MOUNT AIRY — A selection of North Carolina’s premier wineries and breweries will line Mount Airy’s Main Street on Saturday for the eighth annual Budbreak Wine and Craft Beer Festival. The event celebrates a new growing season in the Yadkin Valley with wine, beer, food and live music.
The popular boutique festival showcases 17 wineries and four breweries all from North Carolina. Vendors pour samples and sell their products while interacting with customers.
Local restaurant 13 Bones will serve barbecue, complementing the offerings at local restaurants along Main Street. The folk-rock band Time Sawyer opens on the music stage, and 10-member band Phatt City follows with R&B and beach music.
“We’re in the heart of the largest wine-growing area in the state; we have a strong musical heritage, and the mountains are our backdrop for it all,” said Bob Meinecke, festival director. “The festival incorporates all of those key factors for our area.”
Several downtown events lead up to Saturday’s activities. Blackmon Amphitheatre hosts live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday. On Friday, the fourth-annual public art crawl kicks off. Larger-than-life fiberglass guitars decorated by local artists will be placed throughout downtown and auctioned off in the fall. The project reveal begins with a cocktail hour at Uncorked, followed by bluegrass music at the Historic Earle Theatre.
Participating wineries are Chestnut Trail, Childress, Elkin Creek, Fiddler’s, Ginger Creek, Herrera, JOLO, Lake James Cellars, Native Vines, Old North State, Round Peak, Slightly Askew, Southern Charm, Surry Cellars, Thistle Meadow, Waldensian Heritage and Westbend. Breweries include Angry Troll, Foothills, Skull Camp and Westbend.
Mount Airy Rotary sponsors the festival, and all proceeds go to charity.
Budbreak Festival hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Non-tasting tickets are $5. Packages are available that include admission for two, lodging, transportation to and from the event, and a bottle of wine. To learn more about the festival and purchase tickets, visit www.BudbreakFestival.com.