For N.C. wine lovers, spring means festival time. If you haven't had the opportunity to visit one (or several) of our state's wineries, a pretty spring Saturday visit to a wine festival is a great time to see what the buzz is about.
A good way to gather information about festivals and wineries, and to get driving directions, is to visit www.visitNCwine.com. It's easy to reach many of these events from Charlotte. You can make a day of it or stay overnight.
Here's a sampler of some of the upcoming events:
The Yadkin Valley Wine Festival, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 15 in the Municipal Park in Elkin. .This is a fun festival for the family, with activities for children. There are food, music and arts and crafts in addition to wine. This charming event has a small-town fell, combined with a lot of Southern hospitality. Advance tickets are $16 at www.yvwf.com.
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Salute! NC Wine Celebration, May 22 in downtown Winston-Salem. Terrific music, and lots of wineries make it a very enjoyable street festival. Advance tickets at $20 at www.salutencwine.com.
N.C. Wine Festival, May 29 at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons. This is such a fun event. In its 10th year, it always has great participation by the wineries. Everything you want in a fun event is here, including music, wine and entertainment. Advance tickets are $20 at www.ncwinefestival.com.
The Lake Norman Wine & Food Festival, June 5-6 at Kenton Place in Cornelius. This event is new, but it looks like it will be interesting, with wine education, cooking demonstrations and wine tastings. Go to www.Lake NormanWineandFoodFestival.org for details and ticket information.
We've had a few festivals already this year. So be sure to make your calendars next year for the Blue Ridge Wine Festival in Blowing Rock, held in late April, and the Budbreak Festival in Mount Airy the first weekend in May.