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Wine & Chocolate Festival
December 7 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC+0
With out a doubt one of our most popular festivals of the year. There aren’t too many things better than Wine and Chocolate together, especially at this seasonal time of year. Local Chocolatiers will be on hand with their delicious treats, as well as local Artists and Crafters displaying their work. Enjoy live music by incredible bands on outdoor stage throughout the entire weekend. Lakeridge wine, beer, soft drinks and a variety of food will be available for purchase, along with complimentary Winery tours and tasting.
December 7, 2018 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
December 8, 2018 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
December 9, 2018 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Adult Admission – $10 per day
Children 12 and under – FREE
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THE CHOCOLATIERS & THE CHOCOLATE WONDERLAND
The holiday season is upon us which means it’s time for our Wine & Chocolate Festival. Once again we’ve invited some of the areas top Chocolatiers to participate in the event including our outdoor Chocolate Wonderland! You can start off by taking our free wine tasting tour where you’ll get to taste a perfectly paired taste of chocolate with one of our featured Lakeridge wines. After that you can get the full chocolate experince by visting our new Chocolate Wonderland located outdoors on our festival grounds. We’ll be setting up a huge air conditioned (or heated) tent out on our festival grounds we’ve named “The Chocolate Wonderland” (for obvious reasons) and inside you’ll find all of our chocolatiers and their delicious creations. We’ll also have a wine bar inside and music so you can immerse yourself in Wine & Chocolate!
B & B Chocolates
B & B Chocolates features the finest in European styled handmade chocolates. The second you taste their chocolate you’ll fall in love, and you’ll be amazed at the huge variety of products they offer.
If you’ve never had quality handmade chocolates with your favorite Lakeridge wine, then doing so during our free wine tasting with B & B Chocolate is the prefect way to get started. If you fall in love (and we know you will) then you can visit our NEW! Chocolate Wonderland on our festival grounds and get the full B & B Experience!
Wine & Chocolate, it doesn’t get better than this!
Maitland Chocolate Factory
What could be better than a chocolate factory? The Maitland Chocolate Factory of course! One look at their hand made chocolate products and you’ll see exactly what we mean.
We’ll be featuring their perfectly matched chocolates with some of our Lakeridge wines and you’ll get a free taste as you go through our free wine tasting. You can then visit our NEW! outdoor Chocolate Wonderland to see their full display of products and watch them in action.
Come check them out and be amazed!
Simply Sweets Chocolates and Pastries
Simply Sweets Chocolates and Pastries is a family owned custom chocolate and pastry shop in Clermont Florida that caters to making something special for you.
As one of the featured local chocolatiers you’ll be able to sample their chocolates during the free winery tastings. You’ll also be able to shop for their products and see them in action in our NEW! outdoor Chocolate Wonderland.
So come out and let them put a smile on your face!
MUSIC ON THE OUTDOOR STAGE
We feature some of the areas top bands on our outdoor stage in a variety of genres such as pop, rock, blues and jazz. Our outdoor stage is surrounded by large Oak trees with beautiful views of our vineyard and rolling hills.
So bring your lawn chairs and blankets, and enjoy live music and great food among the trees of our beautiful festival grounds.
Outdoor Stage Entertainment Schedule
Friday – December 7, 2018
10am – 1:30pm – Baby Blues & The No Attitude Band
2pm – 5pm – Dave Capp Project featuring France Neil
Saturday – December 8, 2018
10am – 1:30pm – Shawline
2pm – 5pm – The Smokin’ Torpedoes
Sunday – December 9, 2018
11am – 1:30pm – Buddy Blues Band
2pm – 5pm – Mike Quick Band
WINE & CHEESE BAR
Our popular Wine & Cheese Bar is located upstairs in the wine shop and will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the festival with extended hours on Friday and Saturday to 7PM. The Wine & Cheese Bar features all of our famous Lakeridge wines by the glass, a variety of beers, and of course our cheese plates made from high quality Boar’s Head cheese!
Wine & Cheese Bar Entertainment Schedule
Friday – December 7, 2018
Noon – 4pm – Jeff Whitfield
Saturday – December 8, 2018
Noon – 4pm – Ronnie Duncan
Sunday – December 9, 2018
Noon – 4pm – The Rusty & Laurie Duo
ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW
Come explore a wide variety of fine art and hand crafted items on display from some of the areas finest artisans. Our wide open crafter area allows you to explore the unique items on display while still being able to hear the live entertainment, and enjoy the beautiful views of the vineyards and rolling hills.
Craft Vendor Hours
Friday – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday – 11:00am to 5:00pm
LARGE FOOD COURT
We offer a large variety of wine, beer, soft drinks and food for purchase at the event. Our food pavilion features a huge selection of quality food options such as American, Greek, Mexican, Seafood, BBQ, plus wraps and salads. You can also enjoy Wine Slushies, Twistee Treat ice cream, and kettle corn.
COMPLIMENTARY WINERY TOURS & TASTING
Tours usually run every 15-20 minutes during the festivals and start with a video presentation which shows the growing of the Florida grapes to the wine making process, and the finishing with the bottling and labeling. Your personal Tour Guide will then show you the production area and the spectacular view of the vineyards where the grapes are grown and harvested.
Enjoy a sample of up to 6-8 different wines as you walk through our production area and stop at each wine station. You will taste our award winning wines from dry to sweet including reds, whites, sparkling, and desert style wines.
ID Requirements for Tastings
US citizens: state issued drivers license, military ID, or state ID card.
International guest: MUST have an original passport. No exceptions.
Tour & Tasting Hours
Friday 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am – 05:00 pm
(The last winery tours start at 4:30 pm)
Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Florida
Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Florida finds, creates, and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and families. Our cornerstone program, the Ronald McDonald House®, provides a home away from home for families with children receiving treatment at hospitals and medical facilities in Orlando. Before the Ronald McDonald Houses, parents were sleeping in their cars or in chairs in the waiting room, eating out of vending machines, or bearing the expense of impersonal hotel rooms. There are three Ronald McDonald Houses in Orlando – one on the campus of Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, one on the campus of Florida Hospital for Children and one on the campus of Nemours Children’s Hospital. Each year, about 2,000 families stay with us to be close to their critically ill children.
For more information on ways to help, please call (407) 206-0957 or visit www.ronaldmcdonaldhouseorlando.org.
We are happy to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Florida and the work they do in our community by donating a portion of the gate proceeds to their great organization.
Important Festival Policies
Thank you for your interest in our festivals and events. We host thousands of visitors at our festivals and events, and our goal is to provide the greatest experience possible for ALL that attend. With that in mind we have developed a few simple rules and policies over the last 30 years that helps us to do just that. Please visit our Festival FAQ’s page for details on those policies, and to get answers to our most frequently asked questions. A few notable policies are no pets, no guns or weapons, and no tents, canopies or umbrellas. We encourage you to bring your own lawn chairs or blankets for seating.