You won’t want to miss the 10th annual Great Northwest Wine Fest this Saturday, September 21. The wine fest, hosted by Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation (NWMEF), is the organization’s biggest fundraiser. The wine fest is held in Mound City, Missouri, 11:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. The committee is pleased with the increase in new wines and wineries featured, additional new vendor booths, the variety of foods being offered and some more outstanding talent to be shared throughout the day along with a chance to stomp some grapes. The event will be offering a fun filled afternoon and evening at this beautiful fall setting in the north end of Mound City next to Mound City Development Corporation’s lavish vineyards at the North Griffith Park, next to the swimming pool, 474-498 Nebraska Street.

Wineries contracted to be present are: Baltimore Bend Winery, Waverly; Grindstone Valley Winery, Osborn; Jowler Creek Winery, Platte City; Ladoga Ridge Winery, Smithville; Terre Beau Winery, Dover; Tipple Hill Winery, Easton; Top Hat Winery, Independence; Weston Wine Company, Weston; Pirtle Winery, Weston; Windy Wine Company, Osborne; Riverwood Winery, Weston; and 503 Winery, St. Joseph. Each winery has its own unique tastes and grape varieties, specialty named wines, and many new wines will be offered this year.

The food booths that will be presenting their delights are: The Enchilada Lady of Oregon – Mexican goodies; the Grillers of Savannah’s Knights of Columbus – burgers, brats and dogs; Hy-Vee, Maryville – cheese plates, fruit and delicious soups; Grill Sargent BBQ, with Paul Thompson of Maryville and S & S BBQ, St. Joseph – a variety of food items such as brisket, baby back ribs, and pulled pork. Other foods to be featured are home-baked goodies by Duck Inn Bakery, Oregon and Dancing Horse Bakery of Mound City. A full bar, to include domestic beers, will also be offered by The Klub, Mound City.

The entertainment will be most pleasing to the crowd again this year. Featured artists will include: Devon and Mikaela Sons, Rock Port; Ben Johnson (a/k/a Elvis), Stanberry, and again on stage as Frank Sinatra, Glen Campbell, Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash, Tom Jones, and Paul Anka; Esther Raredon and Brent Isom, Gladstone; Ladies in Black of Atchison County; and the Mike Goff Broken Spoke Band, Burlington Junction.

A large variety of unique artisan booths, including several new vendors, will be located around the park for the entirety of the day’s activities.

Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation board members are also offering a large raffle giveaway of a “Wine Cellar Basket,” a large basket of wines furnished by the wineries. A 50/50 raffle will also be held with the winner taking one-half the proceeds. The winners of either raffle need not be present to win.

The entry fee this year is $25 a person for all adults and minors, and $5 for children 10 and under. Adults 21 and older will receive an etched glass and unlimited samplings.

Proceeds from this event go toward the continuation of NWMEF’s free, confidential business coaching for new businesses and entrepreneurships in the counties of Atchison, Andrew, Gentry, Holt, Nodaway, and Worth. Over 1,000 clients have been seen and 170 businesses have been started and most retained over the last 13 years in this northwest area of Missouri. The business coaching is confidential and free each time used.

For more information on the wine fest, contact Marilyn Alldredge, Wine Event coordinator, 660-744-3146. Pre-sale tickets are available online at www.NWMEF.org or Event Brite. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate.