Dandelion Festival

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

1st Place Winner 2014 Dandelion Cookoff- “A Twist on a 7 Layer Salad”

  • 14 slices bacon, fried crisp, crumbled
  • 4 c. dadnelion greens, chopped
  • 2 1/2 c. apples, unpeeled, cubed
  • 1 1/2 c. feta, crumbled
  • 3 c. strawberries, sliced
  • 2 c. spiced pecans

Place bacon slices in skillet on medium heat. Cook until crisp. Drain on paper towels and cool. Crumble the cooled bacon and set aside. Rinse and dry all fruit and greens.  Chop greens and place in bottom of clear glass bowl. Next, cube apples and add to bowl. Add crumbled bacon in bowl. Peel and cube avocados and add to bowl. Next, add crumbled feta to bowl. Slice berries and add to bowl. Add spiced pecans on top.  Pour prepared dressing over salad when ready to serve and toss. Makes 4-6 servings. Serve with your favorite Breitenbach wine and crusty bread. Enjoy!


  • 1/2 c. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/3 c. white wine vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

Put all ingredients into a mason jar and shake well.

Gail Harshbarger from Canton, OH


 Dandelion Dinner in The Tool Shed

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!       Dandelion-Dinner-2015 Tickets are now on sale for $75.00 per person. Reserve by calling 330-343-3603 or email anita@breitenbachwine.com. Seating is limited to 50!


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:

May 1 – 12:30-3:30 Acoustic Mud                May 1- 4:00-7:00 Reb Robinson and Tim Reynolds

May 2 – 12:30-3:30 Acoustic Co.                  May 2 – 4:00-7:00 Scott Paris and Imaginary Cookies


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.

Crowds of happy visitors came to eat the food, view the art, listen to music and taste some of the 1,500 gallons of dandelion wine made at the winery especially for the occasion.There was plenty of food to sample, both with dandelion ingredients and without. Vendors in tents outside of the Tool Shed offered dandelion potatoes and gravy, ice cream, soup, sausage, lasagna and pizza. Dover’s Terry Bellrose was enjoying his fifth year in the booth, selling dandelion jelly, fry pies, tea, cookbooks and tee shirts. The two favorite wines of the day were dandelion and sangria.Cooking demonstrations were presented by Cheryl Cohen, for Taste of Home Cooking School, who made an Italian brunch torte, baked cannelloni, mushroom meatball parmesan sandwich and Southwestern steak salad; Sherry Schie, of Shy Cellars, who shared dandelion-stuffed fish roulade with dandelion wine butter; and Jennifer Kohler from Café Breitenbach prepared dandelion hush puppies.The highlight of the afternoon was the Great Dandelion CookOff. This year’s winner was Gail Harshbarger of Akron with a seven layer salad that included bacon, dandelion greens, apples, avocados, feta, strawberries and spiced pecans, and dressed with olive oil, fresh lemon juice, garlic salt, white wine vinegar, sugar and ground black pepper.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.

Roadhouse Amphitheater 5773 Old Rt. 39 Dover, OH 44622