Wine, festivities, and food. What more could anyone ask for on a day as beautiful as Saturday, September 25? Smith Mountain Lake’s annual wine festival kicked off this last weekend and attracted quite the crowd. While the turnout last year was decent enough, the lack of rain this year is a vast improvement.
The event featured a live band, featuring popular songs such as Kid Rock’s “All Summer Long” and Shaggy’s “Angel”. The hill down to the stage served as stadium seating for a sea of fold-up chairs. The sound system was quite impressive, and the music remained clear and audible even clear the other side of the festival.
The collection of vendors selling their wares was exciting. Everything from juices and syrups to Australian hats were available, including some truly beautiful sculptures by Michael Costello.
One of the vendors we were able to speak to amidst the crowds, Tiffani Matherly of Matherly Crafters, had a unique collection of melted down wine and liquor bottles. She explained that by using a kiln she could create bottles that are usable as cutting boards or serving dishes, as well as pieces of art. The bottom and spout of the bottle were partially intact, completing the effect.
The plethora of wine reps was extensive, though this writer was unable to partake in the sampling with his press pass. As such a comment on the wines themselves isn’t possible, but suffice it to say that it was a tremendous turnout and a lot of people looked happy.
The standard fare of food was present, which included everything from burgers, steak and cheese sandwiches, gyros, and tacos to fries, funnel cakes, and ice cream.
All in all it was a fantastic day, and what a way to be involved in the community! We can all look forward to next year’s event, especially if the vendor count continues to climb.