Wine & Chocolate Festival logo with a glass of red wine and samples of chocolate

WINE & CHOCOLATE 2019

Our annual Wine & Chocolate festival is without a doubt one of our most popular festivals of the year. There aren't too many things that pair together better than Wine and Chocolate, especially during this seasonal time of year. Local Chocolatiers will be on hand with their delicious treats, as well as local Artists and Crafters displaying their work. Enjoy live music by incredible bands on our outdoor stage, and at our Wine & Cheese Bar throughout the entire weekend. Lakeridge wine, beer, soft drinks, and a variety of food will be available for purchase.

A portion of the proceeds go to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Florida

Come Join Us:
December 13, 2019 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
December 14, 2019 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
December 15, 2019 11:00 am - 05:00 pm

Admission Fees:
Adult Admission - $10
Children 12 and under - FREE

Advance Tickets
Purchase your advance tickets through Eventbrite.com and you get to skip the cash and credit lines, and check-in through our FastLane Eventbrite Lane!

Two glasses of red wine on a table covered with chocolate and snow flake decorations
Annual Wine &  Chocolate Festival Logo

THE CHOCOLATIERS & THE CHOCOLATE WONDERLAND

The holiday season is upon us which means it's time for our Wine & Chocolate Festival. Once again we've invited some of the areas top Chocolatiers to participate in the event including our outdoor Chocolate Wonderland! You can start off by taking our free wine tasting tour where you'll get to taste a perfectly paired taste of chocolate with one of our featured Lakeridge wines. After that you can get the full chocolate experince by visting our new Chocolate Wonderland located outdoors on our festival grounds. We'll be setting up a huge air conditioned (or heated) tent out on our festival grounds we've named "The Chocolate Wonderland" (for obvious reasons) and inside you'll find all of our chocolatiers and their delicious creations. We'll also have a wine bar inside and music so you can immerse yourself in Wine & Chocolate!

Peterbrooke Chocolate

Peterbrooke Chocolates features the finest in European styled handmade chocolates. The second you taste their chocolate you'll fall in love, and you'll be amazed at the huge variety of products they offer.

If you've never had quality handmade chocolates with your favorite Lakeridge wine, then doing so during our free wine tasting with Peterbrooke Chocolate is the perfect way to get started. If you fall in love, and we know you will, be sure to visit our Outdoor Chocolate Wonderland on during the festival and get the full Peterbrooke Experience!

Wine & Chocolate, it doesn't get better than this!

Peterbrooke Chocolate
Maitland Chocolate Factory

What could be better than a chocolate factory? The Maitland Chocolate Factory of course! One look at their hand made chocolate products and you'll see exactly what we mean.

We'll be featuring their perfectly matched chocolates with some of our Lakeridge wines and you'll get a free taste as you go through our free wine tasting. Visit our Outdoor Chocolate Wonderland to see their full display of products and watch them in action.

Come check them out and be amazed!

Maitland Chocolate Factory Join Us!

Maitland Chocolate Factory
Simply Sweet

Simply Sweets Chocolates and Pastries is a family owned custom chocolate and pastry shop in Clermont, Florida, that caters to making something special for you.

As one of the featured local chocolatiers you'll be able to sample their chocolates during the free winery tastings. Shop for their products and see them in action in our Outdoor Chocolate Wonderland.

So come out and let them put a smile on your face!

Maitland Chocolate Factory Join Us!

Simply Sweet

Enjoy 3 Days of Live Music

We've been featuring some of the area's top bands on our outdoor stage for almost 30 years, and the 2019 Wine & Chocolate Fesival line up will be no exception.

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the beautiful music, along with the beautiful vineyards and surrounding rolling hills.

Outdoor Live Entertainment

Outdoor Stage Entertainment Schedule

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, and enjoy live music and great food among the trees of our beautiful festival grounds.

Date Time Entertainment Details
Friday - December 13th, 2019 10:00 am - 1:30 pm Gypsy Elise & The Royal Blues VIEW DETAILS
Friday - December 13th, 2019 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm The Smokin Torpedoes VIEW DETAILS
Saturday - December 14th, 2019 10:00 am - 1:30 pm The Lady & The Boyz VIEW DETAILS
Saturday - December 14th, 2019 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Buddy Blues Band VIEW DETAILS
Sunday - December 15th, 2019 11:00 am - 1:30 pm The Mike Quick Band VIEW DETAILS
Sunday - December 15th, 2019 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm David Julia VIEW DETAILS

Our popular Wine & Cheese Bar is located upstairs in the wine shop and will be open noon to 4pm each day of the festival. The Wine & Cheese Bar features all of our famous wines along with beer, more live entertainment, and of course CHEESE!

While you’re relaxing and enjoying one of our fabulous cheese plates you’ll be entertained by some of the area’s hottest solo acts. Great wine, music, and cheese... it doesn’t get better than this!

Entertainer Jeff Whitfield

Wine & Cheese Bar Entertainment Schedule

Date Time Entertainment Details
Friday - December 13th, 2019 Noon - 4:00 pm Joe Hand VIEW DETAILS
Saturday - December 14th, 2019 Noon - 4:00 pm Beautiful Bobby Blackmon VIEW DETAILS
Sunday - December 15th, 2019 Noon - 4:00 pm Ronnie Duncan VIEW DETAILS

ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW

If you're looking for some great gift ideas for the holiday then you won't want to miss this event. Not only will we have some special holiday gift items in our wine shop, we've also invited some of the area's best Arts & Craft Vendors to display their creations.

You'll be able to shop a variety of hand-crafted items on display from some of the area's finest artisans. Our wide-open crafter area allows you to explore the unique items on display while still being able to hear the live entertainment, and enjoy the beautiful views of the vineyards and rolling hills.

Art & Craft Vendors

Fun & Games

We think we have one of the most beautiful venues around for outdoor music and fun. Our festival grounds feature large shade trees and open grassy areas to set up your chairs or blanket. It's the perfect place to listen to live music and enjoy the great outdoors.

To add to the fun, we have a large number of cornhole games set up for everyone to play and enjoy for free. It’s the little things in life!

Men and women outside on the festival grounds playing cornhole

Food Court, Wine & Beer Bars

We offer a large variety of wine, beer, soft drinks and food for purchase at the event. Our food pavilion features a huge selection of quality food options such as American, Greek, Mexican, Seafood, BBQ, plus wraps and salads.

You can also enjoy Lakeridge wine by the glass, import and domestic beers, soft drinks, Wine Slushies, Twistee Treat ice cream, kettle corn, and pretzels.

A plate with a gourmet hamburger and glass of red wine

Complimentary Winery Tours and Wine Tastings

Winery Tours

Tours usually run every 15-20 minutes during the festivals and start with a video presentation which shows the growing of the Florida grapes to the wine making process, and the finishing with the bottling and labeling. Your personal Tour Guide will then show you the production area and the spectacular view of the vineyards where the grapes are grown and harvested.

Wine Tasting

Enjoy a sample of up to 6-8 different wines as you walk through our production area and stop at each wine station. You will taste our award winning wines from dry to sweet including red and white wine.

ID Requirements for Tastings

US citizens: state issued drivers license, military ID, or state ID card.
International guests: Original passport preferred, or valid government issued photo ID with birthdate. Original passport will be required if government ID cannot be validated.

Tour & Tasting Hours

Friday 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am - 05:00 pm
(The last winery tours start at 4:00 pm)

Young woman at a table displaying multiple wine bottles

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Florida

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Florida finds, creates, and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and families. Our cornerstone program, the Ronald McDonald House®, provides a home away from home for families with children receiving treatment at hospitals and medical facilities in Orlando. Before the Ronald McDonald Houses, parents were sleeping in their cars or in chairs in the waiting room, eating out of vending machines, or bearing the expense of impersonal hotel rooms. There are three Ronald McDonald Houses in Orlando - one on the campus of Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, one on the campus of Florida Hospital for Children and one on the campus of Nemours Children's Hospital. Each year, about 2,000 families stay with us to be close to their critically ill children.

For more information on ways to help, please call (407) 206-0957 or visit www.ronaldmcdonaldhouseorlando.org.

We are happy to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Florida and the work they do in our community by donating a portion of the gate proceeds to their great organization.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida logo

Important Festival Policies

Thank you for your interest in our festivals and events. We host thousands of visitors at our festivals and events, and our goal is to provide the greatest experience possible for ALL that attend. With that in mind we have developed a few simple rules and policies over the last 30 years that helps us to do just that. Our festival and event rules apply to ALL festivals, events, concerts, or other organized outdoor activities. Please visit our Festival FAQ's page for details on those policies, and to get answers to our most frequently asked questions. A few notable policies are no pets, no guns or weapons, and no tents, canopies or umbrellas. We encourage you to bring your own lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

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