Westminster, MD, Tuesday, June 18, 2024 – Carroll County Government is pleased to announce that the 40th Anniversary of the Maryland Wine Festival®, will return to the Carroll County Farm Museum on Saturday, September 14, 2024 from 11 am – 5 pm.  The event will feature wonderful local wines from Maryland wineries, great food from a variety of food trucks, fantastic vendors for shopping and a day of unforgettable entertainment. New this year, the event will also offer beer vendors including a specialty brew named “Farmhouse Ruhls“ in honor of the 40th anniversary of the festival.  Tickets are on sale now through the Maryland Wineries Association! Mark your calendars today!  

The event is a partnership between Carroll County Government Department of Economic Development and the Maryland Wineries Association. Each year thousands of wine enthusiasts and festivalgoers are invited to indulge in a delightful experience where Maryland’s finest wines take center stage. Nestled amidst the charming backdrop of the Farm Museum’s 143-acre historic farm, attendees will have the opportunity to savor an array of locally crafted wines from over 20 Maryland wineries. Seasoned wine lovers enjoy discovering new local wines and people just beginning to experience wines will also enjoy the festival.

The Maryland Wine Festival that was established in 1984 in Union Mills, Maryland and has been held at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster, Maryland since 1985. It is one of the oldest and largest wine festivals on the East Coast.

“We are so excited to celebrate this milestone of years with this festival and look forward to celebrating the occasion with the thousands of people who make the event a yearly ritual as well as those who want to experience this wonderful event for the first time,” said Director of Economic Development Director Denise Beaver.  “Along with an amazing exhibit of Maryland wines, the festival features two excellent bands, an author signing, great food, and a retail market for shopping…it has something for everyone.”

"As Maryland's wine industry matures, we are proud to showcase the evolution of our local wine producers who are crafting world-class wines," said Janna Howley, Executive Director of the Maryland Wineries Association. "The Maryland Wine Festival is a celebration of this growth, bringing together wine enthusiasts to experience the exceptional quality and diversity of our wines in the beautiful setting of the Carroll County Farm Museum."

The festival features an impressive lineup of Maryland wineries showcased in the main field, along with the exclusive Explorer Village, which highlights a curated selection of Maryland-grown wines. Festival attendees enjoy a variety of juried artisans, delicious food vendors, and live music, making it a perfect day for wine lovers and families alike. Live music includes The Real Geniuses and Yacht Rock Gold Experience. 

Tickets to the 40th Maryland Wine Festival are available at various pass levels, each including admission to the Farm Museum’s scenic festival grounds. Designated driver passes are also available at a reduced cost.

Don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate Maryland’s rich winemaking tradition and create lasting memories at the 40th Maryland Wine Festival. Secure your tickets today and prepare for a full day of wine, culture, and community.

Event Details

What: 40th Maryland Wine Festival Where: Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center Street, Westminster, MD
When: Saturday, September 14, 2024, 11 am to 5 pm
Tickets: Available now for purchase.