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Grab a Drink: Avery County Wine and Beer Festival is Back June 25 in Linville Falls

By Jessica Isaacs | jessica@highcountrypress.com

Have you been dying to try some local craft beer and wine but haven’t had the time to tour them all? If so, the Avery County Chamber of Commerce will bring them all to one spot for you next weekend.

From noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, Linville Falls Winery will play host to this year’s Avery County Beer and Wine Festival, which will draw folks from across western North Carolina for sampling of the area’s expert brewmasters and winemakers.

Featured vendors will include Banner Elk Winery and Villa, Booneshine Brewing Company, Grandfather Vineyard, Linville Falls Winery, Flat Top Brewing Company and Beech Mountain Brewing Company.

Melynda Martin Pepple, the chamber’s executive director, said the festival ultimately aims to further the chamber’s mission and support featured local businesses.

“First of all, this event is to lift up our wine and beer folks who are right here in our back yard,” she said. “We are very blessed to have wineries and breweries right here in our county and surrounding area. We want these fun events to bring people here so they’ll visit our beautiful mountains and enjoy the cooler weather.”

Now in its fourth year, the festival is hosted by a different participating vendor each year. This summer, wine and beer enthusiasts will enjoy ample parking and gorgeous views on the 40-acre farm at the family owned and operated Linville Falls Winery.

“It’s right off of U.S. Highway 221 in a great location,” Pepple said. “You’re less than one mile from the parkway. The area is beautiful, you can tour the vineyard and you can cool off inside the winery where they have plenty of space.”

Featured vendors will set up in the winery’s barn, where the show will go on no matter what the weather’s like.

“Rain or shine, we’ll be in full swing,” Pepple said.

Your $20 tickets ($25 at the door) will go a long way at this event! When you walk through the door and show your ID, you’ll receive a five-ounce Belgian tasting glass and coupons for a flight of four samples per vendor. If your heart is set on a particular favorite, you don’t have to try all the vendors, and you can stick to either beer or wine. No matter what, you’ve got 28 opportunities to mix and match flavors throughout the day.

Bring a blanket or your favorite lawn chair and set up shop for a good time at this year’s festival! While you’re there, enjoy live music from Wayne Taylor and grab a bite to eat from the Poor Man BBQ food truck.

Order tickets online now to get them at the $20 rate or call the chamber at 828-898-5605.

Linville Falls Winery is located at 9957 Linville Falls Highway in Linville Falls.