Virginia Wine and Craft Festival in Front Royal

Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting

Wine…Crafts…Fair Food…a perfection combination!

Saturday the sun shone bright in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and Tim and I decided to attend the Virginia Wine and Craft Festival in the Town of Front Royal, Virginia. With over 100 vendors (as published on the website), there were plenty of opportunities to drink, shop, and eat.

I’m not a wine drinker. I know that puts in a minority among my friends, but I’d much rather enjoy a glass of Concord grape juice than a glass of aged Merlot. That said, Tim loves wine, and I enjoy finding opportunities to add to his cellar. I also have fun tasting wine and finding the flavors that I do enjoy.

Virginia wines have grown in popularity over the years. We’ve visited a few vineyards and sampled wines over the years. We’ve also tried some of Shenandoah’s finest. One vineyard we saw at the festival, (and with my love of fruit, my favorite) was Peaks of Otter Winery. We bought apples there and sampled some of their wines many years ago when Tim’s parents had a house at Smith Mountain Lake. By the way, if you’re in the area, you should take the drive out and enjoy the scenery and the flavors. It’s worth the trip!

In addition to wine and crafts, food vendors were there with kettle corn, fried Oreos, and Italian ice. The fried foods booth was especially busy! Crab cakes were tempting me, and I don’t know what it is about cinnamon toasted nuts — they smelled wonderful.

You should add this festival to your calendar next year. In the meantime, visit a local winery and take advantage of free tastings. Virginia Wine currently lists over 200 different wineries. I hope Tim and I can mark off a few locations as we travel throughout the state.

What is your favorite Virginia winery?

cool little kegs

cool little kegs

colorful soaps

colorful soaps

festival goers and pottery

festival goers and pottery

NW Caboose

NW Caboose

visitors center

visitors center

*** This personal blog is comprised solely of the opinions, views, projects, and travels of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She is lucky enough to have loving family and friends whom she drags along with her on her adventures and whom she puts to work on her little farm. She uses this blog to help promote living in the mountains of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.**

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