First Uncork Illinois Exceeds Attendance Expectations
The first Uncork Illinois wine festival in downtown Oak Park on June 2nd was an unqualified success according to Downtown Oak Park executive director Pat Zubak. “The turnout for the festival exceeded our expectations,” Zubak said. While attendance figures have not been compiled, sales of commemorative wine glasses that were included with each admission exceeded 2,000. “The merchants and restaurants in downtown Oak Park enjoyed the event as much as the wine tasters,” Zubak said. “The wine customer is definitely one to be courted,” she said.
Uncork Illinois was held with the support and involvement of the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association and at least 10 Illinois wineries participated. Zubak said that Oak Park is very interested in holding Uncork Illinois next year and perhaps adding other Midwestern wines.