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Belle Grove Plantation will host its 10th Wine Festival celebrating local businesses on Saturday, August 28, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at www.bellegrove.org, in the Belle Grove Museum Shop, and at the Winchester County Frederick Visitor Center.
Wine Fest a “(more!)Added to its name due to the expanded offering this year. There will be tastings of the region’s vineyards, cider houses and breweries, as well as a mead and a distillery. Participants include North Mountain Vineyard & Winery (Maurertown), Hunt’s Vineyard (Stuarts Draft), Third Hill Winery at DeMello Vineyards (Quicksburg), Narmada Winery (Amissville), Creek’s Edge Winery (Lovettsville), Winchester Ciderworks, Old Town Cidery (Winchester) ), Misty Mountain Meadworks (Winchester), Box Office Brewery (Strasburg), Front Royal Brewing Company (Vibrissa Beer), Woodstock Brewhouse and Copper Fox Distillery (Sperryville), maker of Belle Grove whiskey 1797 based on the grains and techniques used in Beautiful The 18th century Grove Distillery.
“After 18 months of canceled festivals, we are delighted to welcome everyone back to one of our favorite events of the year,” said Kristen Laise, Executive Director of Belle Grove.
Guests with tasting tickets will receive a souvenir drink and can sample all beverage vendors. Some will also sell their products by the glass, bottle, can or crate. There will be a tent where guests can “check in their bags” with their purchases, making it easier for them to get around to all festival activities.
There will be live music all day. Gingerfunk Allstars, who plays a wide range of “groove music” including funk, Motown, R&B, rock and reggae will be on stage from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. blues soul, rough rock and ballads inspired by great artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt and Susan Tedeschi will be played from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Guests can bring chairs and pop-up tents to enjoy music on the lawn.
In addition, there will be entertainment from Joe Jablonski, The Walking Mall Poet, the typed street poet of Old Town Winchester 12: 00-5: 00pm The Massanutten Antique Tractor and Gasoline Engine Club will have his tractors and a raffle on square. Master artist Clyde Jenkins will demonstrate how to make traditional split oak baskets.
The Belle Grove Wine Fest will also feature 30-minute cooking demonstrations on the upper level of the Beverley B. Shoemaker Visitor Center. The program features Chef Blair Dolinar of the Nibblins Gourmet and Kitchen Shop at 1:00 p.m., Chef Phil Anderson of The Chef’s Corner at 2:15 p.m. and Christa Nahhas of La Food Catering at 3:30 p.m.
Food will be available for purchase at Shaffer’s Barbecue and Market (Middletown) serving its famous BBQ, SOBO Mobile (Warrenton) serving Tex Mex favorites and VITTLES (Woodstock) serving sandwiches and desserts.
Among the artisan and merchandise vendors at Wine Fest will be J&W Farms apple cider products, My Buddy’s Nuts, Jenny Lee Jewelry, Fur and Bers Bath products, India Imports Jewelry, Scentsy Candles, White Caterpillar Candles, Paparazzi Jewelry, and Color Street nails. The Belle Grove Museum Shop in the Beverley B. Shoemaker Visitor Center will be open during the festival and sell unique items made by local artists and producers.
Advanced Tasting Tickets are now on sale for $ 25 at www.bellegrove.org, in the Belle Grove Museum Shop, and at the Winchester-Frederick County Visitor Center (cash and check only). On the day of the event, tasting tickets can be purchased for $ 30 at the door (cash and credit cards accepted). Admission includes a souvenir tasting glass, all tastings, access to all vendors, shows, demonstrations and tours of the historic mansion. General admission is $ 15 for visitors who do not wish to do tastings, who are designated drivers, or who are under the age of 21.
Wine Fest sponsors include Crescent Cities Charities, iHeart Media, First Bank, Thermo Fisher, Korjus’ Country Store and The Original Coffee Paint Company. Their generous subscription allows the proceeds from festival tickets to contribute to education programs and preservation projects at Belle Grove.
For safety reasons, activities will be isolated throughout the outdoor event space and visitors are requested to wear masks indoors.
For the latest information, visit www.bellegrove.org or www.facebook.com/BelleGrove. Pets, large backpacks, and outside food or drink cannot be brought onto the festival grounds. Belle Grove Plantation is located off Route 11 at 336 Belle Grove Road, just south of Middletown, VA 22645 and is conveniently located on I-81 (use Exit 302) and I-66.
Belle Grove is a 283-acre historic non-profit house and museum that is still cultivated today and offers panoramic views of the Shenandoah Valley. It is a National Trust for Historic Preservation site and a partner of Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park.