JUNE 23 & 24, 2017
The much anticipated Tilted Earth Festival took place this past Saturday. For the past three years the festival was held at the Riverfront Park in Cottonwood. This year it took place at Page Spring Cellars, a small yet beautiful winery.
After having an amazing time at the festival last year I was filled with an abundance of anticipation for this weekend to finally arrive. My friend and I hit the road early Saturday morning to sample a few flights at the various tasting rooms on Main Street in Cottonwood before the festival. I was baffled that most of the other “winos” weren’t aware of the festival happening that night.
Saturday was an extremely hot day, even “up north,” with temperatures over 110 degrees. In general, Cottonwood temperatures are about 10 degrees cooler than Phoenix. When we arrived at the festival, taking into consideration the size of the vineyard, I was shocked to see how small the festival was. While there was a silent auction with some amazing items up for bid, there weren’t any vendors other than a small merchandise tent near the mainstage.
The setup of the festival left a little to be desired. The three wineries that were being represented were staged near the entrance of the festival with Pick & Holler entertaining the crowd. Logistically this was inconvenient if you wanted numerous refills of wine but didn’t want to miss any of the music happening on the main stage.
There was one area serving grilled burgers and sides that was a short walk away from the main stage. My friend had a burger and said it was tasty. We were actually looking forward to a variety of food trucks being at the festival. There was just no way this was possible in such a small space.
Unfortunately, due to the heat, I barely made it through Decker’s set before I had to head back to the hotel. I hope the rest of evening picked up as Shinyribs and The London Souls took the stage!
I look forward to seeing what is in store for next years festival! I give props to Eric Glomski for opening up Page Spring Cellars to so many people to share wine, music and good times.