Sip local wine, craft brews at Budbreak Festival

Staff Report

MOUNT AIRY — The seventh annual Budbreak Wine and Craft Beer Festival welcomes a new growing season with wine, craft beer, food and live music in downtown Mount Airy on April 30.

Budbreak is the time of year when the grapevines wake from their winter slumber and produce new buds. Mount Airy, located in the heart of the Yadkin Valley, celebrates the birth of a new vintage by inviting people to come downtown, sample wines from 17 vineyards and four craft breweries, and interact with vintners, winemakers and brewers.

Local restaurant 13 Bones will serve a variety of barbecue offerings. Folk-rock band Time Sawyer will play the first set, and Phatt City will follow with a full horn section that specializes in R&B and beach music.

“The Budbreak Festival showcases the interaction between food, wine and music,” said Bob Meinecke, festival director. “And people who come out appreciate that experience.”

Happenings at downtown venues complement the festival. The historic Earle Theatre and Blackmon Amphitheatre play host to music events Thursday through Saturday. Friday night marks the opening of Banjo Crawl, a public art project. Local artists paint and decorate larger-than-life, three-dimensional, fiberglass banjos that are placed throughout downtown for six months. The banjos will be auctioned off in the fall.

This year’s participating wineries are Chatham Hill, Chestnut Trail, Childress, Elkin Creek, Fiddler’s, Ginger Creek, Herrera, Lake James Cellars, Native Vines, Old North State, Round Peak, Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, Slightly Askew, Southern Charm, Surry Cellars, Thistle Meadow and Waldensian Heritage. Craft breweries include Foothills, Gibb’s Hundred, Lake Norman and Skull Camp.

Budbreak Festival hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Non-tasting tickets are $5. Packages are available that include admission for two, local accommodations, transportation to and from the event, and a bottle of wine.

To learn more about the festival and purchase tickets, visit

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