Enjoy live music, local brews, food and camping at the first Peak Leaf Music and Brewers Festival Oct. 20 in Middletown.
Tyler Wakeman, festival director, said inspiration for the new event came from personal music and camping adventures with friends especially a trip a few years ago to Ashville, North Carolina where the leaves were just beginning to “peep through” the skyline. Ergo, where the name of the festival came from.
“Leafers line up in the Valley to see the foliage change as soon as fall hits,” Wakeman said. “Especially in October, if all goes well, the leaves really will be changing- which will create a great background for the festival scene.”
New to the Shenandoah Valley, live-entertainment for The Peak Leaf Music and Brewers Festival will include “Yarn”, “The Drunken Hearts,” The Trainjumpers” and David Sickmen of “Haskensaw Boys.”
Wakeman said he worked diligently in creating a line-up of talented professional touring musicians from all over the country. Local merchants, artists and vendors will also be on site.
The new festival will feature local breweries that include Small-Batch Brewing, Escutcheon Brewing, Ridge Runner, Box Office Brewery and Front Royal Brewing Co. And food trucks from Sexi Mexi, Shaffers and Texas Streys will be on-site serving up local favorites.
“It’s a fun fall day drinking event to support a good cause,” he said.
A portion of the ticket sales will provide school meals for students in Frederick County Public Schools.
The festival will operate like most other beer festivals where those who purchase their tickets get a tasting glass. However, not only is the festival hosted on a working farm, festival-goers will have the option of camping if they so desire.
“One of the best things about many of the concerts I’ve been to over the years was the camping,” he said. “I knew when I started planning this, that was a festival must.”
Gates for campers will open at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Tickets to camp are $50.
Tasting tickets are $40, Live music tickets are $35 and designated driver tickets are $15.
Wakeman said he’s looking forward to the turnout. He added that he expects to sell out of tickets before the event date.
“My hope is to see this get bigger and bigger each year,” he said. “That’s one of the reasons we went ahead and introduced the camping in its first year. So people understand the vibe we’re trying to create.”
Wakeman added that he hopes to become a premier fall music festival in just a few short years.
Sponsors include Wakeland Manor, Inc., and Lewin-Yount Garage Doors.
If YOU GO
When: Oct. 20 11:00 a.m, 9:00 a.m. for camping
Where: Corner of Route 634 (Cougill Road) and U.S. 11 (Valley Pike), Middletown. Across from Lord Fairfax Community College.