Wine Fest Tickets sold out for Saturday night

By Joel Charron

Organizers are speechless after selling out Saturday night for the 7th annual Shores of Erie International Wine Festival.

Saturday night, which has become the premier night for the seven-year-old event has sold out three weeks faster than last year.

“I think it’s a testament to the quality of this event,” said Shores of Erie volunteer, Pat Catton. “ This is why the Wine Festival is one of the Top 100 festivals in Ontario.”

The only way people can grab a ticket for Saturday night is to purchase a $50 weekend pass, however festival administrator Kelly O’Rourke said even the weekend passes are becoming scarce.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if by the time this story goes to print that we are almost out of weekend passes,” she said.

O’Rourke noted that all ticket sales for all the nights are up from last year and credits the sales to the quality of entertainment that will be featured this year.

On Thursday night the lineup will be Michou, Pat Robitaille Band and Sam Roberts, who is making his return to the Wine Fest after playing the festival three years ago.

“So many people who saw the show three years ago are very excited that Sam Roberts is back,” said O’Rourke. “People are already saying they can’t wait for the show.”

Friday night will feature Big Wheel & The Spokes, Johnny “V” Recession Blues Band and April Wine.

Saturday night has Dave Russell & The Precious Stones, Dan Woods featuring Renee King-Jackson, The Kings of EC, Brett Caswell & The Marquee Rose, The Johnny Rocca Band, Nemesis and Kimmie Horne.

Then on Sunday Jackie Robitaille/ Crissi Cochrane, Johnny West, Raul Midon, Sarah Harmer and StereoGoesStellar.

Catton said just because Saturday night sold out doesn’t mean the good times end there.

“Every night is different. Every night carries a different atmosphere. It’s not better or worse than any other night, it’s just different,” he explained.

O’Rourke believe Friday night will be the next night to be sold out.

“The way ticket sales are going now, I wouldn’t be surprised if that is the next night to be sold out,” she said.

The Shores of Erie also announced that they have reached an agreement with Sharp Bus Line to provide local shuttles around town.

There will be three different drop off/pick up points, Pointe West, the Monopoly subdivision and Crownridge. The shuttles will run on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

“We’re trying to give everyone a safe ride home,” said O’Rourke. “I don’t care if you had one drink its just safer. We don’t want to see anything happen to anyone.”

There is no cost for the shuttles, however they will be asking for a donation. All proceeds will go towards the House of Shalom.

Check out the Shores of Erie’s website www.soewinefestival.com and facebook page www.facebook.com/ShoresOfErie for the latest Wine Festival news and updates.

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