By Kitsey E. Burns
May 16, 2014
The annual Yadkin Valley Wine Festival will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The event will showcase 29 area wineries, plenty of food and attractions for the wine enthusiast and newcomers. The event will be held in the Elkin Municipal Park in Elkin. Parking will cost $5, with all parking proceeds going to the Elkin Rescue Squad.
Tickets sell for $20 in advance until Friday and $25 at the gate. Military members can purchase tickets for $20 at the gate with a valid military identification card. Tickets can be purchased online at yvwf.org, or a form can be printed off the website and mailed in to receive tickets via the mail. They also can be purchased at Lowes Foods and Just Save in North Carolina through Friday, and at the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce in downtown Elkin.
When visitors enter the festival, they will be given an information card to fill out as part of the event’s five random drawings. Each visitor can fill out the cards with his or her name, address, and cell phone number to enter the drawings for five cases of wine to be given away, one case for each winning ticket. Each case will contain a mixture of wines from the festival’s wineries.
Two bands will perform during the day on the main stage. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Blues DeVille will perform, and Carolina Soul Band will take the stage from 3 to 5 p.m. A grape stomp also will take place during the day.
Food will be as easily found as wine from vendors 13 Bones, 3 Little Birds, Michelle’s Caribbean Cuisine, Sherri’s Crab Cakes, Steak Boys and The Smoking Box. Everything from bacon pops to jerk chicken and ice cream, hot dogs, hamburgers and grilled shrimp will be available for purchase. Several vendors also will offer more traditional wine tasting foods such as hummus, quiche, olives and some unique selections like sweet strawberry wine BBQ chicken and curry goat.
Wine-related crafts include creations by Elite Wood Working with furniture made out of wine barrels and wine trees, jewelry and home accents from Black Widow Designs. Other craft vendors on site will be J/Board handcrafted wooden cutting boards and trays, Pardue Pottery, Soyworx candles, Walkabout Hats and Quarter Hole, a pocket-sized version of the popular corn hole game.
Three shuttles will run during the day from Best Western, Comfort Inn and Hampton Inn in Jonesville and Fairfield, Elk Inn and Homecoming Bed and Breakfast in Elkin. The cost to ride is $5 per person for an all-day pass. Shuttles will run from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Buses will come to each stop every 30 to 40 minutes and allow guests to safely travel from their hotels directly to the park without worrying about the hassle of parking or drinking and driving.
A growing event
Misty Matthews of the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce said the event had grown every year, both in the number of visitors and in wineries attending. She said the area had limited space and was expected to max out on available acreage soon. She noted that the major benefit to those visiting was getting a taste of all the Yadkin Valley has to offer without having to travel a great distance or paying numerous tasting fees.
This year’s Tour de Vino bicycle ride will benefit the Elkin Valley Trails Association. The Tour de Vino will feature four different routes ranging from 30 to 100 miles. The ride will end at the wine festival and those who participate in the ride receive a free tasting ticket to the wine festival.