If you find yourself craving a quick daytrip this summer, where you can feel like you’re getting away, without actually having to travel too far ‘away’ – I think you might want to clear your calendar for June 2nd – it’s the date of this years Oxford Wine and Craft Beer festival, and when you really start digging into the event, you see that there are lots of reasons that it just might be the place you will want to be – even if you don’t like wine, or beer.
About The Festival
The festival, which is presented by Oxford’s Chamber of Commerce is a fantastic collision of the worlds of craft beer, wine, live music, art, local merchants and food. It’s all set up in the brilliantly vibrant, and small town feeling historic business district of Oxford, Ohio.
The festival covers the downtown area with wine booths, beer booths, art vendors and a mix of different people that makes for sitting with a cold drink to people watch an absolute pleasure. The festival itself expresses the festival this way:
Area artists will enhance the cultural experience by welcoming you into their individual realms of creativity. As the aroma from cooking demonstrations, food vendors, and nearby restaurants fills the air, your senses will also be greeted by live music on the stage. In the evening hours, a leisurely stroll through the lamp lit park will give you an opportunity to sample more of Oxford as well as enjoy the musical entertainment – and don’t miss the “Toast the Town” celebration. This destination event that will relax and renew your spirit while showcasing the unique and inviting nature of Oxford – a town where you will want to live, work and play.
If you’re looking for more reasons to make your way North, just remember that Oxford is also home to the original location of Quarter Barrel Brewpub, one of the area’s OG Brewpubs – as well as Steinkeller, which is still to this day easily in my top five list of best bars to have a beer in Cincinnati.
This year’s beer garden is being sponsored by Grainworks, Cincy Brew Bus and Northern Row – while the full list is still coming soon we know that we’ll have beers available from these folks:
- Northern Row
- Christian Moerlein
- Lock 27
- Municipal Brew Works
- Quarter Barrel
Also, because Cincy Brew Bus is a sponsor of this years beer garden, you’ll want to make sure that you swing by their booth early in the day. They are going to have a limited edition festival beer mug (while supplies last)
I think I’ve said it before, but you can’t have a good outdoor beer festival without live music to go along with the festivities! Have no fear, The Oxford Wine and Craft Beer Festival has it covered!
- 2pm-3:30pm – Sirenz Sirenz with Daniel and Kristin Agee (Folk)
- 3:45-5pm – Swingfoot featuring David Burk on harmonica (Blues)
- 5:15-6:30pm – Jimmy Rogers & Perfect Storm (Soul, Pop, R&B)
- 6:45-8:15pm – WingWalkers featuring Doug Hamilton, Noah Cope, Michael Kalter (Hot Town Swing)
- 8:30-10pm – Lisa Biales Band featuring Bill Littleford, Dave Mackey, Noah Cope (Jazz/Blues)
Tickets are available for presale via the Chamber of Commerce website here. They’re $20 if you get them ahead of time, and they include a glass and 5 tastings (if you get them online you get an extra tasting too!). The presale tickets are going to be cut off on June 1st at 2pm, so don’t slack on getting yours!
The day of the event if you need more tastings (who doesn’t need more tastings?) you’ll be able to purchase extra tasting tickets for 5 for $10
If… IF you aren’t able to make it to the event that day, stay tuned – I just might be throwing together a live stream or two from the event so you can see what you’re missing out on!