BLOWING ROCK — The town of Blowing Rock has changed its annual festival in order to better serve its citizens as well as the visitors who travel for SAVOR Blowing Rock.
Previously called the Blue Ridge Wine and Food Festival and held in mid-April, the name of the festival was changed to SAVOR Blowing Rock for the 2016 festival. This year SAVOR Blowing Rock will take place May 3-6.
The dates were changed, “in an effort to move the sensory celebration into a month with warmer temperatures and include seasonal residents,” according to a press release sent out by festival producers the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce.
To participate in the festival, guests can register and find fees for any of the variety of events described at savorblowingrock.com.
Festival goers can fill their days with educational courses that teach about regions where wines are made, techniques of a Sommelier, and surprising pairings punctuated by tastes and treats from local vendors.
Starting at noon on May 3, SAVOR Blowing Rock will begin the festival with a seminar on Wine Enthusiast magazine’s 2015 “Wine Region of the Year” Lodi.
After Joy Dixon of Empire Distributing explains the reason Lodi received such an honor describing the variations of wine available in the region, activities will continue through the final event, Gospel, Grits and Gravy from 9 to 11 a.m. on Sunday.
Like Gospel, Grits and Gravy, several events that will take place during the festival highlight local music, cuisine, charities and interests.
One of these — Horses, Hats and Hooch — complements one of the oldest continuously running horse shows in the country, The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show.
Some activities are more active than others.
Chetola Resort’s Corkscrew and Brew 5K will be held for the fourth year with a scenic course containing four beer or wine stops.
For more information or to register, go to chetola.com/corkscrew-5k.
Those who prefer bicycles may prefer the Globe Gravel Challenge. The inaugural 47- or 30-mile course also will travel the picturesque landscape.
Proceeds from the Global Gravel Challenge will go toward continuing the enjoyment of the outdoors through Middle Fork Greenway.
For a complete list of activities and registration information, go to savorblowingrock.com or call the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at 828-295-7851.
Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TBeanieTaylor.