Wine and Craft Festival this weekend in Front Royal

The 32nd annual Virginia Wine & Craft Festival is Saturday in downtown Front Royal. Highlights include art and craft vendors, live entertainment, food trucks, and, of course, wine.

Niki Foster Cales, president of the Front Royal Chamber, said this long-standing festival draws over 11,000 people from all over the Shenandoah Valley. What started as a mushroom festival has transformed over the years into the wine and craft festival.

“With over 110 crafters and fine artisans,  17 wineries and a wide selection of delicious food trucks, there’s plenty of things to do,” Cales said. “From the history to the nature lover,  to those who simply love to walk downtown, the festival and town itself offer up a wide assortment of fun and enjoyable opportunities.”

Festival gates open at 10 a.m. with activities, music and shopping lasting until 6 p.m.

Covering more than seven blocks, vendors and crafters will be selling handmade jewelry,  musical instruments, cigars, gourmet goods, pottery, original artworks and antiques.

Wineries will include 868 Estate Vineyards, Cobbler Mountain Cider, Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery, Misty Mountain Meadworks, Notaviva Vineyard and Prince Michel Vineyard.

Food vendors will be out in full force, serving up funnel cakes, freshly roasted nuts, crab cake sandwiches, shish kabobs and burgers. Food trucks and restaurants include the Apple House,  Grillizza, Lemon Squeezers, The Seafood Barn & Grill and ZABB Thai Restaurant.

The Charlee Allman Band, sponsored by Culligan, will perform at the Gazebo from 10:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. Back to Zero, a band from Arlington,  will also perform. DSM4, a rock band playing 80s and 90s music that will be sponsored by Jeans Jewelers and Sona Bank, will perform on Chester Street from 2-4 p.m.

Festival sponsors include Warren Memorial Hospital, the County of Warren, Holiday Inn & Suites Front Royal, Northern Virginia Daily and Aire Serv Heating and Cooling.

“This is our tried and true recipe,” Cales said. ” Good wine, good food and fantastic entertainment. That’s what it’s all about.”

For more information visit: www.wineandcraftfestival.com

If You Go

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Downtown Front Royal, Main and Chester streets.

Admission: $25 in advance at the Front Royal Chamber, 201 E. 2nd St., Front Royal Visitors Center, 414 E. Main St., or online. $30 at the gate.