Eat, Drink and Be Merry at Baltimore's Highlandtown Wine Festival

Baltimore's Highlandtown Community Association wants to wine and dine you, but for a good cause.

The 11th annual Highlandtown Wine Festival will be held on April 27 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Our Lady of Pompeii Church's Covent Garden (3600 Clement St.).  This year's festival will also be celebrating the 100th anniversary of DiPasquale's Italian Marketplace, which means the wine and Italian food will flow liberally all day. 

Festivalgoers are guaranteed five complimentary homemade wine tastings and all the classic Italian food -- everything from pasta to meatball subs to cannolis -- a food connoisseur could ever want. 

You'll also find a competition among amateur winemakers, to be judged by Baltimore foodies and celebrities. Entry forms are available at Highlandtown's website.

Tickets are available online at Highlandtown's website or in person at DiPasquale's, the Laughing Pint or Mastellone Deli & Wine. 

Tickets are $25 ($20 in advance) for those 21 and older, and include admission, a souvenier wine glass and antipasta from DiPasquale's. Children and teenagers get in for free, but will obviously not be partaking in the wine. 

Proceeds from the festival go toward Highlandtown Community Association projects, including street improvement, its Movies in the Park series and repairs and cleaning at Our Lady of Pompeii Church. 

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