Wheeling Wine Festival Returns To Heritage Port On Saturday
WHEELING — Wineries and beer vendors throughout the Tri-State area will be returning to Heritage Port this Saturday as part of Wheeling Wine Festival 2021 after being canceled last summer due to the pandemic.
With the general event planned for 5-11 p.m Saturday at Wheeling’s waterfront, festival chairperson Dalton Haas said he expects this year’s festival will be much bigger and better than the 2019 festival, as he is expecting nearly three times the vendors.
Haas said festival patrons can expect to see wineries and beer vendors represented from West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania at this year’s event, which has a general admission charge.
In addition to live entertainment, the festival will also offer various food, craft and clothing vendors.
Haas expects 12 wineries at Saturday’s festival, along with beer vendors selling domestic and imported selections. Haas said they have added a free -admission Saturday morning event from 8 a.m. to noon during which visitors can purchase breakfast and mimosas.
Tickets for the VIP event are already sold out for Saturday, and Haas recommends purchasing general admission tickets in advance, as they also may sell out. The VIP event is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m, with general admission starting at 5 p.m.
“We actually added ‘Friday night on the Waterfront’ this year — like they do First Fridays — where they have live entertainment and food and alcohol for purchase,” Haas commented. “So Heritage Port will be open to the public for free admission for entertainment on the waterfront on Friday night.”
Haas said the City of Wheeling held an annual Wine & Jazz festival at the waterfront for a few years before it ceased several years ago. He said he decided to form a new Wheeling Wine Festival at the waterfront with the help of other committee members prior to the 2019 edition.
“The first time we had it, was the last time we had it in 2019,” said Haas, while explaining how the pandemic cancelled last year’s event. Haas said 1,800 people attended the 2019 festival and he expects about the same number in attendance at this year’s event.
“Ticket sales have been crazy. … I think people are just ready to get out,” Haas explained. “We had a few hiccups the first year, but we fixed a lot of the problems. … We’re really prepared for the influx I think we’re going to have this year.”
This year’s entertainment lineup includes The Joseph Sisters and The Muddle on Friday, Matt Hill and Friends during Saturday’s VIP hours, Eli Lambie at the Mojo Kings at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Pittsburgh band Jukebox at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Haas said a portion of the proceeds from this year’s festival will benefit the American Cancer Society. For more information or to purchase tickets visit their website at wheelingwinefestival.com.