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Wine on the Fox festival returning to downtown Oswego May 7-8; tickets on sale now

Wine on the Fox, the village of Oswego’s annual wine tasting event presented by john green Realtor, will return to the village’s downtown from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 7 and from noon to 6 p.m Sunday, May 8.

Back for its 16th year, Wine on the Fox offers the opportunity to taste from a selection of over 100 Illinois wines, including August Hill Winery/Illinois Sparkling Co., Galena Cellars, Oswego’s Fox Valley Winery and two seasonal craft beers from Oswego Brewing Company. Local food vendors will offer sweet and savory options to pair with the event’s beverages, as well as non-alcoholic beverage choices.

“This year’s Wine on the Fox should be spectacular. We expect to be back to normal this year and can’t wait to see the crowds enjoy this wonderful event in a beautiful setting,” said Village President Troy Parlier. “We’ll have a wide variety of wines, excellent food, great entertainment and fun for all.”

Participants can relax and enjoy the event in scenic Hudson Crossing Park along the east bank of the Fox River at 65 North Harrison Street while enjoying live music from nine bands including Junkyard Groove, Wild Daisy and the Bree Gordon Band with Swing Assembly Horns.

This family-friendly event includes children’s activities such as face-painting and easy access to a playground. The Mother’s Day Boutique will return with several village merchants presenting a pop-up shopping experience with a selection of fabulous gift choices for mom.

Proceeds from the event help offset the cost of the village’s annual event programming and provide community amenities throughout the year. Fourth of July fireworks, Venue 1012 summer events and other fun for Oswego families are made possible by Wine on the Fox sponsors, participating businesses and attendees.

Ticket packages begin at $20, plus applicable online ticketing fees, when purchased online before the event and include a commemorative glass, wristband and wine tickets. One ticket may be exchanged for a 1-ounce serving allowing Wine on the Fox guests to taste and discover new favorites. Tickets may also be used for a five-ounce glass. Bottles and cases will be available for purchase to those who have purchased a ticket package.

Tickets and details

Admission to Wine on the Fox is free for all ages, however those wishing to consume alcohol at the event must be 21 and over, show a valid photo ID and purchase a ticket package.

Buy ahead of time to save money on each package and receive additional tickets. Advance Wine on the Fox ticket packages are now available including:

Intro to Wine Package: $20. Eight wine tasting tickets, commemorative glass and wristband

Wine Lover’s Package: $25. Twelve wine tasting tickets, commemorative glass and wristband

Wine for Two/Mother’s Day Package: $45. Eighteen wine tasting tickets, two commemorative glasses, two wristbands and Mother’s Day gift available from participating downtown merchants.

Tickets are on sale now. Advance sales end at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 6. Packages will be available for purchase onsite on May 7 and 8 for a higher cost. Additional wine tickets are also available for $1 each at the event. Act early and buy a package to save and get more tickets per package. Designated drivers receive complimentary bottled water and soda for their role in keeping the event and our community safe.

Outside beverages are prohibited with the exception of bottled water, milk and children’s drinks.

Wine on the Fox will take place rain or shine.

Tickets are now available on the event website at Wine on the fox

Volunteers are also needed to help make Wine on the Fox a success. Financial donations are available to non-profit Oswego-based organizations that provide volunteers. Contact Julie Hoffman at for more information.

The village continues to welcome business sponsors for the event. Interested sponsors may contact Julie Hoffman at or 630-551-2344.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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