For North Carolina wine lovers, spring means festival time. A pretty spring Saturday visit to a wine festival is a great time to see what the buzz is about.
A good way to gather information about festivals and wineries, and to get driving directions, is to visit www. visitNCwine.com .
Here's a sampler of some of the upcoming events:
The Yadkin Valley Wine Festival, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in the Municipal Park in Elkin. This is a fun festival for the family, with activities for children. There are food, music and arts and crafts in addition to wine. This charming event has a small-town feel, combined with a lot of Southern hospitality. Advance tickets are $16 at www.yvwf.com.
Salute! NC Wine Celebration, May 22 in downtown Winston-Salem. Terrific music and lots of wineries make it a very enjoyable street festival. Advance tickets are $20 at www.salutencwine.com.
N.C. Wine Festival, May 29 at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons. This is such a fun event. In its 10th year, it always has great participation by the wineries. Everything you want in a fun event is here, including music, wine and entertainment. Advance tickets are $20 at www.ncwinefestival.com.
The Lake Norman Wine & Food Festival, June 5-6 at Kenton Place in Cornelius. This event is new, but it looks like it will be interesting, with wine education, cooking demonstrations and wine tastings. www.LakeNormanWineandFoodFestival.org.