Waynesboro: Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival this weekend

Virginia Fly Fishing FestivalBy Lynn R. Mitchell

The weather is sunny with temps in the 60s for Waynesboro’s 15th Annual Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival this weekend. This is the largest outdoor event of its kind in the county so expect to see crowds on the banks of the South River and in downtown Waynesboro, taking in the vendors, restaurants, shops, and the experience of fishing in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Waynesboro is a heartbeat away from Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Drive, and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Festival hours both days will be from 9am until 5pm with over 50 onsite exhibitors who will have the latest in fly fishing equipment, fly tying, and guide services. Beginner to expert anglers will enjoy nonstop lectures on where, when, and how to fly fish in the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. Virginia wine tastings, microbreweries, local food, and live music will also be featured. (See Schedule of events.)

This online map show the layout of vendors, parking, and more. Lots of food offerings both onsite and downtown along with wine, beer, and cider offerings from Sweetwater Brewery, Barren Ridge Vineyards, Bold Rock Cider, Hunt’s Vineyard, Monticello Wine Company, Sans Soucy Vineyards, and Weston Farm Vineyard and Winery.

Cost is $20 for either day or $35 for a weekend pass. Events, classes, lectures are available along with exhibitors.

While in the area, you may want to take in the nearby sights including Waynesboro, Dayton Farmers Market, and the Ox-Eye Tasting Room in downtown Staunton. And don’t forget to stop by and say hello to Ron at King’s Gourmet Popcorn on Afton Mountain — you can’t miss the bright yellow food truck, sign, and picnic tables!

It’s a beautiful spring day in the Shenandoah Valley! See you on the banks of the South River….

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