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Northern Neck Wine Fest set for April 19

Savor the flavor of the wines of the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail on Saturday, April 19. The Northern Neck Wine Fest will take place from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on the grounds of historic Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern in Heathsville.

Tickets will be sold at the gate for $12, which includes a free etched wine glass for tastings. Food and other wine-related vendors will be on hand. The Tavern Restaurant and Gift Shop also will be open.

The public is invited to come early and enjoy the season-opening Heathsville Farmers’ Market from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Shoppers will find farm-fresh produce, bread and baked goods, seafood, health food, flowers and nursery plants, and unique locally-made handcrafts.

Circa 1795, historic Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern is also home to four active artisan guilds, which will be on-site that day, demonstrating and selling their wares. Follow the smoke to see the blacksmiths working in the Tavern’s forge. The woodworkers have both a modern and a colonial 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. The quilters will have a special quilt show in the adjacent “Transportation Museum Building.”

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

posted 04.09.2014

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