MEDINA – Hoping to build on the success of its annual Ale in Autumn and Wine About Winter taste-fests, the Medina Business Association is hosting the inaugural Sweets in Summer on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

“We’ve been talking for a couple years now that we need a summer event,” said Cindy Robinson, president of the MBA. “We have winter, we have fall, but we also wanted something family friendly, not just an adults event with alcohol.”

The event is similar in style to the business group’s other palate parades. However, rather than a commemorative Pilsner glass or wine goblet, this weekend’s participants will receive a mood spoon.

“It changes colors in different temperatures,” Robinson said. “A blue one may turn green in the cold, a pink one may turn purple.

“We went with the spoons because there will be kids participating and we didn’t want to hand out something breakable,” Robinson added. “Also, you’ll need the spoon if you go to a place with ice cream.”

Tickets for the downtown walk are $10. Each ticket is good for 24 tastings, and after each tasting the ticket is punched. Therefore, not every person may necessarily need a ticket. Among desserts available to sample are ice cream, candy, cookies, smoothies and fruit.

Most of the food is locally available. The ice cream will be from two Medina locations, including an old-fashioned ice cream parlor that is nearing completion. Other highlights will be candy from Della’s Chocolates and cookies from Case-Nic Cookies, both downtown staples.

Approximately 20 businesses are participating, though Robinson said she hopes for more in the coming years. She said that Wine About Winter started with only 18 participants, “but now we average almost 30.”

Until recently, ticket sales had been slow, but they have picked up in the past week, and Robinson said she expects a surge in the days leading up to the event.

During the event, there will be children’s games in Medina’s Rotary Park downtown. The games are sponsored by the Medina FFA. Concerts in the Canal, an event sponsored by the Medina Tourism Committee, starts at 4 p.m. in the Canal Basin. Also, Medina’s Sandstone Society is sponsoring history walks that follow the village’s newly installed historical markers.

For more information, call (585) 798-4410 or visit