Enjoying a fabulous spring day in the Yadkin Valley, celebrating top area NC wineries and craft beer producers, eating wonderful food and listening to great music while benefitting the local, regional and international charities of the Mount Airy Rotary Club, what could be better than that?
The date to remember is Saturday, May 2. Head to Mount Airy’s downtown main street that will be closed exclusively for the 6th Annual Budbreak Wine and Craft Beer Festival participants and guests from noon to 6:00p. The vintage structures of downtown make for a perfect backdrop to host an intimate, friendly arena for wine and craft beer tasting with a side of great music under a tented stage by Mediocre Bad Guys with Jerry Chapman, singer/songwriter. The band is from the Mount Airy/Triad music scene, specializing in rock and acoustic venues.
Just a few of the wineries who will be pouring at Budbreak: Childress, Old North State, Herrera, Round Peak, and Elkin Creek.
Move up the street for great foods from the cuisine of 13 Bones and all the Main Street eateries.
The inaugural Fiddle Crawl was such a hit, Lizzie Morrison, Coordinator of Downtown events, announced the 2nd annual event in conjunction with Budbreak. The larger-than-life, three-dimensional fiberglass fiddles will be painted, decorated and embellished by talented new and some returning area artists. The fiddles will be revealed at The Earle Theatre the evening of May 1 accompanied with bluegrass and old time music. They will remain on display during the Budbreak Wine and Craft Beer Festival on May 2 and until October when the 2015 fiddles will be auctioned to benefit downtown economic development.
Mount Airy lost a big fan this past year. A tribute will be held at Budbreak Wine and Craft Beer Festival “with music and memories of a man who played with every great musician around, who pleased the world with his sounds and who preferred Mount Airy over it all.” Bobby Keyes, renowned saxophone player with the legendary Rolling Stones and too many other stars to list, played with Mediocre Bad Guys when in town and onstage at Budbreak for several years. Skip Eckenrod of Interlam Designs encouraged Bobby to write a book about his life and worked with him to complete Every Night is a Saturday Night. Sponsors that make Budbreak possible are: Farm to Feet, Interlam, Century Link, Renfro Corporation and Duke Energy.
Budbreak is noon to 6:00p. Saturday, May 2 in Downtown Mount Airy. Admission with tasting privileges $20/gate; $15/advance; $5/general admission with no tasting. Buy at the gate, online and Lowes Foods state wide or Budbreakfestival.com