In just a few short weeks, wine lovers from around the state and beyond will converge on Elkin for the 15th annual Yadkin Valley Wine Festival. The event began as a way to promote the fledgling wine industry that sprang up in the region in the early 2000s.
More than 25 wineries from the Yadkin Valley are expected to participate in this year’s festival on May 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food trucks and live music round out the event to make it a fun getaway for visitors to the area and a hometown celebration for locals.
Misty Matthews of the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce said the committee which organizes the event each year is to be credited with the event’s success.
“It’s crunch time, but it’s running smoothly. Our committee has been with us forever and they just make it easy,” Matthews said.
Advance tickets for the festival are $22 and can be purchased online at www.yvwf.com. Tickets at the gate the day of the festival are $30. In recognition of Armed Forces Appreciation Day, veterans with ID may purchase tickets at the gate for $20.
Providing the musical entertainment this year will be local groups Taylor Vaden’s Tribute to Elvis and Phatt City.
The annual Yadkin Valley Wine Auction and Gala will take place on May 20. This annual event benefits the Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital Foundation and has long been associated with wine festival weekend.
This year’s auction will begin at 6 p.m. at The Liberty in Elkin. Tickets are $50 per person, which includes a pass to attend the wine festival the next day. Private tables for 10 may be reserved for an additional $100. One hundred and twenty-five drawdown tickets for a Caribbean cruise will be sold as well. In addition to a live auction, the event will feature a buffet of heavy hors d’oeuvres, local wines and live music.
Vicki Holcomb Clark, executive director of the Hugh Chatham Foundation and Community Development, said the goal for the foundation’s annual campaign this year is to raise $60,000 and the proceeds from this event will contribute to that goal.
“We intend to place 30 life-saving automated external defibrillators in churches and non-profit organizations in Alleghany, Surry, Wilkes and Yadkin counties,” Clark said. “We hope that you will see the value of this foundation initiative to save people in our region from cardiac arrest and will join us in this important work by attending the 2016 Wine Auction and Gala.”
Items so far on the auction block include travel packages, pottery, jewelry and more. For tickets, call 336-527-7094.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.