Restaurant Scene: Rockin' wines and fest fare

2013-07-19T00:00:00Z 2013-07-25T09:53:05Z Restaurant Scene: Rockin' wines and fest fareEloise Marie Valadez, (219) 933-3365

The annual tribute to the tasty Pierogi will roll into Whiting next week. Don't miss the entertaining Pierogi Fest July 26 to 28 in downtown Whiting. More than 250,000 visitors visit annually to sample pounds of pierogi and other foods. The travel Website TripAdvisor just placed Pierogi Fest on its Top 10 list of bizarre festivities. FYI:

Festival of the Lakes

Fans of fest food will find a variety of vendors at this year's Festival of the Lakes, running through Sunday in Hammond. Everything from hot dogs and burgers to pizza, shaved ice, shishkebab and more will be in the food spotlight. Visit

Porter County Fair

In addition to live entertainment, 4H exhibits, carnival rides and other attractions, food is always a highlight at the Porter County Fair, running through July 27. Step up to the booths to enjoy everything from corn on the cob, hefty sandwiches, fried goodies, iced cold lemonade and more at the event. For more information, visit

Rockin' wines

Rock band Whitesnake, performing tonight at Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, has a own wine line, which debuted in 2010. New wines, however, are always being added.

"I love wine and my associate Dennis De La Montanya loves rock and roll," Whitesnake lead singer and founder David Coverdale said about debuting the band's own wines.

"We have released a Cabernet Sauvignon this year and are about to unleash a fab Pinot Noir on an unsuspecting public. Good, tasty wines at hopefully an accommodating price," Coverdale said.

"I have a serious love and passion for wine. It's a living, breathing organism to me. I love layered wines that slowly unfold their individual glories and secrets. I savor wine rather than drink for the alcohol content though I must say the Whitesnake wines are loaded with a very agreeable alcohol content. Very agreeable." To learn more about the wines, visit

When Coverdale tours, he said he watches what he eats to some extent.

"I don't eat dairy other than a splash of milk in my tea. I am British, after all. I can't eat spicy or risk exotic foods on show days though, I must say, I am enjoying my vino and whiskies on this run."

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