If locally produced wine is your thing, or you don't know a lot about it and want to, then mark you calendars for April 26 when Savor Minnesota takes over Shakopee's Canterbury Park, turning it into a celebration of locally grown grapes and locally produced food. This will be the event's fifth year and will feature over 40 Minnesota wineries, breweries, and various other food producers.
Thirsty event goers will receive a wine glass they can use to sample an array of local wines and beers while munching on treats from local producers like Caves of Faribault, the New French Bakery, and Olive on Tap. The event runs from 1 to 5 p.m. and tickets are $40 if purchased in advance and $45 at the door.
Though flyover country isn't typically thought of as wine country, the wine industry is definitely growing here. Minnesota is currently host to over 30 wineries and 600 vineyards dedicated to growing a diverse array of grapes including Frontenac, Marquette, and St. Croix varietals.
"As one of the first winemakers in the state, I'm proud that Minnesota is becoming an established wine-growing area, with more wineries than ever producing internationally award-winning wines," says Robin Partch of Northern Vineyards Winery. "The Savor Minnesota event brings them all together for a rare chance to try exceptional wines that are produced right here, in our own backyard."
Proceeds from the event will go to fund scholarships to the University of Minnesota, which played a large hand in the development of grapes that could grow in our colder, less hospitable climate.
The event is 21 and up and is limited to the first 1,200 people. For more information or to purchase advance tickets, visit SavorMN.com.