Sample Local Treats At Montrose Chocolate And Wine Festival
Chocolate and wine make for the perfect pair.
Savor all the rich, sweet flavors during the Montrose Chocolate and Wine Festival, set for Saturday, May 18, along the borough’s Chestnut Street. Tickets to the rain-or-shine event cost $20 in advance and are available online at until Thursday, May 16.
The event started more than a decade ago and has only grown larger since then, festival president Tom Follert said.
“It’s always been an event where we focus on locally made items, food, wine or beer and that goes for music, too,” he said, adding the entertainment is full of regional acts who play originals and cover songs. “It gives everyone there a place to showcase what they do.”
The day begins with the Run for Life 5K run/walk and kids’ fun run, which Follert said goes “hand-in-hand” with the festival and also includes its own set of vendors, food and activities for kids at the Green, 126 Maple St., Montrose. Proceeds from the event benefit the Button-Weller Family Cancer Fund through the Endless Mountains Community Foundation, which helps those with cancer in Susquehanna County.
Participation costs $20 for the run/walk, and the kids’ fun run is free. Registration begins at 9 a.m., but runners can sign up in advance online at . The fun run starts at 9:30, and the run/walk follows at 10.
At 2:30 p.m., the chocolate and wine festival begins and will go until 7:30. Guests can choose samplings from Pennsylvania wineries, grab microbrews on tap, and snack on food from gourmet vendors and, of course, chocolates. Crowds also can peruse wine-, chocolate- and art-related products from local artisans and watch the at-home wine-making demonstration.
Tickets also are available for purchase at select businesses. Wine-tasting tickets will be available at the gate the day of the event for $30, cash sales only. Entry for non-drinkers, ages 16 and older, costs $10. Entry is free for ages 15 and younger. Non-drinker tickets are available for purchase at the gate only. Regardless of when guests buy tickets, identification is required for proof of age.
In addition to featuring wine and chocolate, the event also started as a way to give back to the community, Follert said, and this year’s beneficiaries include Susquehanna County Library, United Fire Company, Susquehanna County Interfaith and Pink Arrow Arts.
“Every dollar goes back to the community,” Follert said, adding that the festival has raised over $280,000 over the past 11 years. “When we think back to when this first started, we can’t believe it’s, A., gone on this long; and B., raised over a quarter-million dollars. We’re just thrilled.”
Guests can enter the festival at Maple and Chestnut streets or at Church and Chestnut streets. Street parking will be available throughout Montrose as well as in a few designated areas.
Organizers hope the event continues to show Montrose residents and visitors everything the community has to offer, Follert said.
“We want people to just have a good time, and we really hope people leave feeling good about what they did that day,” he added. “When you come in, you get a sampling of wine, a chance to hear some really fantastic live music (and) spend time with friends ... For us, it’s really the kickoff to summer.”
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If you go
What: Montrose Chocolate and Wine Festival
When: Saturday, May 18, 2:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Chestnut Street, Montrose
Tickets: Admission costs $20 in advance through Thursday, May 16; $30 for the wine tasting at the gate (cash only); and $10 for non-drinkers 16 and older at the gate only. Ages 15 and younger enter for free. For advance tickets, visit or From the Heart, 14 Public Ave.; Slanted Art Co-op, 180 Church St.; NBT Bank, 36 Public Ave.; State Farm — Dan Ricci’s Office, 70 Lathrop St.; and Andre & Son, 7150 Route 706, all in Montrose; NBT Bank, 5910 Route 92,
Lenox; and NBT Bank, 841 Main St., New Milford.
Details: ID is required at the gate for proof of age. All proceeds benefit local charities.
What: Run for Life 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Fun Run
When: Saturday, May 18; registration, 9 a.m.; kids’ fun run, 9:30; 5K run/walk, 10
Where: The Green, 126 Maple St., Montrose
Details: Participation costs $20 for the 5K run/walk and is free for the kids’ fun run. Register in advance at . Proceeds benefit Button-Weller Family Cancer Fund through the Endless Mountains Community Foundation. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page or email