LURAY — Page Valley Fair’s “A Taste of the Valley” Wine, Beer and Spirits Festival is returning to the fairgrounds again this year with new regional wineries and distilleries, new food trucks and added live music.
“The first year went great so, we thought we’d try it again,” said Daniel Waters, the organizer of the festival.
The second annual festival will kick off on Saturday at noon at The Midway on the fairgrounds, located at 15 Fairlane Drive in Luray, with drinks pouring until 5 p.m.
There will be 10 total wineries and distilleries at the festival. New additions this year are Mountain Run Winery based in Culpeper, Misty Mountain Meadworks in Winchester, Purcellville-based Catoctin Creek Distilling Co. and Narmada Winery in Amissville.
Luray’s Wisteria Farm & Vineyard and River Hill Distillery, Amherst-based Rebec Vineyard, Chesapeake Bay Distillery in Virginia Beach, Silverback Distillery in Afton and Copper Fox Distillery in Sperryville are all returning establishments.
“A Taste of the Valley” gives small producers a platform to showcase locally sourced products.
“I firmly believe that it’s been a big exposure for them,” Waters said. “Last year, we certainly had a lot of locals that came, but there were also lots of people visiting because it was the weekend before the Fourth of July.”
Both the wineries and distilleries will be licensed to sell bottles of their libations at the festival. It’s up to each vendor to determine their selection of drinks to sample, Waters said.
“Based on last year, some of them only brought three or four and some of them brought 10,” he said. “It’s all what they want to show off.”
The beer and distilleries are included in the wine festival to provide options for non-wine drinkers. Waters said some of the distilleries may offer mixed drinks to festivalgoers.
Admission includes four beverage vendor tickets, along with “A Taste of the Valley” 8-ounce wine glass. Waters explained that if a vendor has four wines available to sample, that would still count as one vendor ticket. Extra vendor tickets will be available for purchase: one additional ticket is $5 or five tickets for $15.
All the participating food trucks are based in Luray and Page County. The Pierced Pig, Broke Down BBQ and Anne Marie’s Catering will be joining returning food trucks Little Cabin BBQ, Mindi’s Sweet and Spicy Concessions and Rancho Viejo.
The festival is adding live music for the first time this year. The musical acts, all based in Luray and Page County, are Mike Hasty, Mokey, Jose Guitarrez, Dwight Martin and Lee Blanton.
“They play a little bit of everything, from ‘80s rock to cover band stuff,” Waters said.
The proceeds from the festival go toward Page Valley Fair’s renovation projects. Waters said the goal is to raise $5,000.
Last year, “A Taste of the Valley” drew in 150 people. Waters said he’s hoping to raise the attendance to 200 to 250.
He said the event will be “just good wine and good music and good food.”
Admission is $20 in advance when reserved online or $30 at the door. A designated driver ticket can be purchased for $5. For more information, visit www.pagevalleyfair.org/2019-wine-festival.