The free two-day festival will feature 15 Arizona wineries, a pecan pie contest, beer garden, food trucks, live music and local artisans
CAMP VERDE – The Verde Valley Wine Consortium and the Town of Camp Verde will be co-hosting the 20th Annual Camp Verde Pecan & Wine Festival in Camp Verde on Saturday, March 21 through Sunday, March 22.
Celebrating two of the areas prime tourism draws – wine and pecans – the festival will feature 15 Arizona wineries along with a variety of pecans for pairing. There will be a very competitive pecan pie contest, a Budweiser Beer Garden hosted by the Verde Valley Rangers, food trucks, live music and local artisans.
“What started as a great way to celebrate two local products of the region has turned into an annual tradition that now draws thousands of attendees to our town,” said Michael Marshall, Camp Verde Parks and Recreation Manager. “We now have more wineries than ever, our famous Pecan Pie contest, live music throughout each day and more food and craft vendors – which means we are also expecting our biggest crowds in the festival’s 20-year history.”
The event hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 21 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 22. It will be located in downtown Camp Verde (75 E Hollamon Street, Camp Verde). The two-day festival, sponsored by SRP, Yavapai College and Larry Green Chevrolet, is one of the town’s biggest events of the year.
The 15 Arizona-based wineries that will be in attendance, pouring spring releases by the glass, bottle and case, include:
Burning Tree Cellars
Carlson Creek Vineyard
Four Eight Wine Works
Heart Wood Cellars
Oddity Wine Collective
Page Springs Cellars
Pillsbury Wine Co.
Salt Mine Wine
Southwest Wine Center
Entry to the festival is free. Wine tasting tickets (for attendees 21 and over) are available at an early bird rate of $20 online at Eventbrite.com, or at the door day-of for $25 perperson, which includes a commemorative glass and six wine-tasting tickets. Additional wine-tasting tickets will be available for purchase at the event.