North Carolina wine festivals planned

The Yadkin Valley Wine Festival and Blowing Rock’s gathering aren’t North Carolina’s only celebration of wine. Travelers can visit wine festivals across the state throughout the spring.

Cary will host the Great Grapes! Wine and Food Festival on May 5 from 11 a.m. to 6 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

On May 5 from noon to 6 p.m., downtown Mount Airy will hold the Budbreak Festival.. 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 The Mulligans 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 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 12 from 1 to 9 p.m. at The Mann 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. Music for the day includes The Embers, The Original Tams and Chairmen of the Board. Visit 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 26. 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 and Sons of Paradise. North Carolina wines, breweries and distilleries 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

On June 2, downtown Winston-Salem will host the 13th annual Salute! The North Carolina Wine Celebration has been renamed Spirits of Summer Festival. This rain-or-shine event will take place on Fourth Street where wineries, beers, food and music will be featured. Go to for more information.

The third annual Turkey Tail Wine Festival will take place on May 12 from noon to 5 p.m. at at The Inn at Glen Alpine in Morganton. Visiters are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets to listen to music and enjoy wines and food and craft vendors. Go to

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