• Lakeridge Winery Chocolate and Wine Festival

    By: Shelley Caran


    CLERMONT, Fla. - There aren't too many things better than Wine and Chocolate together, especially at this seasonal time of year, and Lakeridge Winery is hosting the much anticipated Wine and Chocolate Festival this weekend. 

    Local Chocolatiers will be on hand with their delicious treats, as well as local Artists and Crafters displaying their work. Enjoy live music by incredible bands on an outdoor stage throughout the entire weekend. 

    Lakeridge wine, beer, soft drinks and a variety of food will be available for purchase, along with complimentary Winery tours and tasting.

    Tickets and Hours

    December 7, 2018 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    December 8, 2018 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    December 9, 2018 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Adult Admission - $10 per day
    Children 12 and under - FREE

    Purchase your tickets through Eventbrite and you get to skip the cash and credit lines, and check-in through the FastLane Eventbrite Lane!



     "The Chocolate Wonderland" (for obvious reasons) is where you'll find all of the chocolatiers and their delicious creations along with a wine bar and music so you can immerse yourself in Wine & Chocolate!

    B & B Chocolates

    B & B Chocolates features the finest in European styled handmade chocolates. The second you taste their chocolate you'll fall in love, and you'll be amazed at the huge variety of products they offer.

    If you've never had quality handmade chocolates with your favorite Lakeridge wine, then doing so during the free wine tasting with B & B Chocolate is the prefect way to get started. If you fall in love then you can visit the NEW! Chocolate Wonderland on the festival grounds and get the full B & B Experience!

    Wine & Chocolate, it doesn't get better than this!

    Maitland Chocolate Factory

    What could be better than a chocolate factory? The Maitland Chocolate Factory of course! 

    They’ll be featuring their perfectly matched chocolates with Lakeridge wines and you'll get a free taste as you go through the free wine tasting. You can then visit the NEW! outdoor Chocolate Wonderland to see their full display of products and watch them in action.

    Come check them out and be amazed!

    Simply Sweets Chocolates and Pastries

    Simply Sweets Chocolates and Pastries is a family owned custom chocolate and pastry shop in Clermont Florida that caters to making something special for you.

    As one of the featured local chocolatiers you'll be able to sample their chocolates during the free winery tastings. You'll also be able to shop for their products and see them in action in the NEW! outdoor Chocolate Wonderland.

    So come out and let them put a smile on your face!


    Lakeridge Winery will also featuring some of the areas top bands on their outdoor stage in a variety of genres such as pop, rock, blues and jazz. The outdoor stage is surrounded by large Oak trees with beautiful views of the vineyard and rolling hills.

    So bring your lawn chairs and blankets, and enjoy live music and great food among the trees of the beautiful festival grounds.

    Outdoor Stage Entertainment Schedule

    Friday - December 7, 2018
    10am - 1:30pm - Baby Blues & The No Attitude Band
    2pm - 5pm - Dave Capp Project featuring France Neil

    Saturday - December 8, 2018
    10am - 1:30pm - Shawline
    2pm - 5pm - The Smokin' Torpedoes

    Sunday - December 9, 2018
    11am - 1:30pm - Buddy Blues Band
    2pm - 5pm - Mike Quick Band


    The popular Wine & Cheese Bar is located upstairs in the wine shop and will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the festival with extended hours on Friday and Saturday to 7PM. The Wine & Cheese Bar features famous Lakeridge wines by the glass, a variety of beers, and of course cheese plates made from high quality Boar’s Head cheese!

    Wine & Cheese Bar Entertainment Schedule

    Friday - December 7, 2018
    Noon - 4pm - Jeff Whitfield

    Saturday - December 8, 2018
    Noon - 4pm - Ronnie Duncan

    Sunday - December 9, 2018
    Noon - 4pm - The Rusty & Laurie Duo


    Come explore a wide variety of fine art and hand crafted items on display from some of the areas finest artisans. The wide open crafter area allows you to explore the unique items on display while still being able to hear the live entertainment, and enjoy the beautiful views of the vineyards and rolling hills.

    Craft Vendor Hours

    Friday - 10:00am to 5:00pm
    Saturday - 10:00am to 5:00pm
    Sunday - 11:00am to 5:00pm


    There will also be a large variety of wine, beer, soft drinks and food for purchase at the event. The food pavilion features a huge selection of quality food options such as American, Greek, Mexican, Seafood, BBQ, plus wraps and salads. You can also enjoy Wine Slushies, Twistee Treat ice cream, and kettle corn.


    Winery Tours
    Tours usually run every 15-20 minutes during the festivals and start with a video presentation which shows the growing of the Florida grapes to the wine making process, and the finishing with the bottling and labeling. Your personal Tour Guide will then show you the production area and the spectacular view of the vineyards where the grapes are grown and harvested.

    Wine Tasting
    Enjoy a sample of up to 6-8 different wines as you walk through the production area and stop at each wine station. You will taste the award winning wines from dry to sweet including reds, whites, sparkling, and desert style wines.

    ID Requirements for Tastings
    US citizens: state issued drivers license, military ID, or state ID card. 
    International guest: MUST have an original passport. No exceptions.

    Tour & Tasting Hours
    Friday 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
    Saturday 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
    Sunday 11:00 am - 05:00 pm

    (The last winery tours start at 4:30 pm)


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