NEW LOCATION- At the New Roadhouse Amphitheater located just 100 yards east of the winery on Old Rt. 39.
Breitenbach’s annual Dandelion Festival will take place on Friday May 1 from noon-7 and Saturday May 2, 2015 from 9-8. This festival provides fun and many activities for the entire family. Dandelion wine sampling, cellar tours and live entertainment are scheduled for both days.
On May 2 at noon, children will enjoy the dandelion picking contest and making their own dandelion jelly. Children should gather in the picnic shelter on top of the hill. Dandelion sausage, dandelion bread, dandelion gravy, dandelion lasagna, dandelion ice cream and dandelion sangria will be available both Friday and Saturday. Arts and craft vendors dot the hillside. Past vendors have included fine art, blown glass, handmade jewelry, lawn ornaments and much more! Download the vendor registration form! New Vendors’ application 2015
Cooking Demonstrations on May 2 in the Tool Shed… to be announced
The Great Dandelion Cookoff- May 2 at 2:00pm
Show off your culinary skills and enter the Great Dandelion Cookoff. Fifteen finalists will be chosen. The finalists will prepare their dish at the Cookoff during the Dandelion Festival. Cash and prizes are awarded to the top three dandelion dishes. Click here to download the entry form.. cookoff entry form 2015
The Great Dandelion Cookbook is now available for $8.00 plus tax and shipping. We have collected recipes from 20 years of cookoffs and now you can try it at home! Call 1-800-THE-WINE to order.
The 21st Annual Dandelion MayFest
DOVER —By Lee Elliott TimesReporter.com correspondent posted 5/10/14
The weather couldn’t make up its mind as it switched back and forth from bright sun to blinding rain and wind, but none of that deterred the estimated 10,000 people who made their ways up the hill at Breitenbach Winery for the 21st annual MayFest and Dandelion Festival held recently.
Second place went to Dawn Vacco of East Canton for her Sunny Dandelion Pie, and third place to Jona Scott of Port Washington for Dandy Chicken Gnocchi Soup. All entries were judged on taste, appearance, originality and dandelion content.
This year’s art show, sponsored by the Tuscarawas County Art Guild, generated much interest.
Levi Keim of the Charm/Beach City area showed his wildlife photographs.
“I’ve been observing nature since I was a small boy,” he said. “Now I am able to present the images I have been collecting all my life. There has been a large and appreciative crowd through here.”
Connie Wald of Dover exhibited her lampwork beads and Kumihimo bead weaving, while Peggy Sibila, also of Dover, presented a series of masks made of acrylics and clay.
Beach City’s Patsy McGrath used her first time at the festival to display her Victorian hand-painted jewelry and watercolors.
The Art Guild held a silent auction with pieces donated by the artists, to raise money for a scholarship for a high school senior who intends to pursue a degree in art in college.
Folk singer Gary Lee, of Lakeside, entertained for the 21st year with his guitar and harmonica. Lee said he wrote a song about dandelions after his first festival, and it has become a tradition at the event.
Another first-time visitor, Mary Walls of Toronto, saw the information about the festival while visiting the winery and expressed her excitement at what she was experiencing. Ralph and Joan Higgins of St. Mary’s W.Va., said they have attended for several years and enjoyed it so much they intend to come back every year. “We like to try a little bit of everything,” Mary said. “There is so much to experience.”
Ten-year-old Alexis Labarba, who came from Canton with her parents, Mark and Amber, loved the French fries and fudge, but said she didn’t try anything “dandelion.”
“We heard many people comment that they loved having the festival all together surrounding the tool shed on the top of the hill,” said Anita Davis, festival coordinator. “They liked the more intimate atmosphere. The art show and cooking demonstrations were particularly popular, and of course, the wine tours are always well attended.”
She said about 100 children participated in the dandelion picking contest, with prizes awarded for the longest stem, largest blossom, smallest blossom and for picking the most flowers. All participants took home jelly made from their blossoms.
The festival closed with the Dandelion May Run Sunday.
“I think we had the best participation ever this year, probably because of changing the race to Sunday,” Davis said. The first male crossing the finish line was Adam Leary, of Canton, in a time of 19:12, while the first female was Megan Tennent in a time of 24:53.
Other top winners and their age groups were:
Female under 20: Tessa Ullom, Melissa McAfee and Mia Trusso.
Male under 20: Darian Pacula, Jared Ullorn and Drew Yoder.
Female 20-29: Danielle Botkin, Danea Parker and Wendy McAfee.
Male 20-29: Nathan Wagler, Andrew Reeves and Cory Parker.
Female 30-39: Kim Mullet, Jennifer Knabloch and Sheila Myers.
Male 30-39: Jesse Mullet, JR Luyster and Darrell Lee.
Female 40-49: Shawnee Arbaugh, Vickie McMorris and Jennifer Kohler.
Male 40-49: Steve Neading, Tim Miller and Norman Yoder.
Female 50-59: Marilyn Luyster, Terri Miller and Rose Gintz.
Male 50-59: Mark Ditcher, Mike Gintz and Michael Lucas.
Female 60 and older: Angela Bosela, Mary Levan,
Male 60 and older: Bob Gerber, Howard Wise.
How many ways can you eat a dandelion? This multi course gourmet dinner made by Sherry Schie, a Great Dandelion Cookoff winner, from Shy Cellars can show you just how versatile this little flower can be in food! Details are coming soon!
5K Dandelion May Run
In the Dandelion May Run, runners compete for cash and prizes. The course is 5K through beautiful, hilly Amish Country. You can find the results of this year’s run here. All proceeds from the Dandelion Run benefit the Zachary Davis Memorial Fund. The fund goes to scholarships for students in Tuscarawas County. Dandelion Run Registration 2015
Dandelion Festival Entertainment: to be announced
Roadhouse Amphitheater 5773 Old Rt. 39 Dover, OH 44622