CENTREVILLE — Back for the third year, Centreville will host more than 40 Maryland makers at DrinkMaryland on Saturday.
In 2016, more than 20 Centreville Main Street volunteers developed an idea for a signature event with a working title of Maryland-Made. The intent of the event was to shine a light on Maryland’s makers such as artisans, authors and musicians as well as well as wineries, breweries and distillers. Three years ago that vision became a reality when the Town of Centreville joined forces with the Maryland Wineries Association to present the first DrinkMaryland: Centreville signature event.
This year’s event will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 15, in historic downtown Centreville on Lawyers Row and Broadway, in the shadows of the oldest courthouse in continuous use in the state of Maryland.
The event is free and open to the public. Guests 21+ with a valid ID can also purchase a sampling pass to taste or purchase wine, beer and spirits from various craft beverage makers from all across the state. Tasting passes are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
DrinkMaryland: Centreville will feature more than 40 Maryland makers, including 29 wineries, breweries and distillers, in addition to artisans, food vendors and three live bands. The event will also feature America’s leading wine educator Laurie Forster, “The Wine Coach,” who will serve as stage emcee and will also deliver an interactive tasting presentation at 2 p.m.
Guests will be treated to an edgy, off-beat, hilarious tasting where wine meets punchline. Using her down to earth approach to “wine education,” Forster peels back the labels of a few of her favorite Maryland craft beverages while she exposes some the deep secrets of the wine industry and why she thinks it’s so darn funny.
Stage performances will include, from noon to 12:45 p.m., Heavy Fred Lite — an acoustic variation of this popular Kent Island band will play both covers and original material spanning rock, funk, jam and alternative country genres or what they describe as “feel good music.”
On stage at 1:15 p.m., The Guthrie Matthews Method – these Maryland musicians perform originals and covers in styles ranging from soul to metal, filled with funky grooves, powerful vocals, and dynamic melodies.
And from 3 to 4 p.m., Dell Fox Company — a popular high energy Eastern Shore band which performs a wide range of music from Alabama Shakes, Taylor Swift, John Mayer, Grand Funk Railroad, Florence and the Machine, and more.
Festival-goers can park at Queen Anne’s County High School, 125 Ruthsburg Road, and use the free shuttle to the event or park at event parking lots throughout town. For more information, visit DrinkMaryland.org or contact Carol D’Agostino at 410-758-1180, ext. 17, or email mainstreet@townof centreville.org.