The 24th Annual Long Grove Fine Art and Wine Festival Review - A Weekend of Wine, Art and Shopping

Wine and art enthusiasts had the opportunity to experience fine beverages and arts and crafts at the 24th Annual Long Grove Fine Art and Wine Festival.  The two-day event was held in the historic village of Long Grove, Illinois on August 18th and 19th. According to the Long Grove website, the name “Long Grove” was taken from a large grove of oak and hickory trees in an area that now includes the Deer Grove Forest Preserve where there are over 120 businesses, shops and fine dining. Long Grove is the first preserved historic district in Illinois and was created in 1960 by a village ordinance. The village offers its visitors a relaxed and rural lifestyle.

The Long Grove Art and Wine Fest contained a wide variety of arts and crafts with over 100-juried artists exhibiting different forms including wood carvings, fiber, accessories including purses, hats and boots, clothing, oil and acrylic paintings, glass, paper products, sculpture, pottery, photography, jewelry, and mixed media. There was also face painting for customers, live music, and refreshments. Some of the volunteer musicians included The Ale Fyfe Trio, Rick Lundy and the Wild Ones, and Art Beat Live! Customers were also able to request custom orders for products they wanted from the artists. All proceeds from the festival benefited Killdeer-Countryside Day School Cultural Arts Programs as well    as Long Grove Business and Community Partners.  There was free admission to the festival including parking and it was also handicapped accessible.

Each artist had an individual sense of style, and his or her crafts were very unique. The artists were  more than happy to go into great depth answering their customers’ questions. One of the artists was  the ceramics master, Jim Barbagallo. Besides selling his pottery, he gave continuous demonstrations with details on how he used the potter’s wheel to show festival attendees a behind the scenes lesson  on how he created his pieces. 

In addition to the many fine arts for sale, wine tasting was a big feature of the festival.  It was located in a large tent, adjacent to the art and crafts. Customers sampled many different types of wines from local winemakers such as Louis Glunz Family Winery. The Glunz family also produces a fine line of delicious brandies, spirits, and has a beer distributing warehouse that include regional and international breweries. Wines included reds, whites, and rosés.  Wine expert volunteers were onsite to introduce the wine selections to tasters, provide samples, and answer questions about the wine. Each ticket cost $10 and was good for six wine samples. Additional festival sponsors included radio stations 101.9 and 97.1 The Drive, AT&T, Verizon, The Chicago Tribune, Oberweis Dairy, Budweiser, Budlight, and Jamba Juice.

For more information on the festival and the village of Long Grove itself, please visit the Long Grove website or email [email protected].

The artist contact phone number is  224-279-7275. Long Grove is located at 343 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove, Illinois, 60047.

Photos: Jenny Lunz



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