin'," "Summer in Italy," "Peel Me A Grape, " "$20 and Under – California Gems," "Best Buys Under $10" and "Wine Smoothies." The festival's on-site retail store will have select wines available for purchase by the bottle or case.
Oenophiles or casual wine connoisseurs can also attend wine and food seminars through the weekend:
Saturday, Aug. 24
3 p.m. Charlie Cline, "Great Green Grapes," How Cline's Natural Farming Makes More Flavorful Wine
5 p.m. Gerry Baker, Sparkling Wines at the Table – Sparkling wines are not just for celebration
6 p.m. Bill Autenreith, "Love from the Glove" Celebrating Local Wine & Food Pairing local edibles with local wines
8 p.m. "Gnarly Dude," How Really Old Vines Can Add Zip to Your Wine
Sunday, Aug. 25
2 p.m. Great Green Grapes: How Cline's Natural Farming Makes More Flavorful Wine
4 p.m. Gnarly Dude: How Really Old Vines Can Add Zip to Your Wine
Wine & Food Festival organizers are also excited to team with Detroit Jazz Festival organizers to provide live entertainment on the Meadow Brook grounds:
"We are thrilled to be partnering with a wonderful and well-established event such as Wine & Food Festival," said Gretchen Valade, chair of the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation Board. "We are aligned with the festival and Palace Sports & Entertainment in our commitment to produce valuable cultural and entertainment events that enrich this region and its residents. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship."
Saturday, Aug. 24
Sunday, Aug. 25
2:30-3:30 p.m., 4-5 p.m. – Acoustic Madness
5:30-6:30 p.m., 7-8 p.m. – Shahida Nurullah Quartet
2-3 p.m., 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. -- Wendall Harrison Quartet
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