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The Blue Ridge (international) Wine and Food Festivel

I’ve been to far more wine festivals and wine competitions than I care to count. Seven years ago, before we dreamed of Christopher’s Wine & Cheese we initiated an effort in conjunction with the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce to develop a local wine festival to bring people into our community to experience the wonder and delight of Blowing Rock during the month of April. It was then decided the concept was viable and a committee was formed to develop and execute The Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival.

It began as a very small, intimate affair with wine education seminars, a local wine competition, and a cooking competition among local chefs. It has grown beyond measure since that point and time, mostly in good ways. The festival has grown from something small and local into something much more exclusive and international with promise of great things to develop yet.

The first year it seemed that we had to absolutely beg for 4 local chef-types to participate in the Fire on the Rock Chef’s Challenge; today there are preliminary competitions that begin in February leading up to the festival because so many of our local culinary experts are participating.

Our first year of  the festival, we had to seek out and beg for facilitators to direct our seminars and bring in a chef to do cooking demos and classes. Today, we have culinary talents that ask to join in and our seminars span the course of multiple days bringing in talents from culinary universities, university level professors, trades professionals, and just down right interesting people.

Our first year, we were barely able to fill the grand tasting with local, North Carolina Wineries. This year we have wine makers from around the world wanting to know how they too can participate in our festival. We have wines from North Carolina, Virginia, California, Washington, Oregon, Chili, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, France, Spain, Germany, Japan, and Italy.

Uncorked! has grown from a small gathering of locals into a festive party themed from a wine region around the world in which people gather to celebrate and get primed for the festival. Wine Maker’s Dinners have become a huge affair that chef’s dream of the rock star wine maker of their choice and what they would prepare for a pairing with the wines from that wine maker for a year.

Our lodging partners are always stocked and ready to help guests of Blowing Rock not only with accommodations, but with plans and packages to simplify the matter of getting into the programs you’re interested in. Give them a call and let them help you make a long weekend of wine festivities this year.

All of the improvements and growth of our international Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival is because of one single factor- you. You come and participate and wine makers from around the globe have watched, listened, and been captivated by you and your interest in high quality wine and food, and they’re seeking to get into a position to have you in their audience. This year, I think we have one of the most exciting line ups in the nation for a wine festival, and I bet you are going to love it!

So, check it out and make sure to get here next weekend!

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