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SML Wine Festival moving to new location this year

SML Wine Festival will take place at a new location in September

The Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival, one of the area’s larger annual events, will take place at a new location this September, the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday.

Mariners Landing will host the event for 2021 as the wine festival looks to revamp in its 32nd year. The festival was canceled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic and most recently was held at the Crazy Horse Marina. The festival has been held at various locations during the past three decades of operation.

“We are very excited to bring it back this year better than ever,” SMLRCC Executive Director Andy Bruns said.

According to a news release from the SMLRCC, the new location for the festival will provide a more intimate setting to enjoy all the weekend has to offer: artisan craft vendors, music and wine tasting from multiple wineries across Virginia. Mariners Landing also was chosen for “picturesque views” and top of the line facilities, Bruns said.

In addition to ticket costs, attendees have the option of renting a boat slip and private chalets.

Three nationally acclaimed bands will provide music and entertainment this year, according to the news release. Nashville-based bluegrass group The SteelDrivers, soul band St. Paul & The Broken Bones and a yet-unannounced third band are scheduled to perform. Additional featured bands include a yacht rock band from Richmond — Three Sheets to the Wind — and Empire Strikes Brass, a North Carolina-based funk band.

Proceeds from the wine festival will go toward programs that promote tourism and business in the lake region, Bruns said in the news release.

— Shannon Kelly

— Shannon Kelly

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