Great Lakes Wine Fest set for May 21 at MIS

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Its official! Michigan International Speedway and the Jackson County Convention and Visitors Bureau (JCCVB) are proud to announce that the Jackson County CVB will serve as the presenting sponsor for the Great Lakes Wine Fest.

The Great Lakes Wine Fest presented by the Jackson County CVB will take place on Saturday, May 21 from Noon – 9 p.m. in the MIS infield.

A mission of the Jackson County CVB is to promote the wonderful community and surrounding areas, offering a calendar full of family-friendly festivals and events in Jackson County. Sponsoring the Great Lakes Wine Fest is just another step in accomplishing that mission.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our group and for our community,” Jackson County CVB Executive Director Mindy Bradish-Orta said. “This is a great event that does a lot to highlight the unique tastes that Michigan wines have to offer on both a local and state level. Like many other Jackson events, our organization wants to put its resources behind these local festivals to promote tourism in Jackson County and make the Great Lakes Wine Festival an annual stop for tourists every year.”

The Great Lakes Wine Fest is a celebration of Michigan wine, beer and food all at Michigan International Speedway. So far 25 of the state’s finest wineries have signed on to showcase and sell more than 100 varieties of wine including, Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet and others. Michigan breweries and food vendors will also be featured, making the Great Lakes Wine Festival a purely Michigan event.

“We encourage local involvement with our Great Lakes Wine Fest. This presenting sponsorship with the Jackson County CVB is important because it continues to strengthen our relationship with local communities like Jackson. We both want this wine festival to be a successful annual event in the local community and having their presenting sponsorship and local promotion will help with that goal,” MIS President Roger Curtis said.

Curtis notes the Great Lakes Wine Fest presented by the Jackson County CVB, with a unique focus on Michigan-based wineries and breweries, is a natural fit for the state. With 14,000 acres of vineyards and about 70 active wineries across the state of Michigan, the Great Lakes Wine Fest presented by the Jackson County CVB is perfectly and conveniently situated at MIS in the southeast corner of the state.

Guests may sample wines, beer and food from Michigan vendors, and buy favorite wines by the bottle or case. The festival’s on-site retail store will have select wines and beer available for purchase at the event.

In addition to wine and beer sampling, seminars covering wine, food and other topics of interest will be held throughout the venue. Live entertainment throughout the weekend will also be featured.

Advance tickets for the Great Lakes Wine Fest presented by the Jackson County CVB are $25. Each ticket includes $10 worth of tasting tokens per day. Guests save $10 on advance tickets through May 20.

This event is for guests 21 and older.

Weekend camping is also available for $25 in the track’s MISCamping.com Graves Farm Campground.

Tickets and details are available at www.GreatLakesWineFest.com or by calling 800-354-1010. Also, please visit our Twitter feed @GLWineFest for information about the wine festival.

Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is a Great Escape, a venerable NASCAR national park where race fans and sports fans can get away and enjoy the very best in racing and camaraderie. It’s the fun of NASCAR and the thrill of a great time for guests and drivers alike.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 on June 19 and NSCS 400 on August 21 are now on sale and as low as $30. Visit MISpeedway.com or call the MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 today to take advantage of great pricing for 2011 events at MIS.

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