A must for everyone’s fall calendar is the indoor Harvest Festival Fine Arts Fair in Porter County’s Woodland Park, for artwork and fun samplings of wine, cheese, and chocolate -- all underscored by music from popular local performers.
This is the third year for the free event, Oct. 5 from 10-5 p.m. and Oct 6 from noon to 5 p.m., for all ages.
The juried art show with more than 20 artists is “the best of the best,” says Pam Passera, recreation program coordinator for Portage Parks Department. “People will be able to buy any pieces they like, too.”
It’s a thoroughly upbeat event, with wine tastings for those 21 and over, from at least five wineries also offering wines for sale: Butler, Buck Creek, Anderson Orchards, Madison County, and Easley Winery. Sample and/or buy artisanal cheeses and luscious Kim Specialty Chocolates! A popular favorite from last year returns: Good-to-Go by Lucrezia.
Live entertainment by popular local performers: Saturday: Candee Sweet, 10 a.m. to noon; Chris and Lou, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; Ronn Barnay, 3 to 5 p.m. On Sunday: Dave Hutchins, noon to 2 p.m.; Johnsie and Christina Mays, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Joining the park’s support for the event is a generous grant from the Indiana Arts Commission.
“Come in and browse the art, sit and relax, listen to music, and definitely have fun tasting wines, cheeses, chocolates, and the best to-go food anywhere.”
Signage will help guide you to the venue, which is handicap-accessible.