About 1,200 guest descended on Carroll Creek Park Saturday for the fourth annual Frederick Wine Festival, which featured 16 Maryland wineries, more than half of which are located in Frederick County.

All of the wines available for sampling are designated Maryland appellation wines, meaning the grapes used to produce the wine were grown within the state, according to Jen Martin, executive director of Celebrate Frederick.

The event, which featured food vendors and performances by three bands throughout the day, was a partnership between Celebrate Frederick and the Maryland Wineries Association, anon-profit trade association.

Unlike last year’s event, which was split between two sessions and let guests choose which to attend, this year’s event offered VIP guests access to the wineries for an additional two hours before the general public’s session, which ran from 1 to 5 p.m.

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