Galena Cellars and Vineyards to Host First Annual Fall Harvest Art Festival

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Galena, Illinois – Galena Cellars and Winery has partnered up with the Galena Cultural Arts Alliance in planning the first annual Fall Harvest and Art Festival. The festival will take place on Saturday September 25 and Sunday September 26 at Galena Cellars Vineyard, 4746 N. Ford Road, Galena, Illinois

Galena Cellars and Vineyards

"Partnership will create a wonderful weekend for everyone!"

Celebrating the fall harvest and the fruits of a summer’s labor, Galena Cellars and Winery has partnered up with the Galena Cultural Arts Alliance in planning the first annual Fall Harvest and Art Festival. The festival will take place on Saturday September 25 and Sunday September 26 at Galena Cellars Vineyard, 4746 N. Ford Road, Galena, Illinois. It’s going to be a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the numerous varieties of Galena wine and peruse the Fall Harvest and Art Festival, which will have ongoing activities from noon until 6p.m. both days.

The Fall Harvest and Art Festival is going to be a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience the enchanting sights, sounds and tastes of Galena, located in rustic Jo Daviess County. Jo Daviess County is renowned for the picturesque beauty of its rural landscape, and Galena in particular is a town with a rich history and a pastoral charm. Galena Cellars Vineyard is situated on a lush landscape of rolling Galena hills, and during the Fall Harvest and Art Festival local artists are going to be nestled in tents throughout the vineyard clearing, displaying their talents.

Artists of all shapes and sizes will be available to showcase and discuss their work. You can expect it to range from watercolors to pottery, from textile arts to exotic wooden pens. An art auction will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, with proceeds benefiting the Galena Cultural Arts Alliance, a 501C(3) not-for-profit organization

“We think this partnership will create a great weekend for everyone. Our artists participate in our shop ‘Hello Galena!, as well as in galleries, museums and art fairs throughout the year, but to be able to exhibit and sell in such a beautiful setting is a real treat,” said Toni Klingler, Galena Cultural Arts Alliance president. “In addition to showcasing the amazing work of our local artists, we have a full weekend of fun for the entire family: food booths, hayrides, pumpkin painting and grape stomping,” said Rob Steger, events and tours coordinator for Galena Cellars.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a festival without giving visitors a taste of Galena. To that effect, the Fall Harvest and Art Festival is going to be a fantastic opportunity to sample bountiful locally-produced wines and local meats. The Jo Daviess County Beef Association will be grilling up delectable steak and chicken sandwiches, hot dogs and succulent beef bratwurst.

Furthermore, the Galena Cellars Vineyard will be providing wine to make sure visitors don’t leave the festival without getting a taste of some of the best Galena has to offer. Galena Cellars are offering tours of the vineyard for $5 each. Tours include a sensory tour of the premises and the wine, plus a wine tasting Galena Cellars Winery, owned by the Lawlor family, offers more than forty varietals of wine produced in Galena, Illinois. Many of the wines, all of them produced and bottled in the winery, are made with Illinois-grown grapes from the recently appointed Upper Mississippi River Valley Are Viticulture Area, which is the largest designated AVA in the world.

There is still more to this event than art, food and wine in Galena. Visitors are encouraged to kick back and have some fun as the vineyard barrel room comes alive with music—ragtime, waltz and hoe down—and features even more local talent, this time in the musical form of the Fever River String Band. Admission to the event is free.

Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery is proud to offer the following tasting room locations: 515 S. Main and at the Vineyard at 4746 N. Ford Road in Galena.

For more information, visit http://www.galenacellars.com/harvest.htm. Additional area offerings and visitor information may be found at the Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureau by calling 877-Go Galena or at
http://www.galena.org.

Also visit Galena, Illinois Blog @ http://visitgalenanow.com

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