Crocker Park Wine Festival

By Brittany Thompson, West Campus Staff Writer

Crocker Park, which labels itself as the ultimate destination for style, held its seventh annual Crocker Park Wine Festival on September 15 and 16. The cost of the festival was $25 for advance tickets or $30 at the door and included 10 tickets to sample wines from all over the world. Local wineries featured there included Deer’s Leap Winery, CLE Urban Winery, Gervasi Vineyards, and many others.

A majority of the wines, spirits, and beer featured can be purchased at event sponsor Giant Eagle. Overall, the Crocker Park Wine Festival featured over 30 wineries highlighting their best red and white blends, as well as spirits and beer. In addition to the featured wines, patrons could sample specialities from local restaurants such as Burntwood Tavern, Rosewood Grill, Texas de Brazil, and many more. The offerings included lobster mac-and-cheese, filet wrapped in bacon, and taters tots, to name a few. Food offerings ranged from $3 to $5.

This event has raised over $80,000 in seven years. The event partners with charities including the Northeast Ohio Foundation for Patriotism, the American Heart Association, American Diabetes, and People Care Pet Pantry.

“These are organizations we’ve worked with for years,” said Lindsay Busch, the assistant event coordinator of Classic Event Services. “The military is a cause that is very near and dear to our heart.”

The next event at Crocker Park was the third annual Crocker Park Food Truck Challenge on October 7. This event features over 25 food trucks that create a sample for guest judges to try. The winner has the distinction of being recognized as “Crocker’s Coolest Food Truck.” And check out their Tricks & Treats event on October 28, presented by St. Edward High School.

Starting at noon, this event will include food trucks, live music and entertainment, a pet costume contest, and trick-or-treating. Proceeds will go to the Cleveland Animal ProtectiveLeague.