Yadkin Valley Grape Fest this weekend

Glasses awaiting wine at the 2019 Yadkin Valley Grape Festival.

Wineries from Yadkin and Surry counties and beyond will be represented this weekend at the annual Yadkin Valley Grape Festival in downtown Yadkinville. The event is scheduled for 11 a.m .to 5 p.m. in the parking lot at the corner of Elm and Jackson streets.

Jaime Johnston, of the Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce which hosts the event, said there are around 16 area wineries expected to be at the festival this year including, Sanders Ridge, Weathervane, Hanover Park, Grassy Creek, Shadow Springs, Windsor Run, Haze Gray, Surry Cellars, Native Vines, Stony Knoll, Hidden Vineyards, Carolina Heritage, Slightly Askew, Sweet Home Carolina, Brandon Hills and Star Dust Cellars.

The festival will feature food and craft vendors as well as live music from 60 Watt Combo from Noon to 2p.m. and Big Daddy Mogo from 3 to 5 p.m.

This year’s festival is sponsored by First National Bank, Jonesville Tourism Development Authority, Skyline National Banks, Yadkin County Tourism Development Authority and the Yadkinville Tourism Development Authority.

Yadkinville’s Grape Festival is one of the smaller wine festivals and that’s just fine with organizers and attendees.

”We don’t want to be the biggest, just the best,” said Bobby Todd of the Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce at the 2019 festival.

The sweet sixteen for the festival, held in 2019, was certainly a success with many guests returning to enjoy the day in Yadkinville.

“Every year we see the same faces. They really enjoy coming here,” said Jim Drum, speaking on behalf of Yadkinville Mayor Eddie Norman. “They come for the entertainment and the wine.”

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