DSC_4022By D.C. Smith

Big Cork, the new vineyard adjacent to Rt 67 in Rohresville, opened its doors to the community last weekend.   The vineyard, soon to open to include a winery and hospitality center, held its first annual Fall Festival last weekend (October 25th and 26th). Big Cork Vineyards is officially located at 4236 Main St. in Rohrersville.

From noon -6 pm over two days, the event featured food and fun for the whole family. For the adults there were tastings of Big Cork wine, arts and crafts, and live music; for the kids there was face painting, a moon bounce, a hay maze, a pumpkin patch. And everyone could go on a hayride to see the sizeable vineyard up close and personal.

Big Cork’s Fall Festival was over a gorgeous weekend, bringing out families and friends to enjoy the festivities.  Many folks brought picnics, or bought a bottle of wine and food to enjoy on the property, courtesy of cheese from Buttercup Valley Cheese, ice cream and cheese curds from Misty Meadow Farm Creamery, Funnel cake from Hobby Horse Concessions, Guacamole and grilled stuffed avocados from Juan Guacamole, Kettle Corn from Mt. Musser Kettle Corn, BBQ from Brad and Paul Rohrer, etc. Live music acts over the 2-day festival featured the Short Hill Mountain Boys, a blue grass band, and Jaime and James (cover music, country, and pop). The Boonsboro high school FFA was selling local apples for $0.50 each, and Big Cork’s wine samples were $1 by the ounce ($5 by the glass). Hayrides ran hourly each afternoon, touring the rolling hills of vines with stories and grape samples. “Five tons of grapes make about 700 gallons of wine”, said Master Winemaker Dave Collins. (more…)

Open Thursday through Monday, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. Open Fridays until 9:00 pm.