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Winefest returns Saturday with two tastings

SoVaNow.com / April 07, 2021
Clarksville’s annual Wine Festival takes place Saturday, at 617 Virginia Avenue in downtown Clarksville, in the field between the Delicate Flower Bed and Breakfast and Lake Country Dental.

Clarksville Lake Country Chamber director Sheila Cuykendall worked with both the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Virginia Alcohol and Beverage Control (ABC) board to make the event safe as possible for those who attend. To that end, this year’s event is divided into two time periods, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 3-6 p.m. Visitors must purchase a ticket for their chosen time slot as attendance will be limited to 600 persons per time period.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at Clarkvilleva.com. The $25 ticket comes with a souvenir tasting glass. Non-taster tickets are $12. (There is a $1 processing fee for all tickets purchased online.) You must be 21 or older to attend.

As an added attraction, The Chamber is selling tickets to its Wine & Dine and Feel D’Vine Raffle. Three winners will have a chance to win one of these great prizes.

The Dine-In for Two package, valued at $550, includes an Across the Nations gift basket, decorative wine bottle, wine holder, Winefest shirt, $25 in Chamber bucks, a winos apron, two wine glasses, a decorative flag and a bottle of Plum Crazy wine.

The Wine Décor & More package comes with chardonnay wine glasses, Corksicle drinkware, two wine holders, a Clarksville Winefest shirt, cheese board, $25 in Chamber bucks, a decorative wine bottle, and a bottle of Hunting Creek Vineyards wine. The prize items are valued at $500.

Feel’n D’Vine is a prize package valued at $200. It comes with a bottle of Hilltop Wine, $50 in Chamber bucks, a $30 Off the Chain gift certificate, $20 Bobbin Cork gift certificate, $25 Food Lion gift certificate, $20 World of Sports gift certificate, a monogrammed straw handbag, Winefest shirt and a thermos cup.

Tickets are $5 each, $12 for three or $20 for six. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce or at the Chamber table during the festival. You do not need to be present to win.

Nine Virginia wineries and Springfield Distillery from Halifax will be offering tastings. Springfield Distillery will also be selling specialty cocktails and Clarksville’s own Buggs Island Brewing Company will be selling craft beer by the glass.

Cuykendall said other rules will be strictly enforced. They include:

Blankets, umbrellas and lawn chairs are allowed but only in designated areas.

Coolers, picnic baskets, and large bags are strictly prohibited.

Bags and carts will be searched at the gate.

“Adult beverages,” or outside purchases of beer, wine, or liquor cannot be carried into the festival site.

Food vendors will be on hand so no outside food can be brought on to the festival grounds.

Bottled water is provided at no cost to all non-tasters. Others can purchase water at the Clarksville Lake Country Chamber booth for $1 per bottle.

if you come in a group, please stay with that group, and social distance when standing in lines and around the grounds.

Masks must be worn at all time when standing in lines or walking around the grounds.

Cuykendall also asks anyone who is ill or who has been around others displaying COVID-19 symptoms or other illnesses, or who feel personally it’s unsafe, to please stay home. If you decide to come, it is at your own risk. Neither the Chamber nor the Town of Clarksville will be responsible for your safety.

There will be handicap parking at the Touchstone Bank parking lot on Virginia Avenue. Others can arrange for a driver to pick them up near the entrance to the Festival on 7th Street, but otherwise parking in the area will be prohibited.



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While I realize this is a wine festival, BIB is selling beer for $5.00 per serving. As a non-wine drinker, I had hoped a ticket would be available that would not include the cost of the wine tasting in order to take advantage of the beer truck. Something for the Chamber to consider for future WineFest events?


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