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A festival for every 'Taste Bud' this weekend

Posted: 12:23 PM, Sep 17, 2015
Updated: 2019-01-04 14:57:04-05

The weather is shaping up to be gorgeous this weekend and there are a couple of really big festivals happening to give you an excuse to go out and enjoy it!

Maryland Wine Festival

Billed as the largest wine event in the state, the Maryland Wine Festival is in its 31st year. According to the website, it was first held at the Shriver Homestead in Union Mills with just eight wineries. It slowly outgrew the space, and now it's held at the Carroll County Farm Museum. Sample wines from several local wineries including Basignani, Linganore, Boordy, Elk Run and Penn Oaks.  

There are also a ton of food vendors at the festival! Big Mama's (cajun catfish, sausage, kabobs), Grilled Cheese & Co., Myra's New Orleans Food (Po boys!) and Salerno's (crab dip, soft shell crab sandwiches). That's just to name a few. Click here to see the whole list.

General admission is $27 in advance, $30 at the door. New this year is the Explorer Pass for $50 which gets you into three exclusive wine tents.  This event runs both Saturday and Sunday.

Baltimore Seafood Festival

Every restaurant has its own version of the crab cake, crab dip, fried shrimp, etc. and this weekend you can taste test them all! The Baltimore Seafood Festival is being held at the Canton Waterfront on Saturday from 12-7 p.m.  It's featuring some of the heavy hitters of Baltimore seafood, including Jimmy's Famous Seafood, Nick's Fish House (home of The Nest !), Thames Street Oyster House, and Ryleigh's Oyster.  

There are two musical performances scheduled. 8 Ohms Band plays from 12-3 p.m. and Unity Reggae Band takes the stage from 3:30-6:30 p.m. And if you want to learn how to make some of these awesome seafood dishes, there are also several cooking demos happening throughout the day.  

Caribbean Food and Wine Festival

Get your feet dancing to the beat at the Caribbean Festival at the Howard County fairgrounds on Saturday. Never had Caribbean food? Get your fill of some of the classic dishes like curry goat, oxtail, jerk pork and steam fish.  

The musical selection is going to be wide, with jazz, reggae, R&B and steel pan music.  Click here to purchase your ticket. Part of the proceeds are going toward building a leadership training center in Jamaica for at-risk youth.

Know of a foodie event coming up that we should share with the world? Email me at megan.knight@wmar.com or Siobhan at garrett@wmar.com.