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The seventh annual Taste of Pennsylvania Wine and Music Festival will be held Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17, at the York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Ave., West Manchester Township. (submitted)

Tickets are on sale now for the seventh annual Taste of Pennsylvania Wine and Music Festival May 17 and 18 at the York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Ave., West Manchester Township.

Festival: The event will include samplings of more than 200 wines from across the state, an "unreasonably large beer garden" to taste your way through the history of Pennsylvania beer from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 17, live music and food throughout the weekend, according to event coordinator Matthew Davis.

Davis confirmed in and email that local musical act Shane Speal's Snake Oil Band will be headling The Beer Garden: Rubber Chickens, Confetti Cannons, and all.

Davis said the beer garden is planned to have around 60 beers: Some will be timed releases and some will be local creations that are completely new.

"For instance we are working with Liquid Hero to make their first foray into Firkins," he said.

General admission to the festival is free - passes may be purchased for wine and beer sampling. A designated driver pass is also available for $10, which includes free water or homemade soda all day and a limited edition T-shirt.

Mad Dash Concessions will be joining the event at the fairgrounds this year, Davis said. The vendor specializes in artisan grilled cheese, frozen cappuccinos and real milkshakes, according to its Facebook page.

Limited: Tickets for the beer garden are limited and once sold out will not be available at the gate.

The festival will offer a group rate that includes $1 off each ticket for every 10 tickets purchased, up to 50 tickets.

If you go

Tickets: A single-day wine pass is $18 in advance or $23 at the gate, and includes a souvenir wine glass and limitless wine sampling from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday or Sunday; a VIP pass is $23 in advance or $30 at the gate and includes admission to the festival one hour early, at noon; the unreasonably large beer garden is $20 in advance or $30 at the gate and includes a souvenir pint glass and nearly unlimited samples of hand-selected brews from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday; 10 VIP passes will be offered for the beer garden and will allow access to the tent before it opens, giving pass-holders behind the scenes access to the event.

Information: www.yorkwinefest.com.