food trucks rollin’ back to vintage ohio

Vintage Ohio, the most acclaimed summer wine and food festival between the Appalachians and Rockies, is celebrating its 18th anniversary this year.  Annually, over 30,000 wine and food lovers travel to the beautiful grounds of the Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland to taste exceptional regional wines, sample great food and enjoy local music.

This year, over twenty wineries will be on hand to ‘take the mystery out of wine appreciation.’  Over 150 regional vintages will be offered for sampling.  Sophisticated, world-class wines like Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc or Riesling will interest connoisseurs.  Fun-to-drink fruit wines made from fresh strawberries, blackberries, peaches and raspberries will appeal to those new to the wine experience.  Whether one enjoys red, white, blush, dry, sweet or something in-between, there will be an opportunity to find a favorite ‘Vintage Experience.’  Attendees may also learn more about wine at the wine education demonstrations presented by the American Wine Society.

Vintage Ohio will once again have the hottest trend on four wheels:  Gourmet Food Trucks!  The festival will feature three popular local gourmet food trucks including:

  • JiBARO delivers high quality with a uniquely designed menu at an affordable price and a gourmet taste.  JiBARO features a Caribbean menu with a touch of world eats.  Owner, Elvis O. Serrano has had over 15 years in fine dining and as a fine wine consultant.  Menu:  Oysters, Shrimp Cevicne, Caribbean Brusketta, Pulled Pork Burrito, Veggie-Gluten Free Burrito, Jamaican Jerk Chicken Burrito
  • Umami Moto prowls the Curbs of Greater Cleveland Serving Asian Inspired and Ethnic Eats.  Self-trained chef Jae Stulock finds inspiration from the Thai street food culture, where some of the finest food can be obtained from unassuming street vendors.  Menu: Fish Tacos, Umami Burger, Vietnamese Grilled Pork over Rice, Asian Slaw, Fresh Fruit Cups
  • Zydeco Bistro is a mobile restaurant specializing in Cajun and Creole Cuisine unique to Northeast Ohio. The food is fresh, original, high quality, and uses local products.  Chef Johnny Schulze is an award winning, New Orleans trained chef with 20 years of professional experience in Atlanta, Connecticut, Nantucket and now Ohio. He brings the cuisines of Louisiana to Ohio–a match that couldn’t be more perfect.  Menu: Poulet and Andouille Jambalaya; Blue Crab Hierloom Tomato & Ohio Corn Salad; Crispy Rock Shrimp Salad, Summer Vegetable Rutatouile & Cheesy Polenta

Vintage Ohio is held August 3-4 from 1 p.m. – 10 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the gate.  Ticket includes entry to the festival, a souvenir wine glass and wine samples. Advance tickets are available here or by calling 800-227-6972.  Two-day taster tickets are available for $45.  Groups of 10 or more, purchased in advance with one method of payment, are $19 each. Meet the Wine Maker VIP tickets are an additional $15.  Foodie tickets are $12 and include admission to the festival and up to 5 non-alcoholic beverages.  Children age 3-17 are $3.  Children two and under are free.  Vintage Ohio is held in conjunction with Lake Metroparks.

DISCOUNT: Cleveland Foodie readers receive a special discount! Get $20 tickets by using code CLEVEFOOD2012 (that’s $10 off gate price).

This post was sponsored by Vintage Ohio.