Tilted Earth Wine and Music Festival
The first annual Tilted Earth Wine and Music Festival being held June 21 at Riverfront Park in Cottonwood is a vibrant and entertaining celebration of many things. First and foremost, it is a celebration of the Northern Arizona wine industry showcasing 16 Northern Arizona wineries. Wine aficionados can enjoy specialty selections from these wineries, which will be together for the first time, and enjoy the music performed by seven bands. Delicious food by a variety of vendors and massages by Page Springs Massage and Yoga will be available for purchase. There will also be free activities for kids of all ages.
Tilted Earth is also a celebration for the tenth anniversary of Page Springs Cellars, which is hosting the event, in place of its extremely popular fall Harvest Festival.
“The Arizona wine industry is worthy of celebration all year long, but Tilted Earth is a special way to commemorate our craft, bring the community together for a little fun in the sun, and give back to a good cause while doing it,” said Eric Glomski, Page Springs Cellars’ founder and winemaker. “We’re incredibly grateful to be celebrating 10 fruitful years in this rapidly growing industry and we’re proud to call this roster of wineries our colleagues and friends.”
Part of the proceeds will benefit the Verde Valley Teen Center, helping to create and sustain youth programs that empower teens from throughout the Verde Valley to lead successful lives as individuals and community members.
Riverfront Park truly sets the stage for an enjoyable event. Its expansive open space and lush, green trees are perfect for a Saturday afternoon with loved ones or a quick escape from the Phoenix heat. Held during the summer solstice, the event’s name hints at the final reason to celebrate: The earth tilts at about 23.5 degrees from it’s axis and as a result, we experience the seasons and can, among other things, grow grapes.
Doors will be open from noon to midnight. Admission includes a reusable Govino wine glass, and wines can be purchased from any of the participating wineries. Admission for children 12 and under is free, and there are complimentary activities for kids (big and small) including sumo suit wrestling, inflatable jousts, jolly jumps and slides, face painting and more.
Among the musicians performing is acclaimed Canadian headliner Bruce Cockburn. Inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2001, Cockburn has released 31 albums during a career that has spanned more than five decades.
Food will be available for purchase at Gourmet Food Truck Alley and includes Burgers Amore, Chicago Drive-by Café, Queso Good, Sandra Dee Creole Mobile Kitchen, The Great
Pho King, and Saffron Jak.
1-1:45 p.m. Alisa Fineman and Kimball Hurd
2:15-3 p.m. 13 to the Gallows
3:30-4:15 p.m. Dry River Yacht Club
4:45-5:30 p.m. Decker
6-6:45 p.m. Black Carl
7:15-8:15 p.m. City Folk
9-10:30 p.m. Bruce Cockburn