Blacksburg Fork and Cork festival draws over 3,500 wine tasting patrons

May 3, 2010

Earlier this month over 3,500 patrons attended the second annual Fork and Cork festival at the First and Main shopping district in Blacksburg. The event featured wine tasting from 19 different wineries, culinary delights from eight local restaurants, cooking demonstrations, regional art, and live music. The cooking sessions provided area chefs the opportunity to showcase their skills as well as to teach attendees how food and wine can be paired with one another to accentuate their flavors. There was also a “meet the winemaker” tent where attendees learned about the winemaking process.

The Blacksburg Fork and Cork is an annual event held the first Saturday in May. “Plans are already in the works for next year’s festival which will be held Saturday, May 7, 2011” says the event organizer Diane Akers, President of the Blacksburg Partnership. “It’s our goal to grow the festival into something very special; something that attracts people to Blacksburg and showcases our outstanding quality life.”

The Blacksburg Partnership also organizes an annual craft beer tasting festival in the fall. The “Blacksburg Brew Do” is in its second year as well and will be held Oct. 30. The festival features beer tasting, food from area restaurants, live entertainment and a home brew competition.

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