Sample mid-Atlantic wine, beer at the Chesapeake Bay Wine Festival

Chesapeake Bay Wine Festival GroupUpdated Sept. 30

The Chesapeake Bay Wine Festival returns to Kent Island, Md.,with a rescheduled date of Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, noon to 6 p.m. at the Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center. The festival has been rescheduled due to the chance of severe weather on the original date of Oct. 3.

This year, craft beer will also be available to sample and purchase.

Spend a fall day along the water tasting local and regional wine and craft beer while enjoying artisans, Eastern Shore cuisine and live entertainment. Beer and wine will be served until 5 p.m. with entertainment until 6 p.m.

"With five successful years and countless requests for its return, we are excited to bring the Chesapeake Bay Wine Festival back to Kent Island where we welcome the local community and travelers alike to enjoy a day here on the Chesapeake Bay," says Becky Groff of Inspired Events, the festival's planner and promoter. "We are also excited to add craft beer tasting appealing to wine and beer lovers alike."

Advance tickets are $30 each and are available online through 11:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at www.chesapeakebaywinefest.com. Tickets purchased at the gate are $35 each.

Start sampling wine and beer a half hour early with the Early Access Pass for $45 (advance only). Tickets for designated drivers and ages 13-21 are $10.

Wine & Craft Beer Taster tickets include a keepsake tasting glass, wine samples, craft beer samples and live entertainment. Must be age 21 or over to drink alcohol and must present proper ID at admissions.

Early Access Pass holders can start sampling beer and wine at 11:30 a.m. (a half hour earlier than the crowd) and receive a tasting glass and complimentary 6-ounce bottle of Copa Di Vino, a custom made wine charm and special offers from the Jetty Restaurant and Bridge.

Glasses and bottles of wine will be available to purchase as well as beer. Food vendors include It's the Pits, Capriottis and Kent Island Crab Cakes (which will have 10-layer Smith Island Cake to try!)

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Entertainment includes Jonathon Viers, solo guitarist; Orlando Phillips with Caribbean music; and The Uncle Jack Band playing soulful uptown funk. Chairs and blankets are allowed, but no coolers.

Glass with boats webMore than 10 wineries will be pouring samples, including: Cassinelli Winery & Vineyards, The Winery at Olney, Mark Cascia Vineyards, Queen Anne's County; St. Michaels Winery, Great Shoals Sparkling Wines, Triple Creek, Salisa, Legends Vineyard, Menage a Trois and Guenoc.

Craft breweries include Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Eastern Shore Brewing, Doghead and Calvert Brewing Co. Beer on tap to purchase includes Bud Light, Devils Backbone, Goose Island and Shock Top. Check website for latest updates as wineries and breweries subject to change.

A portion of the 2015 Chesapeake Bay Wine Festival's proceeds will go to the Kent Narrows Development Foundation. A non-profit foundation created to preserve and maintain the Kent Narrows' cherished environment.

The Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center is at 425 Piney Narrows Rd., Chester. Free parking is available under the Kent Narrows Bridge with shuttles to event grounds.

If arriving by boat, call the Piney Narrows Yacht Haven at 410-643-6600 for transient slip information.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Chesapeake Bay Wine Festival website.

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