7/18/2014 9:23:00 AM Fifth annual Wine and Art Festival is this weekend
The fifth annual Cannon Falls Wine and Art Festival is a free, two-day festival that will take place from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. this weekend on Saturday and Sunday, July 19-20, in Hannah's Bend Park along the Cannon River.
Cannon Falls has frequently been referred to as the Napa Valley of Minnesota; grape growers and wine makers benefit from the unique soils and climate of the region and visitors enjoy the beautiful landscapes.
In 2011, legislative changes allowed those attending the Cannon Falls Wine and Art Festival to try locally grown and produced wines and purchase up to six bottles to take home. Wine tasting is $20 and allows patrons to taste wines from many of Minnesota's best wineries.
Again this year 15 wineries from around the region will be participating in the wine tasting. The festival will also be featuring art, food trucks and musical entertainment.
The Cannon Falls Lions Club will again have the beer concession.
The festival attracts more than 60 talented artists who showcase a variety of mediums from pottery to lawn art throughout the weekend.
Local artisans include Ingvild Herfindahl, glass mosaic art; Lawrenz Jewelry; Leigh Hartert, granite cheese boards; Carrie Kuoba, recycled glass wind chimes; Ruth Edstrom, Ruthie's Kitchen; Kevin Paulson, K-9 Kookies; Byrl Johnson, bird feeders and houses; Luvy Rapp, decorative bird houses; Kim Reinardy, metal garden sculpture; Harvey Schmidt, wooden toys and The Bee Shed, honey and other products of the hive.
Local food will be available for purchase from wood fired pizza to delicious dessert strudels from nine food crafters. Returning is the always popular K&D Kettle Korn.
Music throughout the weekend includes the Cannon Falls Community Band and perhaps a surprise or two, to delight attendees while they shop, sip and eat.
Free parking will be available at the adjacent Cannon Valley Fairgrounds.