Wine for a good cause

Published 10:26 am Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Farmville Wine Festival will have a varied selection of wines, live music and an opportunity to help provide meals for one’s neighbors.

The festival is set to take place April 21 at Riverside Park on North Main Street at 11 a.m.

The 2017 festival saw approximately 800 people attend the festival, which raised more than $17,000 for the Prince Edward Meals on Wheels, a past Herald report noted.

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Proceeds from the event, according to the festival’s Facebook page, will “subsidize the over 60 daily meals that are delivered to the elderly, disabled or homebound in Prince Edward County and the surrounding area.”

“There’s a lot of music the entire day,” Cheryl Gibson, event organizer, said about the festival. “We’ve got at least five wineries so far … There’s wine tasting going on all day long. Some of the wineries bring sangria with them that you can buy by the pitcher. You can buy a bottle of wine.”

She said she receives sponsors prior to the festival that will pay for the festival’s expenses, meaning that all ticket prices and donations will go directly to Meals on Wheels.

Gibson said a silent auction will take place, and dry hair cuts and chair massages will be given by A Great Escape Spalon for suggested donations.

Gibson said the festival will feature five Virginia-based wineries. The wineries are Byrd Cellars in Goochland, DeVault Family Vineyards in Concord, Prince Michel Vineyard and Winery in Madison County, American Way Country Wines in Chase City and Three Sisters of Shiney Rock Winery in Clarksville.

Gibson said the wineries will present flavors to include fruity, dry, small batch wines and other unique flavors. Guests could expect everything from scuppernongs, blackberry wines, Muscadine wine, more traditional reds and whites, rieslings, sangrias, even potentially tomato or cantaloupe wines.

In addition to the wines, there were be between 25-35 vendors that include barbecue, seafood, homemade jewelry and homemade soaps among other items. Bands GypsyRoad and The Castaways will perform.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Gibson said.