A little red wine may be good for your health, especially if you raise a glass at the Crocker Park Wine Festival Sept. 13-14.
This year’s festival is raising funds for health-related causes such as heart disease, cancer and general wellness awareness. “There are many life-threatening medical conditions affecting children and adults daily, and together we can support research and prevention on a local level,” Debra Sherman, president of Connecting for a Cause, said. Festival producer Connecting for a Cause is a nonprofit group that develops community events to benefit charitable organizations in Ohio.
The third annual festival will showcase more than 150 wines from local, national and international producers, as well as select craft beers and spirits. Bistro 83 and Manny’s Mac & ’Cue will be serving delicious food throughout the weekend. Live music will be provided by Road Home, Brooklyn 232, The Graphics, Funkology and Monica Robins and the Whiskey Kings. Guests can unleash their inner Picasso as they sample wines and create a masterpiece with instructions from the team at Wine and Canvas. New art classes will be held every 40 minutes, and participants can take their artwork home with them.
More than 3,500 people are expected to attend the 2013 Crocker Park Wine Festival. Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 10 p.m. Sunday. Single-day tickets are $27 at the door, or $37 for a weekend pass. Save $5 per day by registering in advance online. Tickets include a glass and 10 tastings. Additional taste tickets will be sold on-site for $1, and full pours will be available for purchase. Designated driver admission is $10 and includes two soft drinks. Phone 330-256-8704 or visit www.crockerparkwinefestival.com for more details.
Visit any Crocker Park dining establishment during Crocker Cooks Restaurant Week Sept. 9-12 and sign up to win the grand prize, a $300 Crocker Park gift card. Eight additional winners will be chosen at random to receive a $25 gift card.
Orin Swift wines will be featured at a wine dinner at 87 West at Crocker Park at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 10. Orin Swift wines will be paired with each course for a meal that begins with an amuse bouche of a dish the restaurant calls Hanky Panky, followed by Nicoise salad, porcini risotto, sliced beef tenderloin and deconstructed s’mores for dessert. The cost is $50 per person. Phone 440-250-2334 for required reservations. 87 West is at 287 Crocker Park Blvd.
Nathan’s Famous is a new addition to Crocker Park. Nathan’s started with one location at Coney Island in 1916 and now has locations in 50 states. The Crocker Park restaurant is owned and operated by the Abounader family of Bay Village. The pavilion store offers Nathan’s quality beef hot dogs, crinkle-cut fries, hamburgers, cheesesteaks, Nathan’s chicken classics and Arthur Treacher’s fish and chips. Dad Karl Abounader is well-known for the great corned beef served at his downtown restaurant, Karl’s Inn of the Barristers. Wife Marcelle and sons Mike, Matt, Andrew and Anthony help him run the family restaurants. Nathan’s is at 184 Crocker Park Blvd.