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Northern Neck Wine Fest

Savor the flavor of the wines of the Northern Neck, held as part of the season-opening Heathsville Farmers Market.
Calendar   Northern Neck Artisan Trail
Location Rice's Hotel / Hughlett's Tavern in Heathsville
Date Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 11:00am - 5:00pm
Duration   6 hours
Cost $10
Additional Info Link http://rhhtfoundationinc.org
Event Contact Email info@rhhtfoundationinc.org

Savor the flavor of the wines of the Northern Neck.

It’s going to be a big day in Heathsville on Saturday, April 15th! The season-opening Heathsville Farmers Market, Earth Day Festival, Northern Neck Wine Fest, and Quilt Show & Sale will take place at Rice’s Hotel / Hughlett’s Tavern.

The Heathsville Farmers Market opens at 9 a.m., offering fresh local produce, flowers and nursery plants, baked goods, goat cheese, and locally-made handcrafts. Many new vendors have signed up for this Farmers Market. Check out the food concession stand for breakfast and lunch.

In a field adjacent to the market, the Earth Day Festival will include exhibits, vendors and special activities for kids and adults - all with an environmental theme. This event is sponsored by NAPS (Northumberland Association for Progressive Stewardship).

Meanwhile, a Quilt Show and Sale will be taking place on-site in the Tavern’s “Transportation Museum Building.” Beautiful and unique quilted items, made by the members of the Tavern Quilt Guild will be on display and many will be for sale.

Inside the historic Tavern itself, the “Heritage Arts Center” gift shop will be open for business. Here is where shoppers will find artists working in their studios and one-of-a-kind, locally-made artisan wares for sale. The Tavern Restaurant will be serving soup and fresh-baked bread.

At 10:30 a.m., kids and adults will head out on a merry Earth Day “Scavenger Hunt.” Half of the hunt will cover the grounds of Rice’s Hotel / Hughlett’s Tavern.

But by 11 a.m., it’s time time to start savoring the flavor of local wines at the Tavern. Five local wineries will offer tastings of their best vintages. Tickets will be sold at the gate for $10, which includes a complimentary etched wine glass. Food and other wine-related vendors will be on hand, including kettle corn, mini-donuts, and Whitley’s Peanuts.

The Farmers Market and the Earth Day celebration officially end at 1 p.m., although many vendors elect to stay later. The Northern Neck Wine Fest and the Tavern Quilt Show will run until 5 p.m.

Dating before 1795, historic Rice’s Hotel / Hughlett’s Tavern is home to four active artisan guilds, which will be on-site that day, demonstrating and selling their wares. In addition to the Quilt Guild, there are the Blacksmiths working in the Tavern’s Forge. The Woodworkers have both a modern and a colonial era workshop in the “Carriage House,” which also houses a collection of antique carriages. The Tavern Spinners and Weavers gather in their studio on the second floor of the Tavern.

Rice’s Hotel / Hughlett’s Tavern is located at 73 Monument Place, hidden just off Route 360 behind the old Northumberland Courthouse in Heathsville. For more information, visit www.RHHTFoundationinc.org, e-mail info@rhhtfoundationinc.org, or call 804-580-3377.

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