Excellent Wines, Superb Food, Gorgeous High Country Springtime:
Let’s Have a Festival in Blowing Rock!
BLOWING ROCK N.C. (February 2010) – The Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival, coming April 15 – 18, combines the best in regional and international wines with the finest in local culinary talent, wrapped in the scenic beauty and crisp weather that makes Blowing Rock a special spring destination.
Now in its fifth year, the Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival offers events and activities for day-trippers and overnight visitors alike, with many great restaurants and nearby attractions adding to the festival’s appeal. If you’re a brewmaster, you might be in luck, for there also will be oak barrels for sale. Downtown Blowing Rock will again be the site of Saturday’s Grand Wine Tasting, and for the first time, it will also host a late Friday afternoon Meet & Greet event at which visitors can mingle with the festival’s out-of-town judges, culinary experts and VIPs.
The Thursday through Sunday celebration of the winemaking and culinary arts includes wine tastings, vintners’ dinners, cooking classes and webinars from localwinos.com, a downtown gallery stroll with merchant specials, late night music and entertainment and the exciting “Fire on the Rock” Chef’s Challenge (fireontherock.com).
Continuously updated details of festival events and activities, along with participating restaurants, galleries and accommodations can be found at blueridgewinefestival.com. All events are open to the public although some require fees; tickets can be purchased on line. Some Blowing Rock accommodations may be offering Wine & Food Festival packages; check the web site and book early.
Highlights of the Wine & Food Festival include:
Thursday, April 15: Uncork The Festival celebration at Chetola Resort
Friday, April 16: Downtown activities and shopping; wine seminars featuring various wineries and topics; cooking classes; winemaker dinners; Meet & Greet in downtown Blowing Rock; gallery stroll downtown; late night music and entertainment around town
Saturday, April 17: Downtown activities and shopping; Grand Wine Tasting downtown; Fire on the Rock Chef’s Challenge at Hayes Center; late night music and entertainment around town
Sunday, April 18: Fire on the Rock Finals at Hayes Center; champagne brunches
The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival. Event tickets are available on line. For updated information on events, activities and accommodation packages, visit blueridgewinefestival.com or contact the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at 877.295.7965