The Yadkin Valley Wine Festival isn’t North Carolina’s only celebration of wine. Travelers can visit wine festivals across the state throughout the spring.
The first to occur is Savor Blowing Rock on April 20-23. With as many seminars and cooking class as wine tastings and pairings, this festival is educational as well as entertaining. This festival in the heart of downtown Blowing Rock features the Sip, Shop and Stroll formerly known as the Downtown Wine Down on Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. and Karaoke at Town Tavern on Saturday from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. The Corkscrew 5K and several Cork and Canvas events also will take place. For more information on Savor Blowing Rock, go to www.savorblowingrock.com.
Cary will host the Great Grapes! Wine and Food Festival on April 22 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 8003 Regency Pkwy. Admission for most adults includes a souvenir tasting glass to use while strolling tents representing 22 wineries with hundreds of wines from North Carolina. Enjoy live music from the lawn while savoring festival food or shop for arts and crafts. Ticket prices vary and children are welcome. For more information, go to www.uncorkthefun.com/cary-north-carolina/site-info.
On May 6 from noon to 6 p.m., downtown Mount Airy will hold the Budbreak Festival. All attendees must provide positive proof of age before entering this contentious festival that has partnered with the local Hampton Inn to support a safe and fun event. In addition to North Carolina wineries and craft beer producers, festival goers will be able to enjoy 13 Bones and other downtown eateries while listening to Time Sawyer from 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Phatt City from 3 to 6 p.m. More details including information on the Downtown Business Associations “Sidewalk Sale” as available at budbreakfestival.com. Budbreak is presented by the Mount Airy Rotary Club, which benefits numerous charitable organizations.
The Sanford Arts and Vine Festival will take place on May 6-7 at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford. Pairing North Carolina wineries and breweries with local artists in fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, pottery and wood, this annual festival will feature A Taste of Sanford as well as other food vendors. Visit sandfordartsandvine.com for more information.
Memorial Day Weekend, Tanglewood Park in Clemmons will be the site of the 17th annual North Carolina Wine Festival slated for noon to 6 p.m. on May 27. This rain-or-shine event requires I.D. and encourages a lawn chair but not an umbrella so that everyone can enjoy music by the Chairmen of the Board, The Plaids and Back Porch Orchestra. More than 100 North Carolina wines will be available to delight in as attendees enjoy food and exhibitions. Through this event and other activities, the North Carolina Wine Festival helps support local charities, Cancer Services and the Winston-Salem Jaycees. Find out more at www.ncwinefestival.com.
On June 3, downtown Winston-Salem will host the 12th annual Salute! The North Carolina Wine Celebration. This rain-or-shine event will take place on Fourth Street where local wineries will sell wine by the glass, bottle, or case from noon to 6 p.m. featuring An Evening of Southern Food at Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts on Friday at 6:30 p.m. for an additional fee. North Carolina Food and Wine University will present short lectures throughout the day. Entertainment, food and participating wineries as well as other information including hotel packages can be found at www.salutencwine.com.
The 2nd Annual Turkey Tail Wine Festival will take place on May 13 from noon to 5:00 p.m. at at The Inn At Glen Alpine in Morganton. Visiters are welcom to bring lawn chairs and blankets to listen to music from Sorella Jack and Roadside Attraction as they enjoy local wines and food vendors. Go to www.facebook.com/turkeytailwinefestival/
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