Virginia Wine Festival

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August 15, 2002|By Lori Sears

It's the oldest and largest wine festival in Virginia. Simply called the Virginia Wine Festival, it features more than 350 wines from 45 wineries. Running all this weekend at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va., the event offers food, drink, entertainment and art.

Those of legal drinking age can enjoy unlimited wine samples, purchase wine, attend educational wine seminars and more. Kids can take part in a grape-stomping contest, watch magic shows, go on rides and hop in the moonbounce.

A variety of foods from area restaurants and caterers will be offered. Arts and crafts will be on view and available for purchase. There also will be continuous live music from acts including Lowen and Navarro, DaVinci's Notebook and Jah Works. And the winners of the Vinifera Wine Growers Association's 22nd Annual Virginia Wine Competition will be named at an awards ceremony.

The wine festival runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Great Meadow, near the intersection of U.S. 17 and Route 245 in The Plains, Va. Adults 21 and over: $20; $16 in advance. (ID required.) Designated drivers: $16; $13 in advance. Ages 3-20 pay $5; ages 2 and under are free. Call 800-551-SEAT for tickets or 800-520-9670 for more information.

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