Disclosure: Prayers From Maria offered me an opportunity to attend to their Sunflower Soirée and Sunflower Wine & Craft Beer Festival events. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
As you might have read earlier this week, Hans and I attended the Sunflower Soirée benefiting the locally founded non-profit, Prayers From Maria Children’s Glioma Cancer Foundation. As we drove home that evening, I reflected on the wonderful time we had, but was giddy for what was to come the next day, the Sunflower Wine & Craft Beer Festival. Last year, we had the opportunity to attend this event on Old Detroit Road in Rocky River, so we knew we were in for another night full of fun on the West side.
While the event started at 4pm, Hans and I had some adult-ing (read: lawn care, laundry and open house prepping) that kept us from arriving until 7pm. We had catching up to do from our late arrival, so we dove into the offerings at the wine and beer gardens.
With an estimated 7000 plus guest anticipated, the energy was high and the streets were bustling with what felt like the entire population of Rocky River!
Photo provided by Kent Klodnick
We tasted a few wines before heading over to the VIP area near the main stage. The lounge was decked out with a full bar, eats from Giant Eagle (one of the event’s sponsors) and some comfy couches and bright colors from L’Nique Linens (where I work, FYI). We settled in as our friends grabbed some food from the Touch Supper Club food truck, one of many that attended the event to offer food selections to the patrons. Touch’s fries were a big winner with our group!
After hours of good eats, plenty of drinks and fantastic company, 9pm was upon us and it was time to rock out to Billy Morris and the Sunset Strip, an 80′s tribute band. Hans and I found ourselves right up front near the stage to dance and sing the night away with 7000 of our closest friends. What a blast — we could have stayed all night!
Photo by Kent Klodnick
LONG STORY SHORT: If you’re looking for a fun night out on Cleveland’s West side next July, get Prayers From Maria’s Sunflower Wine & Craft Beer Festival on your calendar and buy your tickets in advance. It’s becoming one of my favorite summer events, and for great reason. Not only do you get a fun night out, you support another important Cleveland non-profit doing great work in our community.
Learn more about Prayers From Maria Children’s Glioma Cancer Foundation and their programs at their website, prayersfrommaria.org. Follow them at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And save the date for their August 30th Fox 8 Fox Trot 5K & 1 Miler — learn more/register here.