Residents from all over Virginia drove out to Beaverdam on Saturday to experience the Beaverdam Wine Festival. Nestled behind the railroad tracks and Pop’s Country Store and Museum on Beaver Dam Road, the festival kicked off its sixth year with music, food, vendors and more. For $25, guests can taste seven wines from local wineries and receive a free stemless tasting glass. While the festival enjoyed another successful year, the event has grown from its small beginnings.
“The festival started as a project to raise money to expand Beaverdam,” said Bucky Stanley who is on the Board of Supervisors for the festival. The board especially wanted to draw in funds to repair the historic Beaverdam Depot which received fire damage during the Civil War.
“With the money we raised, we were able to replace the roof and restore the Depot’s bathroom. We even had enough to build the Pop’s Country Store across the street,” said Stanley.
What started as a fundraising idea has blossomed and become a way for local business to reach out to the community. Kate Killham who works for Lake Anna Winery in Spotsylvania was ecstatic to be setting up her both for the fourth consecutive year.
“I love it,” said Killham. “A lot of guests here are familiar with our wine and we love that the festival is so close to our people and community!”
The festival also drew out rookie vendors like Chef Michael who owns The Pretentious Gourmet, an artisan cookie stand based in Alexandria. It was the Chef’s first time in Beaverdam and he was pleased with how well his cookies were selling. “The weather and the people are fantastic!” said Chef Michael.
If wine isn’t your cup of tea, guests could also enjoy live music or horse drawn carriage rides from the VA Percheron Association. There was something for everyone at the Beaverdam Wine Festival and with hundreds of attendees passing through its gates each year the festival and Beaverdam will always be expanding!