The 11th Annual FlavorFest at Mount Hope takes place Memorial Day Weekend and offers free parking, free admission and free wine sampling from over twenty wineries! This festival provides a unique showcase of Pennsylvania's diverse culinatry and wine offerings, and the finest in PA artisan crafts. Learn more about this unique festival below.
Offering free parking, free admission and free wine sampling from over twenty wineries, FlavorFest provides a showcase of diverse culinary and wine offerings and the finest in artisan crafts and is sure to be a weekend of fun and delicious entertainment for the whole family. Enjoy cooking demos with regional chefs, culinary workshops, wine sampling and sales, a mix of musical entertainment, a special children's section, hand-crafted wares by local artisans and much more!
FlavorFest takes place on Memorial Day Weekend, May 26 & 27, 2018 and is open from 11AM–5PM. Family friendly, and perfect for all ages, this unique festival signals the beginning of summer!
We are happy to welcome groups to the FlavorFest at Mount Hope! With unlimited free wine sampling, entertainment, activities, plus free admission and parking, the FlavorFest is the perfect place to bring your group. Please call 717-665-7021 ext. 148 or visit the Group Sales Page for more information.
Mount Hope Estate is proud to partner with WRVV: The River 97.3 as the Official Great Pennsylvania FlavorFest sponsor for 2017. For more information on Harrisburg's Real Rock Variety Station, check out TheRiver973.com and listen through iHeartradio!
Please Note: ALL ATTENDEES will be carded at the gate and must be over the age of 21 to enter BrewFest. NO ONE under the age of 21 will be admitted. This includes children, toddlers and infants. No refunds will be issued to patrons under the age of 21 attempting to enter the festival.
FREE PARKING, FREE ADMISSION & FREE WINE SAMPLING!
Don't miss this unique event! May 26 & 27, 2018 • 11AM-5PM
Please check back closer to the event date for the full list of wineries that will be serving up a sampling of their hand-crafted wines during the 2018 FlavorFest!
Interested in having your winery participate? Visit the Contact Form to submit an inquiry that will notify you when registration is open. Please Note: Registration is very limited.
The FlavorFest at Mount Hope welcomes top-notch entertainers to provide the perfect backdrop on various stages throughout the festival! The FlavorFest lineup regularly includes musical performers and merchant demonstrators. Explore the entertainment line-up from 2017, then please check back closer to the 2018 event date for updated information.
Born and raised outside Lebanon, PA, Blessing is a fixture in Central PA's acoustic scene.
Acoustic Americana music steeped in their travels and the back roads of the American countryside.
A unique and upbeat, dynamic and bold sound with folk, blues, bluegrass, and gospel influences.
Performing an array of ditties ranging from traditional folk and roots rock-n-roll.
This 6-piece Jazz group is based out of Reading, PA with a mixture of funk, latin, blues and rock.
Blending a grassroots feel with heart-felt lyrics to put on a high-energy, entertaining show.
Melodically distinct and enchanting neo-folk with elements of pop, jazz, swing, world, and Americana.
The FlavorFest welcomes a number of chefs and other experts annually to provide entertaining demonstrations on unique recipes that you're encouraged to try at home! Select tastings of the finished products will also be available during and/or after each chef demonstration. All chef demonstrations take place at the Ball & Chain Stage.
Are you a chef interested in demonstrating at the 2018 FlavorFest? Fill out the contact form below and a representative will contact you with more details!
Chef Tristan Turner
With deep roots at the PA Renaissance Faire, Chef Tristan Turner is a young aspiring chef, with dreams of one day opening his own bar in the Lancaster area. Sponsored by La Forge, Tristan will be demonstrating the Ulu. This native American tool has a rounded blade that cuts with a rocking motion. LaForge.Site
Chef Daniel Yocum
Join Mount Hope's own executive chef Daniel Yocum as he demystifies the secrets to great Caribbean Jerk Chicken. Hailing from Reading, PA, Daniel brings over 15 years of culinary expertise to the table. Don't miss the chance to sample this item, also featured at the Anchor & Mermaid Tavern.
Two Sisters Canning
Two Sister Canning was started to offer a preserve that was all natural without all the chemicals, additives or preservatives. Only using 100% cane sugar in their recipes, they strive to let the fruit shine, no matter when you open the jar. With over 350 flavors, including traditional, gourmet, and adult (including wine jellies), you can really taste the difference. Follow them on Facebook!
Ruth Roy from Wellcat Herbs
For over 30 years, Ruth Roy has been diggin' in the dirt. She spends countless hours on her herb garden booth at home and here on the fairegrounds. Making her own creations from potpourri to lip balm, lotions to incredible spice blends, Ruth has a real knack for true organic mixes. Visit Ruth at her herb garden or at our chef demo stage for a real treat! Learn more at WellCat.com
Throughout the weekend, enjoy demonstrations by local artisans as they create their handcrafted wares.
La Forge • Times Vary
Hand-forged, combat ready Renaissance blades perfect for edge-to-edge stage combat. On-site blacksmith performing live, public demonstrations of forging iron over a 2,500° Fahrenheit fire. The iron will glow, and the water will sizzle! Weaponry also be available for purchase. For more information about La Forge, visit LaForge.site.
Dragon's Breath Glassworks • Times Vary
Working with a furnace that can reach 2,000 degrees, the Dragon's Breath Glassworks team creates beautiful and functional glass art right before your eyes. Stop by throughout the day for live demonstrations, or to purchase their affordable, hand-crafted wares. Like them on Facebook!
FlavorFest has plenty of activities for children to show off their creativity while celebrating the spirit of PA! Visit the Children's Discovery Garden for a wide range of crafts that focus on learning, then explore the fairegrounds for games, rides and more!
Located in the Children's Discovery Garden - Children use real fruits and vegetables to stamp designs on a t-shirt that thye get to take home with them!
Located in the Children's Discovey Garden - Create and shake, shake, shake your very own bean tambourine!
Located in the Children's Discovey Garden - Create a miniature keepsake apple. Read the chart to find out the health benefits and vital information on this sweet fruit.
Located in the Children's Discovey Garden - Use bubble wrap to make your very own bee hive artwork. Learn all about bees and why we need them to grow our foods. Each artist will take home their work of art.
Located in the Children's Discovey Garden - Spread your wines and use your imagination to magically transform a simple coffee filter into a work of art! Learn about butterflies and their importance to use.
Located in the Children's Discovey Garden - Learn about the food chain with this interactive cup display. You can even make one at home and share with your friends.
Located on Privy Lane, Across From First Aid - Choose from hundreds of designs!
Located throughout the Shire - Track down our amazing balloon artist for a creation just for you!
Located in the Children's Discovey Garden - A simple plate and crayons can be turned into a traditional Hex sign. Or use your imagination and make your own design!
Located in the Children's Discovey Garden - Always think about recylcing when you are in the kitchen. Repurpose corks to make beautiful artwork!
Located in the Children's Discovey Garden - Decorate your own Chef's hat to take home, and let your culinary creativity shine on your hate and in the kitchen as well!
Located in the Children's Discovey Garden - Can you tell what food is inside just by touching it…not seeing, smelling or tasting it? Use your sense of touch to discover what popular foods feel like.
Located in the Children's Discovey Garden - Do you like to help in the Garden? After constructing these beautiful plant markers, you can help line the garden with colorful art!
Located at the Garden Glen, Next to the House of Thrones Restroom - Can you find your way out of the Amazing Maze? It's up to you to take the twists and turns to find your way to the end.
Located in Swashbuckler Grove, Up the Hill from Globe Stage - Use your strength to power miniature ship swins.
Don't forget to pick up your official FlavorFest merchandise during your visit to the grounds of Mount Hope Estate!
Commemorate your visit to the 10th annual FlavorFest with a unique tasting glass! These glasses will be available for purchase as you enter the festival, right outside the front gate. Please Note: The only glass that can be used for sampling during the festival is the official FlavorFest tasting glass. If you do not have a glass, wineries will provide you with a plastic tasting cup.
Flavorfest Wine Glass Lanyards will also be available to purchase with the official tasting glass. These clever colorful wraps fit securely around the official tasting glass (and other standard wine glasses) so you can enjoy hands free wine tasting!
Other unique merchandise (including wine inspired t-shirts, hand crafted ceramics, Mount Hope bottle openers, and much more) can be found at the Mount Hope Wine Shop, Informistress, and The Royal Oui.
FlavorFest at Mount Hope welcomes a variety of merchants to the festival offering everything from baked goods to beer/wine merchandise. Throughout your day of wine tasting, check out a wide array of novelty tee shirts, unique hot sauces and marinades, flavorful cigars, re-purposed wine bottle crafts and more! Please check closer to the 2018 event date for a full list on visiting merchants!
Interested in becoming a merchant at FlavorFest? Learn more on the Merchant Inquiry Page!
Shire's Bookstore and Historical Library
Find Your Way Out of This Life-Sized Maze
Fine Art & Up-Cycled Art From Wine and Beverage Bottles
Angus Burgers, Kabobs, Veggie Wraps and More!
Painting and Wine Events
Button Jewelry and Gifts
Chefs Aprons for Adults and Kits in All Colors, Sizes, and Varieties
Crystal Sculptures of Different Shapes and Sizes
Everything for Home and Garden and a Whole Lot More
Affordable and Functional Glass Art
Rings, Necklaces, and Bracelets All for the Weary Traveler
Handcrafted Leather Goods of all Shapes and Sizes
Original Handcrafted Polymer Clay Creations
Get Artistic Creations on Thy Face and be the Talk of the Shire!
Handcrafted and Embroidered Items
Offering Nearly 300 Different Products for your Menu
Specialty Teas and Tea Related Gifts
Specializing in Wine Accessories and More
Exclusive Hand Poured Candles and Onsite Candle Carver
Celtic and Magical Delights
Clippable Keychains and Mini Purses
Information Booth with PRF Related Gifts and Sundries
Demonstrating Blacksmith and Handcrafted Iron Products
Handcrafted Art in Wood. Bowls, Plates, Cups and More
Handcrafted Cigars and Accessories From here and Abroad
Authentic Homemade Spanish and Puerto Rican Cuisine
Demonstrating Blacksmith Producing Swords and Other Weapons
Handmade Body Care Products
Hair Clips and Jewelry
Embroidered Wine Bottle Aprons
Dip Mixes, Wine Slushie Mixes and More
Make an Ordinary Bottle of Wine Extraordinary!
Clothing for the 16th Century Lord or Lady
Unique Jewelry Creations
Frozen Coffee, Grilled Cheese, Milkshakes, Slushies and More
Etched Glassware - "No One Should Drink Out of a Plain Glass!"
Handcrafted Walking Sticks, Magical and Mystical Wares
Authentic Western Style Meat Products
Freshly Roasted Nuts, Strudel, and Crepes
Hot Sauces, Hot Pepper Jams, Spice Rubs, Dried Powders, and Hot Pepper Seeds
Window/Patio Door Replacement
Silver Adornments of all Shapes and Sizes
PRF Related Gifts
Quality Fresh Product Cooked on Site at a Reasonable Price
Only the Best Ingredients; With Loads of Lump and Jumbo Crab Meat
Live Spray Paint Paintings
The Creamiest, Best Tasting Root Beer Ever Made!
Artistically Decorated Wooden Swords and Shields
Simple, Delicious and Fun Foods
Freshly Roasted and Flavored Nuts
Tasty Condiments, Fiery Hot Sauces, and Tasty Recipes
Two Sisters Who Specialize in Homemade Products
Handcrafted Charm Braclets
Healthy Mediterranean and American Food, Made with Locally Sourced, Homemade Ingredients
Custom Chain Mail and Metal Works
Versatile and Flavorful Sauces
Potpourri, Lip Balm, Herbs, Lotions and Incense
Organic Food Product Line
Mixed Media Art with Stained Glass and Carved Wood
You Buy It, You Break It!
If you have any other questions that have not been answered below, please contact our business offices at 717-665-7021, Monday through Friday, 9AM-4PM or visit our formal comment, question and feedback page to submit an inquiry.
2018 FlavorFest at Mount Hope Volunteer Hours:
Saturday and/or Sunday: 10AM-5:30PM
Volunteers will be placed into the following categories: Maintenance/Parking, Food & Beverage, Front Gate, Hospitality/Production, and Feis. All volunteers receive two complimentary 2018 PA Renaissance Faire tickets, and one free food voucher to any PRF owned stand.
All volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and will be asked to stay until all job duties have been completed. Volunteers will not be permitted to drink alcoholic beverages before or during the session. Limited number of volunteers accepted.
Physical requirements of volunteering include considerable standing and walking for up to 6 hours, lifting and carrying up to 15lbs, and navigating uneven terrain (hills, gravel, grass) Please be sure you can safely satisfy these requirements before volunteering.