Apple Blossom Festival kicks off with wine fest

Sample area wines as the 90th anniversary of the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival kicks off with the United Bank Bloomin’ Wine Fest this weekend.

The two-day event will be held from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. The event’s main entrance is on Cameron Street at Rouss Avenue beside Rouss City Hall.

The event will feature 20 Virginia wineries offering wine tastings and wines sold by the glass or bottle. Craft beers will be available for purchase and tasting by the glass. Artisans will also bring their products for purchase, and plenty of festival food will be available. Three stages will offer regional musical talent.

Dario Savarese with Full Circle Marketing said the total attendance for both days is expected to be about 5,000 people.

“I’d say the best part of the Wine Fest is the fact that it brings the best wineries around –  we have 20 this year – right into downtown Winchester,” he said. “You don’t have to drive out 45 minutes to sample amazing wine, and there’s the added benefit of live music.”

This year’s wine vendors include North Mountain Vineyard & Winery from Maurertown and James Charles Winery from Winchester. Food vendors include Middletown’s Shaffer’s BBQ, Jack Knuckle Gourmet from Winchester and Stephens City’s Mac Shack Express.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com

If You Go

When: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Cameron Street at Rouss Avenue in Winchester

Tickets: $25 at the gate for one day, $40 for two days and a $5 non-tasting admission for a wine garden pass. Children under 12 are free.