Celebrate Independence Day with style and raise a glass to Independent Wineries and Craft Beer!
It’s back! The Floyd Fandango Wine & Beer Festival combines the best of both worlds. A unique merging of Wine Down the Music Trail and the infamous Floyd Fandango make for a stellar event. Featuring two
dozen of the finest regional wineries and craft beer makers, this is sure to be a one-of-a-kind event! Festival will take place at the beautiful festival venue, Blue Cow Pavilion, which is located at milepost 170.5 off the
scenic Blue Ridge Parkway.
Wineries: Joining us so far are AmRhein’s Winery, Byrd Cellars, Château Morrisette Winery, Cooper Vineyards, Davis Valley Winery, Fincastle Vineyard & Winery, Horton Vineyards, Mattaponi Winery, Rockbridge Vineyard, and Villa Appalaccia Winery.
Breweries: Joining us so far are Blue Mountain Brewery, Breckenridge Brewery, Bull & Bones Brewhaus, Crispin Natural Hard Apple Cider, Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company, Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales, Foothills Brewing, Highland Brewing Company, Long Trail Brewing Company, Old Dominion Brewing Company, the River Company Brewery, Starr Hill Brewery, Stillwater Artisanal Brewing Company, Terrapin Brewing Company, and Woodchuck Hard Cider.
Food: Floyd Fandango features a fine tradition of southern and gourmet cuisine, including local pit BBQ from Due South Restaurant, brick oven pizza tossed fresh by hand from local favorites Dogtown Pizza, a variety of beer battered delicacies from Bull and Bones Brewery, long-standing favorite lobster mac-and-cheese and gator bites from Outback Kates and more!
Tickets: Overnight camping included with weekend tickets. Limited number of RV camping spots available for $50. Adult day tickets are $25 advance/$30 gate. Adult tickets include a FREE commemorative Wine Glass and tastings or Beer Glass with 4 pogs for beer tasting. Discounted Designated Driver and Teen passes also available. Kids 5 and under admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying adult. Outlets: Tickets can also be purchased in Floyd at Harvest Moon, in Roanoke at Wine Gourmet and in Blacksburg at Vintage Cellar.
Support: Floyd Fandango thanks community supporters Blue Cow Arts Foundation, StreamLine TimberWorks, WROV, and Chateau Morrisette for their continued support of the event.
Performers: JJ Grey & Mofro, Anders Osborne, These United States, Acoustic Syndicate, Dangermuffin, Butch Robbins’ Imagicnation, Blue Mule, Becki the Balloon Lady and more!
FLOYD FANDANGO BEER AND WINE FESTIVAL CELEBRATES INDEPENDENCE DAY WITH TRADITIONAL CRAFT BEVERAGES, MUSIC, FAIRE AND FIREWORKS
Floyd, VA – April 28, 2011 – If the true definition of ‘Fandango’ is a lively dance done in triple time, then Floyd Fandango, a weekend-long Independence Day celebration, is not too far off the mark. This unique event, which is held annually off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Floyd, Virginia, has garnered somewhat of a cult following since its 2004 inception. Unorthodox festivities are often the headline, including past performances by Junior Brown playing under an Italian carnival tent with snake charmers and a trained dog show, and other carnival-themed attractions. This year’s attendees can expect an equally solid roster of non-traditional entertainment and merriments.
Upon arrival at the pristine mountain venue, located at milepost 170.5 off the beautiful, and non-commercial, Blue Ridge Parkway, attendees exchange a ticket for a commemorative wine or beer glass and wooden pogs for beer tasting (wine tastings are free throughout the day). Meander along a shady garden path, past a small stage of string musicians, and onto the main field- a 40-acre expanse culminating with a jaw-dropping, timber framed stage set against the tree-lined backdrop of Rock Castle Gorge. Set up a chair or shade tent and relax to the alt-country sounds of the aptly-chosen band These United States and Big Easy musical favorite Anders Osborne, both opening acts for headliner JJ Grey and Mofro, a southern-born crooner with a large southwest Virginia following.
Two large covered tents feature wine tastings on one side of the field and beer tastings on the other, with a competition for ‘best in show,’ ‘people’s choice’ and ‘judges choice,’ as well as best red wine, best white wine, and best light, medium, and dark beer. This year’s event showcases over 50 vintages of wine from local favorites Chateau Morisette, Villa Appalaccia and AmRhein wineries, as well as Cooper Vineyards, Davis Valley, Fincastle, Horton, Mattaponi, and Rockbridge vineyards. Craft beer options include Long Trail Brewing, Highland Brewery, Starr Hill, Blue Mountain Brewery, Breckenridge Brewing, Bull and Bones Brewhaus, Crispin Hard Apple Cider, Foothills Brewing, Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales, Old Dominion, River Company, Stillwater Artisanal Brewing Company, and Woodchuck Hard Cider.
With the 4th of July falling on a Monday, there’s no reason to rush back to school or work – weekend tickets include on-site camping and a low-key, high-octane Saturday night party, held after hours for those with a weekend camping ticket, extending the fun until midnight.
All told, Floyd Fandango shares many of the attributes that might be used to describe the beverages it showcases- lively, full-bodied, and with a hint of blush.
For tickets or more information on this fine event, visit www.floydfandango.com or call 1-888-VAFESTS
Floyd Fandango Wine & Beer Festival
When: July 2 & 3, 2011
Where: Blue Cow Pavilion, mp 170.5 Blue Ridge Parkway, Floyd, VA.
Tickets: On sale April 1st 2011