People enjoy wine and cheese in East Canton
EAST CANTON - The wine was flowing, and so were the good times.
On Saturday, hundreds of people attended the Canton Wine & Cheese Festival at the Manley-Bohlayer Farm in East Canton.
All over the grounds, people went from booth to booth for wine sampling, toting their wine glasses in hand. The triangular tops of the vendors' tents poked up into the air.
Shannon Clark of Towanda had her wine glass attached to a purple strap slung around her neck.
She was dazzled by "Dazzle," a wine available at the Courtyard Wineries booth. She said it was "delicious."
Another festival-goer, Carol Lane of Canton, liked a cranberry wine she tasted.
"It's not too sweet, and no aftertaste," she said. "The cranberry takes the edge off the sweetness."
Garrett Graham, a winemaker with Courtyard Wineries from North East, Pa. near Erie, said it was their second year at the festival.
"I love it. It's a very relaxed crowd."
At the Leraysville Cheese Factory booth, people could sample 11 cheeses. "They especially love the 5-year Cheddar," said Missy Dean, who was working at the booth. Another worker, Judy Nero, said this kind of cheese tastes good in macaroni and cheese.
The festival is co-sponsored by Canton Area Chamber of Commerce & Rekindle the Spirit, Inc.
By the Manley-Bohlayer Farmhouse, "Acoustic Pawnshop" played under a tent. The musicians in the band, Jude and Matt Noldy from Mansfield, described their music as "rock and roll for grown-ups." Their set list includes a wide variety, they noted.
"You walk right in and get a little bit of everything, that's why we call it the Pawnshop," Jude said.
Jodi Wesneski, president of the chamber, said about 1,000 people attended last year's festival, and she expected the attendance at this year's event to surpass that amount.
She said it's the third year for the festival, which is growing.
"We've expanded to having two gates."
Wesneski said there were 10 wineries and four cheese vendors this year.
"We couldn't ask for better weather. The crowds are good."
According to Wesneski, the purpose of the festival is "to bring people together to relax and enjoy themselves." She said the Canton Wine & Cheese Festival differs from the Pennsylvania Apple 'n Cheese Festival, which is held at the Manley-Bohlayer Farm in the fall, because the wine and cheese festival is smaller and more low-key.
"Everybody's been happy," said Ceil Barlow, entertainment coordinator with the festival. She the event had "nice wineries, good vendors, and good food."
This year, the Canton High School Band helped out with parking.
Wesneski said the festival will give the band a donation for their work.
"We would like to see more local organizations get involved."
Wesneski said those interested in helping out should call the Chamber at (570) 364-2600.