LISBON - The wine flowed, the sun shone and the crowds gathered at the first Columbiana Wine Festival on Saturday.
Even a last-minute change of location from Whispering Pine Golf Course to the grounds of the Columbiana American Legion Post 290 did not prevent people from finding the event. There were several signs, and large white tents marked the spot.
Columbiana resident and former state senator Jason Wilson noted he saw a lot of people in attendance who were from the area, but also many not even from Columbiana County.
Columbiana Wine Festival Chairman Rob Schwartz (right) raises a glass with local friends, Jason and Leah Wilson (center) and Susan and Nick DeCesare (left). (Salem News photos by Deanne Johnson)
"It's another in the list of wonderful events hosted here in Columbiana," he said.
For those wanting to try some of the local wines, four wineries attended - Mastropietro, Old Firehouse, Myrddin and L'uva Bella. Other vendors brought wine and wine-related items for visitors to sample. Additionally, there was some local cuisine, wine-infused jellies, baked goods like whiskey sticks and biscotti, and organic vegetables.
For those not interested in wine, BirdFish Brewing was showing off its home-brewing equipment with the odor of wheat-based beer drifting on the breeze. Another company, Generations Coffee, was offering fresh-brewed coffee. A local beekeeper spoke about his hives.
Other vendors brought antiques; wine-related crafts and gifts and jewelry items. There were items made of beach glass, homemade beads, candles and wine corks.
Organizers seemed pleased with the weather and the turn out for the first time the event was offered. The day offered a new alternative for those looking for summer fun events in the area, a place to go with family and friends.
There was something a little different about it for a local festival. There were no rides and children. Couples and friends sat at tables catching up over glasses of wine and a sandwich. Where else could someone get a chair back massage by Amy Groner, while sitting in the fresh air and listening to a jazz band play nearby?