About the Festival

Hosted by the Lift Bridge Community Association along with coordination by the City of Ashtabula, the 8th Annual Wine and Walleye Festival will be alive and well again on Bridge Street in the Historic Ashtabula Harbor this July 28th thru the 30th. Be sure to mark your calendars for 2017 as the festival has been moved up to the month of July with hopes of great weather, summer vacation schedules, and an all new fireworks celebration scheduled for Saturday evening following the lighted boat parade.

Live music and entertainment, lighthouse and river tours, and sunset boat tours, as well as a Saturday morning sailboat regatta are all included in the new lineup of festivities for 2017. The festival will continue to offer the Wine Garden Event Tent providing some of the best local and regional wines from several wineries found throughout the Grand River Valley.

In addition to wine tasting activities and in coordination with all 6 of the Bridge Street restaurants, special pairing dinners will be offered to meet your appetite and tasteful palates all weekend long.  Look for the street side gourmet food stations for cash and carry options as well.


Book Your Boat Tours

New for 2017, the Wine and Walleye Festival welcomes attendees to jump aboard the “Holiday”, our 65’ excursion vessel, for an opportunity to experience the waterway of our amazing Ashtabula Harbor port for a 60 minute cruise. Options available include daytime river and lighthouse tours, sunset cruises, as well as the best fireworks watch party around.

The sunset cruises and fireworks watch party will be a premium ticket and will definitely sell. The boat hosts a fully stocked bar for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage purchases as well as restroom facilities, and all required boat safety equipment. Don’t be surprised if a little island music and fun happen along the way!

River and Lighthouse Tour

Sunset Cruises

Fireworks Fun Cruise

Wineries Participating

Here are the wineries participating in this year's festival. The Wine Garden is quite possibly the main attraction of the weekend to those patrons looking to taste some of the best varieties of wine available throughout the Grand River Valley. Expectations of 8 to 10 different wineries will be present.

Daily Event Program

Wine & Dine Pairing Dinners 

Indulge your senses in a delectable collection of culinary experience designed to showcase the dynamic relationship with local wines. Each restaurant will be paired with a winery the evenings of the festival where the winemakers will collaborate with the chefs to create perfect marriages of food and wine highlighting what these experts do best. Dinners will be at each of the local restaurants and will have a different winery representative present each night.

Reservation(s) highly recommended at the Bridge Street restaurant of your choice.

Pricing may vary per restaurant.

Swirl, Sniff, and Sip – Wine Classes

New for 2017, The Wine & Walleye Festival will be providing wine education to all those looking to learn a little more about the wines they consume or plan to consumer throughout the weekend. We will have an array of wine classes all weekend long, ranging from beginner classes, where we will show you how to smell and taste wine to more advanced classes such as the history behind Ohio wines, current industry trends and growth opportunities, as well as what the future holds for our Grand River Valley.

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