Upcoming events along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail

Cobden Spayghetti and a Show

September 9th
Old Feed Store | Cobden

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Spayghetti dinner with a live music show by Banjo Joe and Danielle at the Old Feed Store on Friday, September 9 from 6-9pm. Please make plans to attend!

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Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Events

Wine and Food Pairing Weekends!

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11 wineries of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail have paired up to create three wonderful, themed, wine and food pairing events.  We invite you to join us for a progressive tasting along the trail and enhance your appreciation and enjoyment of our wines paired with delicious samples. 

Autumn Inspirations
November 5th, 2022

Holiday Open House
November 25th and 26th, 2022

Winter Passport Program
January 2nd - February 28th

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Vulture Fest 2022

Tentatively Scheduled October 15th and 16th

Makanda boardwalk Vulture Fest

Vulture Fest 2022 is pending to make sure it is a safe and healthy environment fore everyone. Covid is the main factor. Let's hope this happens!

Each fall, vultures soar and glide over Makanda and the surrounding areas and signal the beginning of fall and the arrival of the incredible fall colors of Makanda and southern Illinois. Vulture Fest features live music, food, shopping, and art by local artists for purchase.


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Flyway Fungi Festival

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October 14 - 16 | 2022

A weekend celebration of fungus in the Shawnee National Forest at gorgeous Camp Manitowa at Cedar Point. Learn everything about wild, foraged, and even about Flyway Farm's fresh mushrooms through a variety of educational workshops.

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Frog Moon Paddle

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Green Corn Moon Paddle | August 11 at 7 pm

Moon paddle tours by Cache Bayou Outfitter. For August, it is the Green Corn Moon Paddle.

Join the tour as they paddle through the ancient wetlands of the Cache River at night and hear the call of this ancient wild place. They will be paddling under the first full moon of the summer sometimes referred to as the Thunder Moon. The guides will share their knowledge of beavers, bats and owls of the Cache River.

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Blue Sky Nights | Flights and Bites

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Blue Sky Flights and Bites | August 26th | 7:00 - 9:30

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Friday, August 12, 2022 – Social 6:30pm | Meal Begins at 7:00pm

Join Blue Sky Vineyard for a night of wine, music, murder and more. Dress in your favorite 1920’s, Speakeasy inspired outfit.

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Camp Manitowa at Cedar Point
1499 Camp Cedar Point LN. Makanda, IL 62958

Rain or Shine!

This is the festival we've been waiting for this year. Ed and I missed it last October and there is no way we are missing out on all the fun this time.

Flyway Fungi Festival

October 14 - 16, 2022

Music, vendors, hikes, and of course, mushroom hunting with skilled leaders.

Have fun learning more about the fungus among us in Shawnee National Forest, and in your own back yard.


  • Guided foraging hikes
  • Mushroom identification
  • Mushroom photography
  • Mycomedicinals
  • Mushroom cooking demos followed by dinner & trivia
  • Mini Farmer’s Market
  • Kids Craft workshops
  • Kids Parade of Wild Things
  • Mushroom farm tour
  • Cultivation workshops
  • Live music on Saturday by members of Porch Fire, Lone Howl, and more! 

Cache Bayou Outfitters Moon Paddles

Join the staff of Cache Bayou Outfitters as they paddle the swamp under light of the rising moon!

  • Thunder Moon Paddle | July 13 at 7:30 pm
  • Green Corn Moon Paddle | August 11 at 7 pm
  • Harvest Moon Paddle | September 16 at 5 pm
  • Hunters Moon Paddle | October 9 at 5:30 pm

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Blue Sky Nights

How It Works:  Simply select your flight at time of purchase and enjoy our awarded wines perfectly paired with complimenting bites upon your arrival.  Take home tasting notes and recipe cards to impress the guests at your next gathering and leave with much more confidence in your wine and food pairing skills.

Dry Flight: 

BEST IN SHOW Chambourcin, TOP WHITE Vignoles, Gold Medal & 90 Point Rated Chambourcin Rosé & Gold Medal Papa’s Rosa paired with:  Salami & Smoked Gouda, Cowboy Caviar, Dried Apricots, Strawberries, Brownies

Sweet Flight:

Chambourcin Blush, Rocky Comfort White, Rocky Comfort Red & Hysterica paired with:  Salami, Ham Pinwheels, Dried Apricots, White Chocolate Covered Pretzels, Strawberries, Parmesan Crisps

Music By:  Chris Chamness (Acoustic Rock & Roll)

$15.00 per person

FREE for Wine Club Members – Email or Call the Winery tor Reserve Space:  618-995-9463

Reservations Required

Guests will also be able to order our charcuterie boards, and bread and olive oil presentations throughout the evening.

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