Sip Your Way Through the Yadkin Valley at Festival on May 20

Sip Your Way Through the Yadkin Valley at Festival on May 20

Taste some of the finest vintages from North Carolina wine country at the 16th annual Yadkin Valley Wine Festival on Saturday, May 20, at Elkin Municipal Park in Elkin.

 
The festival features 26 wineries that are located in the Yadkin Valley or use grapes grown in the Yadkin Valley. The event showcases the region’s emergence as a wine destination. The Yadkin Valley American Viticultural Area — the first federally recognized wine-growing region in North Carolina — is now home to nearly 40 wineries.
 
“The original purpose of the wine festival was to make more people aware of the viticulture and different wines this area is capable of producing,” says Myra Cook, president of the Yadkin Valley Chamber. “As it has grown, the festival has become a big boost for tourism in the area, drawing in visitors from all over.”
 
As many as 10,000 people are expected to attend.
 
The festival also includes food, music and crafts. Local band Blue Sky will take the entertainment stage at noon. Afterward Phatt City makes a return appearance with its blend of beach music and R&B. Between music sets, kids can participate in a grape stomp.
 
For a full wine weekend, the festivities begin with the Yadkin Valley Wine Auction & Gala on Friday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m. The black-tie-optional affair includes dinner, live entertainment, and live and silent auctions, as well as a chance to win $2,500. The event takes place at The Liberty’s Coley Hall in downtown Elkin. Tickets are $50, and proceeds benefit the Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital Foundation.
 
“The weekend shows how viticulture touches all of us in the community,” Cook says. “We are proud of the area and what we produce, and want to share that with others.”
 
Yadkin Valley Wine Festival tickets are $22 in advance and $30 at the gate. Active duty and retired military can purchase day-of tickets for $20. VIP tickets are available for $102. The VIP package includes preferential parking, a festival T-shirt and access to the hospitality tent. Shuttle service is available to and from participating hotels for $5 per person.
 
The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For complete details and to purchase tickets, visit www.YVWF.comor call (336) 526-1111.

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