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Popular Wine Festival Returning This Weekend!

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Greyson F
Greyson F
 29 days ago
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Sometimes there’s nothing better than a glass of wine after a long day of work. Even doctors agree a glass of wine a day is good for the body. So, with that in mind, why not listen to the medical field and check out the upcoming wine festival this weekend?

The Wilcox Wine Country Festival is one of the first wine festivals to take place in southern Arizona since the beginning of the pandemic. Bigger festivals are sure to come, but if you’ve been looking for a reason to get out of the house, have a glass of wine with friends, and just enjoy life, this is an opportunity for you to do just that. 

Currently, there are over 10 wineries, all from the state of Arizona, scheduled to take part in the festival. On top of that, you will find several food trucks, plus around two dozen art and craft vendors. Because what would a glass of wine be without a bit of art and fun in the sun?

While there are larger festivals offering up wine, this is a fan-favorite event. It has received a number of awards and recognition over the years. Back in 2013, the travel publication Fodor’s listed the Wilcox County Festival as one of the 10 best fall wine festivals. Of course, because there was no fall festival last year, the event was rescheduled for this spring. And, after the year most everyone here in Tucson had, a glass of wine (or two) might not be the worst thing in the world. 

The festival is a two-day event, kicking off on Saturday, May 15, and running through Sunday. You will need to purchase tickets for each day. Saturday tickets are currently running at $35 while Sunday tickets are $30.

Each ticket comes with a tasting glass, although if you’d like to attend and not drink any of the wine you can buy a general admission ticket for $5. The full wine tasting ticket will also come with 10 tasting tickets. You can purchase additional tickets if you would like to sample more wine at the event. The cost for five additional tickets is $10. 

If you have been to the wine festival in the past you will notice a handful of differences between this event over those previously. It will be a smaller festival than usual, which is why the Wilcox Wine County Festival is focusing on wineries only from the state of Arizona. The booths will be more spaced out to prevent large groups from forming and there will be no chairs within the park. If you would like to make sure you have your own seat you are welcome to bring a folding chair or blanket (although there will be a small number of tables and chairs near the food trucks). 

All vendors and food servers will wear masks, although masks for guests will be optional. 

If you have a friend who isn’t much of a wine fan but still wants to enjoy the festival they will find beer sold on-site. Plus, all beer revenue made during the event will be donated to the Sulfur Springs Historical Society. 

While the wine vendors currently partaking in the event may change, those currently listed as having wine available at the festival include Birds & Barrels Vineyards, Bodega Pierce, Carlson Creek Vineyards, Coronado Vineyards, Golden Rule Vineyards, Keeling Schaefer Vineyards, Pillsbury Wine Company, 1764 Vineyards, Barrelhead Farms Winery, Copper Horse Vineyard, Deep Sky Vineyard, Page Springs Cellars, and Strive Vineyards. 

You can purchase tickets for the wine festival directly through the website. There are additional answers to frequently asked questions on the website as well. 

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