The harvest of the Yadkin Valley will pour through Elkin over the weekend with two annual events taking place featuring wine.
Those with tickets can start the festivities on Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. at Coley Hall in The Liberty, 222 E. Main St., where the Hugh Chatham Memorial Foundation will hold its Wine Auction and Gala.
Proceeds from this black-tie optional event where tasty morsels provided by the popular catering division of the hospital food services department complemented by local wines will go toward the Foundation Scholarship program.
Because the scholarship program is intended to increase the medical education of local citizens enhancing the already award-winning staff at HCMH, it is hoped the items from the silent auction will raise a significant amount of funds.
For more information and to purchase tickets, contact the foundation office at 336-527-7094.
The fun continues on Saturday for local cyclists who help out the Elkin Valley Trails Association during the Yadkin Valley Tour de Vino, which begins at Elkin High School.
Several routes are available for those who wish to register between 7 and 7:45 a.m. with all proceeds benefiting the EVTA, the organization responsible for building and maintaining local trail systems.
For more information, go to www.yvtdv.com.
Other wine weekend participants will gather from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Elkin Municipal Park where the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce will host the 17th annual Yadkin Valley Wine Festival.
Featuring a variety of wines from throughout the region, the festival also offers craft, gift and food vendors as well as live music and other unique features.
“We’re in a park setting so that makes it different than a downtown street festival,” said Myra Cook, president of the chamber.
“You’ve got the creek along the side and you can cool off under the shade trees. You can bring your lawn chairs and sit in front of the stage and listen to the music and go visit the food trucks and food vendors and get something to eat and not be too far away from the wineries.”
The setting creates another unusual feature for a wine festival.
“This wine festival is a little different since we have it in the park,” said Cook, “so if you do want to bring your children, then there’s the playground where they can enjoy themselves.
“It’s a family-friendly event, and if you’ve ever been to the Yadkin Valley, you know how wonderful the folks are here,” said Cook, “just so welcoming and genuine and loving, so if you bring your kids, they will be welcomed and they’ll have fun, too.”
Although the playground is just outside of the roped festival area, the music can still be heard with top performers expected starting at noon.
“This year we are so excited to have The Embers featuring Craig Woolard and the Legacy Motown Revue,” said Cook. “I have dreamed of having The Embers here before for any festival, so I am so excited about that.”
Cook’s excitement about the festival itself is evident.
“We just think it’s the most amazing festival in the world of course, because not only does it showcase Yadkin Valley wines, it gives you a good taste of food for the area. We have some fun food trucks, and every year we have wonderful entertainment. You can be within hearing distance of the music anywhere you are within the wine festival.”
Another feature that visitors appreciate is the wine check.
“For people that are buying wine, if they don’t want to carry it with them all day, it’s taken back to our wine check tent that’s secure and as you’re going to your car, you pick up your wine and you are on your way,” said Cook.
Those who wish to purchase wine to take home can leave the bottles with the winery, attaching their name and cell phone number, which are then shuttled to the wine check tent.
The festival also earns money to help the local community.
“If you don’t want to drive, we have shuttles from all the Elkin and Jonesville hotels and motels. Five dollars a person and you jump on, you come to the festival, they give you a stamp or a band or a ticket, and then when you get ready to leave, you get back on the shuttle and it’ll take you back ,” said Cook, “or if you’re driving, $5 per car [to park]. Every penny of that goes to the Elkin Rescue Squad, so either way the money goes to a good cause.”
For information about purchasing tickets, call 336-526-1111.
Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TBeanieTaylor.