Budbreak is the time of year when grapevines wake from their winter slumber and produce new buds. The Budbreak Festival in Mount Airy is a celebration of a new vintage in the heart of the Yadkin Valley on Saturday, April 30.
The historic Earle Theatre and Blackmon Amphitheatre will host music events Thursday through Saturday. The opening of Banjo Crawl, a public art project is Friday night. Local artists paint and decorate larger-than-life, three-dimensional, fiberglass banjos that are placed throughout downtown for six months. The banjos will be auctioned off in the fall.
Mount Airy, located in the heart of the Yadkin Valley, celebrates the birth of a new vintage by inviting people to come downtown, sample wines from 17 vineyards and four craft breweries, and interact with vintners, winemakers and brewers.
This year’s participating wineries are Chatham Hill, Chestnut Trail, Childress, Elkin Creek, Fiddler’s, Ginger Creek, Herrera, Lake James Cellars, Native Vines, Old North State, Round Peak, Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, Slightly Askew, Southern Charm, Surry Cellars, Thistle Meadow and Waldensian Heritage. Craft breweries include Foothills, Gibb’s Hundred, Lake Norman and Skull Camp.
Budbreak Festival hours are noon-6 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Non-tasting tickets are $5. Packages are available that include admission for two, local accommodations, transportation to and from the event, and a bottle of wine. To learn more about the festival visit www.BudbreakFestival.com
Mount Airy is featured in the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina.