Rythym and Wine Festival set

Food, wine and music are on the agenda in Beverly this weekend.

The Beverly Heritage Center is hosting the first ever Rhythm and Wine Festival, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. The event is sponsored by the Historic Beverly Preservation and the Rich Mountain Battlefield Foundation.

Local wineries such as Forks of Cheat Winery from Morgantown and Vu Ja De Vineyards from Spencer will attend, as well as local artisans displaying their wares, such as Jeremy Browning’s wood turning and Scotty Wiest’s pottery.

The public is invited to attend the festival and browse the variety of craft tents and enjoy themselves.

“This event will be the first time we have featured West Virginia wineries in Beverly,” said Darryl DeGripp, executive director of the Beverly Heritage Center. “We see this festival as a chance to enjoy wine, food, crafts and music from around West Virginia.”

The musical line-up for Rhythm and Wine includes well-known local acts such as the Dennis McClung Blues Band, Aurora Celtic, Jumpstart, Gerry Milnes and Friends, Caleb Karriker and Falling Branch String Band.

Music will begin at noon and continue throughout the day, with the Dennis McClung Blues Band taking the stage at 6:30 p.m.

“The performances are top notch,” DeGripp said. “If you haven’t seen them perform, now is a good time to come and check them out.”

DeGripp said one of the biggest draws will be the West Virginia wine.

The wine and music area will open at 11 a.m. with a $10 admission for ages 21 and over. Admission for guests under 21 will be $5.

Adult ticket holders will be given a wineglass and corkscrew for wine purchases, and are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the music. As a courtesy to other attendees, please do not bring any pets or outside food or drink.

The wine tasting for Rhythm and Wine will be provided by two notable West Virginia wineries. Forks of Cheat Winery has been in operation for 23 years and is located on 16 acres of fertile hills in Morgantown. The winery offers award-winning red and white wines, as well as fruit and dessert wines.

Vu Ja De Vineyards is a small boutique winery from Spencer that utilizes sustainable and organic farming practices, including biodynamics and permaculture, in creating their wines. Both wineries will have a variety of bottles available for purchase.

Craft vendors will be set up outside of the Beverly Heritage Center, featuring the pottery of Wiest, along with jewelry, woodworking, antiques and homemade soaps. There will also be food vendors selling fire-roasted pork loin sandwiches and bread and cheese plates as a lighter option to complement the wine tasting. Admission to the craft and food vendor area will be free.

Parking for the event will be available at the Beverly Heritage Center. Walnut Street will be closed for the duration of the festival.

Sponsors for the Rhythm and Wine Festival include the Randolph County Convention and Visitors Bureau and The Inter-Mountain. This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

For more information on this event, please call the Beverly Heritage Center at (304) 637-7424, send an email to info@beverlyheritagecenter.org, visit www.beverlyheritagecenter.org or go to the Rhythm and Wine event page on Facebook.

Contact Chad Clem by e-mail at cclem@theintermountain.com.