Belle Grove Plantation will host its ninth Wine Fest from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m Saturday.
The festival will feature wine, cider, mead, beer, and spirits tastings from nine Virginia-based vineyards and breweries, including Star in the Valley Winery, Muse Vineyards, and Box Office Brewery.
“We are delighted with the array of participants this year and look forward to welcoming back festival favorites and some new friends,” said Kristen Laise, executive director at Belle Grove Plantation.
Artisan and merchandise vendors, including J&W Farms, Clark & Hopkins Sauces, and Jenny Pumpy Jewelry, will be on hand with their wares at the festival. The Belle Grove museum shop will also be open during the festival. The shop sells unique items made by local artists and producers.
Other activities at the festival include 30-minute cooking demonstrations in the upper level of the Beverley B. Shoemaker Welcome Center. Demonstrations will begin at noon with Cindy Cherry from the Historical Homemaker Bakery & Café, followed by Blair Dolinar of Nibblins’ Gourmet and Kitchen Shop at 1:30 p.m., Barbara Hineline from Fresco Kitchen at 3 p.m. and Christa Nahhas of La Nourriture Catering at 4:30 p.m. The Massanutten Antique Tractor and Gasoline Engine Club will also have tractors on display.
The festival will feature live music beginning with Robbie Limon from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., followed by the Critton Hollow String Band from 3-6 p.m. Food will be available for purchase from Shaffers Barbecue and 0 to 60 Energy Cafe.
Attendees with tasting tickets will receive a souvenir tasting glass and be able to sample from all participating breweries and vineyards.
Advanced tasting tickets are on sale for $20 at www.bellegrove.org and at the Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center. Tasting tickets may be purchased for $25 at the gate on the day of the event. Admission includes a souvenir stemless wine tasting glass, all tastings, access to all vendors, performances, demonstrations, and tours of the manor house and landscape. General admission is $10 for visitors who do not wish to do tastings, are designated drivers, or who are under 21.