Sunflower Wine Festival Returns to Rocky River

Ed McNamara welcomes guests to the popular Sunflower Wine Festival. Some 4,000 – 5,000 guests attended.

The Sunflower Wine Festival – one of Cleveland’s premier summer attractions – returned to Rocky River on July 10th. This popular event, benefiting Prayers from Maria Children’s Cancer Foundation, attracts thousands for a day of boutique wines, craft beer, gourmet food and live music, all to raise awareness and research funds for highly deadly children’s brain tumors.

The Sunflower Wine Festival again called Depot Street in Rocky River home. Guests enjoyed tastings from nationally renowned wineries and craft breweries as they dined on gourmet food from Old River restaurants and local food trucks, and enjoyed live music from Ed Purcell, Filler and others. The street festival, including bands, food vendors, and street bars, ran from 4 – 11:30 pm.

“The Sunflower Wine Festival has grown exponentially since 2010 – a fact which underscores what a unique and important event this is,” said Ed McNamara, foundation co-founder. “We consider it a true partnership between the community and Prayers from Maria and are grateful to everyone who supports our efforts to bring better treatments to children battling this deadly disease.”

Prayers from Maria Children’s Cancer Foundation is dedicated to funding global research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for the deadliest childhood brain tumors; raising public awareness; and bringing hope to children and families who deal with the disease’s hardships. Its annual Sunflower Wine Festival builds awareness about childhood brain tumors and funds promising research with results. Prayers From Maria efforts have resulted in over $8 million going to the fight against childhood brain cancer. For more information about Prayers from Maria and its impact on childhood brain cancer research, visit

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