Now in its 6th year, the Chesapeake Bay Balloon Festival is scheduled to fly August 5-7, 2022 in Cordova, MD at Triple Creek Vineyard.
There’s nothing more serene than watching hot air balloons take off through a morning mist and float past farms, fields and unsuspecting fishermen. The Chesapeake Bay Balloon Festival offers a family-friendly experience all weekend long. Photo opportunities like the balloon glow after dark will make your Instagram followers jealous. Check flying in a hot air balloon off your bucket list with a captive ride 50 feet in the air and tethered to the ground.
There will be live music from 80s favorite Saved by Zero and singer-songwriter Caleb Stine, who just released a new album, “Life and Times of a Handyman.” The Art Village offers shopping for those who appreciate unique gifts from over 40 artists and artisans. Valencia Glass operates a full on-site glassblowing studio. A fireworks display is planned for Sunday evening.
Triple Creek wine is for sale; styles ranging from sweet Blackberry Pickin’ to dry red Chambourcin and white Clovelly Chardonnay. Local craft beer is on tap. Ten Eyck Brewing of Queenstown, MD, is teaming up with Triple Creek to offer Stealing Fire Italian Pilsner in a commemorative Balloon Festival can.
The food was carefully prepared. Festival-goers will find specialty bacon (dipped in chocolate, applewood smoked, wrapped around jalapenos, and you get the point), homemade ice cream, fresh hand-squeezed smoothies, shrimp ceviche, brisket and pulled pork with cabbage and mac and cheese, carne asada tacos, gyros and more.
For the kids, there’s face painting, kid’s crafts, bouncy houses, games, and plenty of room to run around, throw a frisbee, or find a corn-hole game.
Glamping tents are also available. This canvas tent features a queen-size bed, linens, furniture, and a view of the vineyard. Bring your own RV or tent to pitch in the hayfield-turned-campground of this family farm. Walk to the festival site. Make new friends around a nighttime campfire with s’more fixins included. Cool off on a slip ‘n slide and splash pad for campers only.
Alex Spies is a 5th generation family farmer and owner of Triple Creek Vineyard. He grows grapes, various row crops and livestock. While farming full time, he produced the Chesapeake Bay Balloon Festival, Triple Creek All-American Pro Rodeo, and Ocean City Classic PBR Championship Bull Riding, which generated funds for local volunteer fire companies, cancer research and cancer patients, and Special Olympics.
He explains what makes this festival so unique. “Coming in 2023, the events will support a new nonprofit organization, American Farm Foundation, led by family farmers in Maryland. The mission is to educate the public about agriculture, support agricultural entrepreneurs who want to start new agriculture-related businesses, and create meaningful experiences with our farms. I know firsthand the challenges of supporting multiple generations of farmers on the same farm. We’ve adapted by building greenhouses, planting grapes, opening a wine tasting room, and learning how to host events that provide a great customer experience to raise awareness of our farm and winery. Now is the time for me to share what I have learned about agritourism to help other farmers.
Alex’s business partner, Scott Powers, continues, “We strive to provide a fun experience with farming, in a relaxed farm setting, and then incorporate a bit of agricultural education on food sourcing from farmers. local and even create a market for added value. farm produce such as honey, cheese and wine. The revenue generated by events like the hot air balloon festival can go a long way towards finding new solutions to these problems. »
The festival is supported by sponsors Fred Frederick Dodge-Jeep-Ram, RE/MAX Realty and GROWMARK. With 13,000 to 15,000 participants per year, there is plenty of room for more sponsors. Read more about sponsor packages on the festival website or email [email protected] to request a call to design a personalized sponsorship to best meet your business needs.
Admission for all three days is just $30 for adults and $5 for children.
For more information on Triple Creek Events and the Chesapeake Bay Balloon Festival, visit www.triplecreekevents.com or www.chesapeakebayballoonfestival.com/about
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