There are several annual events in the Centreville area of Fairfax County, Virginia that are equally popular with both locals and visitors who flock to the area in their droves for these special events, perhaps none more so than for the Northern Virginia Fall Brew Fest. This festival is held during the month of October every year and this year’s event will be held on October 19th and 20th 2013, featuring over 40 of the best breweries from around the world as well as wonderful food and great entertainment to complement these finally honed craft beers. Music is provided courtesy of local bands as well as from musicians of different styles and genres from around the region and there are also a wide range of stalls and vendors demonstrating and selling a variety of arts and crafts.
The event is held at the weekend from 11am to 7pm at the Bull Run National Park close to Centreville itself and can be reached by car on the I-66, taking exit 52 on Route 29 and driving for approximately two miles in a southerly direction before turning left Bull Run Post Office Road where you can easily follow the signs to the park’s entrance from there. Parking is free and there will be attendees to guide you to a space upon your arrival. Adult tickets cost $30 for one day’s admission and include a commemorative Brew Fest sampling glass and tickets to sample four beers of your choice with additional tickets available for $1 each. ID will have to be provided upon purchase of your entry and adult tickets are for over 21’s only however children under 16 are admitted for free. The beers featured will be primarily microbrew and your last beer should be ordered so that it is poured by 6pm, the deadline for beer pouring one hour before the festival closes for the day.
The Vintage Virginia Wine Festival is also held at the Bull Run National Park in June each year and has become one of the largest and longest-running events of its kind on the East Coast. Virginia is actually the fifth largest wine producer in the country and has become a popular venue for wine tasting and related events. It is also unique in the respect that it is the only place in the country where visitors can reach a winery by kayak and enjoy bluegrass music while enjoying a glass of wine in a national park setting. Over 50 wineries participate in this event every year and featured tastings include over two hundred of the state’s award winning wines as well as seminars educating would-be connoisseurs on food pairings that complement different types of wine. The most widely produced wine in the state is Chardonnay followed by merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc, and Vidal. However this festival is not just for adults as there are a variety of other activities and exhibits for the children too as well as live entertainment all day long.