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You Won’t Whine About This Festival

You’re invited to the 15th Annual Highlandtown Wine Festival this weekend!

This annual wine festival brings more than a thousand visitors to partake in homemade wine, fine Italian food, listen to live music and have fun!

Presented by the Highlandtown Community Association and DiPasquale’s Italian Market, Highlandtown Wine Festival takes place Sunday Apr 22, from 1-6 p.m. at Our Lady of Pompei Convent Garden (3600 Claremont St. Baltimore).

Tickets for those over 21 years are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the event. Tickets include a souvenir wine glass and a selection of antipasti from DiPasquale’s. Children and teens can enter free with an adult, but no wine included. To purchased tickets online, visit You can also purchase tickets in person at DiPasquale’s, The Laughing Pint, Mastellone Deli & Wine or Rust-N-Shine.

Admission to the festival includes five complimentary tastings of homemade wines, including vintages like the Highlandtown Red and Bel Air Zin. In addition to the complimentary antipasti, DiPasquale’s will have meatball subs, sausage and peppers, pasta, cannolis and their specialty arancine, as seen on Food Network (available for sale).

The festival features a competition for amateur winemakers judged by Baltimore’s finest celebrities and connoisseurs.  Bronze, silver and gold ribbons will be awarded to the best red and white wines based on appearance, smell, taste and overall quality. Contestants also compete for the best bottle design.

Wine competition entry forms are available online at, as well as at DiPasquale’s (3700 Gough St. Baltimore) and Mastellone Deli & Wine (7212 Harford Rd. Baltimore).

This is one Wine Festival you won’t want to miss!

Tess Abney is a freelance writer who was born and raised in the Quad Cities. She spends most of her time attempting to successfully raise three boys. In her free time, writing is her passion. Whether it is sharing local events and businesses with readers or sharing her thoughts on life, she finds comfort in the way words can bring people together.