It’s the most wonderful time of year in the Yadkin Valley — wine festival time. The 15th annual Yadkin Valley Wine Festival will take place on May 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Elkin Municipal Park.
With perfect sunny weather and happy people all around, Myra Cook, president of the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the event, said that last year was “an amazing day, an amazing festival.”
This year’s festival is sure to be just as spectacular.
“It’s our 15th year so we’re very excited to have been around that long,” said Misty Matthews at the chamber. “We are exited about it. We have a strong committee who have hung out with us for a long time and they sure make it all look easy.”
Around 30 area wineries are expected to participate in this year’s festival. Live music and great food vendors will round out the event.
Performing this year for the first time at the festival will be Taylor Vaden’s Tribute to Elvis, on the stage from noon to 2 p.m.
“A lot of people have been mentioning they wanted an Elvis performer,” Matthews said.
In the headliner slot from 3 to 5 p.m. will be local band Phatt City performing beach music, R&B and dance favorites.
Food vendors this year will include 13 Bones, Steak Boys, Sherry’s Crab Cakes, The Munchie Wagon and more.
Tickets for this year’s Yadkin Valley Wine Festival are $22 in advance, $30 at the gate. Advance tickets are available for purchase the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce or online at www.yvwf.com. A select number of VIP tickets are available at a cost of $102 each, which includes tasting wristband, festival wineglass, VIP parking, festival shirt and access to the VIP/Hospitality Tent.
A military discount is available with active duty or retired military ID card, tickets will be $20 at the gate for veterans.
Festival parking is available on site at Elkin Municipal Park for $5 per vehicle, with proceeds going to the Elkin Volunteer Rescue Squad. Alternatively, shuttle bus service will be provided by YVEDDI between 10:30 a.m and 6 p.m. from participating hotels in Elkin and Jonesville at a cost of $5 per person, valid throughout the day. There is a no coolers, pets or firearms policy at the festival.
Visitors to the Yadkin Valley are encouraged to make an entire weekend out of the event. With the annual wine auction on Friday night and most area wineries open on Sundays, there will be plenty of fun the entire weekend.
For more information about the Yadkin Valley Wine Festival, visit their Facebook page or website at www.yvwf.com.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.