What's new at the Ohio Wine Festival

Anthony Dominic, Crave

The 13th annual Ohio Wine Festival kicks off this Friday night at the North Market. The weekend-long event features 20 in-state producers like Debonne Vineyards and Ferrante Winery, as well as locals Camelot Cellars and Brothers Drake Meadery.

With your ticket, you'll receive a wristband, a souvenir glass, 10 tasting tickets and a $5 market voucher (only valid this weekend). One-ounce pours will cost between one to five tickets, depending on the wine and winery, says Sheila Hunt Rossiter, director of marketing and development at the market. Full glasses can be requested, too, for an upcharge. (Additional tasting tickets will be available all weekend for 50 cents apiece.)

From 7 to 8 p.m. Friday and 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, reps from the wine department at Kent State University's Ashtabula branch will also offer a free class to help budding wine lovers evaluate grape varieties by sight, smell and, of course, taste.

If you plan on returning to the festival throughout the weekend, keep that wristband in-tact. Hunt Rossiter says only those with undamaged wristbands will be allowed to return with their original ticket.

Advanced tickets are available through Thursday for $20, or you can pay $25 at the door. The festival runs from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.