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Officials Okay Wine Tasting at Farmington Farmers Market

City manager Vince Pastue said the tastings will be monitored and subject to state-imposed restrictions.

Farmington officials have approved wine tastings at the Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market. Photo credit: Patch file photo
Farmington officials have approved wine tastings at the Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market. Photo credit: Patch file photo
When the Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market opens in the Walter E. Sundquist Farmington Pavilion this spring, visitors may have the opportunity to sample wine as part of their shopping experience. 

Farmington city council members on Tuesday approved wine tasting at the market, subject to rules set up by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission. Among other restrictions, that means limits on the amount of wine poured and the amount people can taste, city manager Vince Pastue said.

"This is a great opportunity to add a new and complementary type of vendor," he told officials. 

Tastings may not take place every week, and Pastue said the events will be monitored. He noted similar tastings at the fall Harvest Moon celebrations have been successful.  

"We think we can control this so it doesn't cause any problems at the market," Pastue said. 

Market master Walt Gajewski will work with Public Safety Director Bob Schulz to screen wineries and authorize permits, he said. 

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