Wally Wine Fest on Lake Wallenpaupack is a three-day celebration of all things wine. The premiere wine festival in the Pocono Mountains blends tastings, seminars, food, shopping and entertainment into one unforgettable event. There’s more to do than ever before at Wally Wine Fest. Check out our guide to a weekend chock full of activities and plan on joining us, April 5-7.
Water & Wine…The Perfect Pairing
Does travelling the globe to taste wines from some of the best grape growing regions in the world sound like a bucket list dream? Here’s your chance to check it off your list without logging thousands of miles! The 3rd Annual Wally Wine Fest brings over 100 domestic and international vintages lakeside to the Waterfront at Silver Birches on Saturday and Sunday from noon-5 p.m. This is the only wine festival of its kind in the Pocono Mountains that showcases pours from wineries across the nation and throughout the world.
Uncork the Possibilities
Claude Briere, sommelier for Settlers Hospitality, personally selects each wine for the festival. Briere is a renowned wine expert who journeys abroad as a consultant and lecturer advising on wine selections, pairings and service. The event draws wineries from as far away as New Zealand, Italy, France, Napa Valley and the Pacific Northwest as well as varietals grown and produced in the Pocono Mountains region. Wally Wine Fest appeals to novice wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike. Newbies have the chance to sample over 100 diverse pours in one place and really discover which wine suits their palate. Savvy wine lovers relish the opportunity to interact one-on-one with wine makers, restauranteurs and sommeliers who are knowledgeable in flavor profiles, can discuss the differences among wine, grapes and varietals, plus point out the notes to be enjoyed for each. Bottles of every wine featured are available for sale. With prices ranging from $10-$100, there’s something to match every taste and budget. A Bourbon and Beer tasting lets you expand your horizons even more.
Soak up the knowledge offered during select wine seminars led by guest sommeliers. Sample a variety of cheeses and get tips on the best wine pairings for each from Alexandra Swigon of Skytop Lodge. Jeff Abela, a local craft chocolate maker from Moka Origins joins forces with Canadian Sommelier Sue Currier for a seminar that sheds light on the best wine and chocolate pairings. Argentinian sommelier Luciana Nunez will offer an introduction to the wines of her native country and pair them with tastings from the chef’s kitchen at The Waterfront at Silver Birches.
Whet Your Appetite
In between tastings, nosh on a charcuterie board overflowing with meats and cheeses. There will also be a wide selection of food and bakery treats available for sale. Festivities include live entertainment each day and a silent auction benefiting the Lake Wallenpaupack fireworks. Overnight stays at some of the area’s finest accommodations are up for grabs along with gift cards to local restaurants and businesses. You can also place a bid on golf and spa packages as well as boat and paddle board rentals.
Stop & Shop
The Marketplace will showcase fine food, gift items and decor fit for wine lovers– all available for purchase. Shop offerings from places such as Art on the Edge, which features home and wine décor. Check out Moka Origins. The Honesdale, PA based food purveyor crafts bean to bar chocolate and specialty coffee. Grain to Glory will offer its handcrafted wooden American flags while Keystone Farm Cheese will have an assortment of handmade artisan cheese.
Wine & Dine
Several restaurants and resorts in the region will offer exclusive wine dinners, tastings and live music during the weekend to celebrate Wally Wine Fest. On Friday, April 5, The Settlers Inn hosts the Steele Wine Dinner featuring pairings from the California vineyard. Woodloch Springs will offer a wine dinner on Saturday, April 6, which includes wine pairings for each course. Events elsewhere include Skytop Lodge, The French Manor, Hotel Fauchere and Gresham’s Chophouse.
Just the Ticket
Everyone who attends Wally Wine Fest receives a commemorative wine glass. Admission is $25 in advance or $30 at the door and includes 15 sampling tickets. The sampling tickets may be exchanged for wine tastings, food or bakery items. A $50 VIP admission allows entry to the festival one hour early, 25 sampling tickets and one seminar ticket. The $150 Platinum admission price offers early entry, increases the sampling tickets to 30, includes two seminar tickets and a seat at the Steele Wine Dinner at The Settlers Inn on April 5. Admission for designated drivers is $10. Tickets are available online wallywinefest.com, by phone at 570-226-4388 or in person at Silver Birches Resort, The Settlers Inn, Ledges Hotel and Cocoon Coffee House and Bakery.
Sip & Stay
Many area hotels and resorts are offering lodging packages specifically for the festival. The Settlers Inn, Ledges Hotel and Silver Birches Resort have multiple packages that include tickets to the wine festival. Check out the Sunday Special, which offers the best pricing- $99 plus tax and includes an overnight stay and two general admission tickets to the Wine Festival on Sunday.
Start spring on the right note with a Grape Escape to the Wally Wine Fest on Lake Wallenpaupack in the Pocono Mountains!