Tourists and locals alike enjoyed cold drinks, local food, live music and more at the Lynchburg Beer, Wine & Cider Festival this weekend.

The event took place on Saturday in Riverfront Park. Attendees were able to choose from over 50 different options of craft beer, ciders and wine. Over 50 local artisans were also present at the festival, along with local food vendors and several bands who performed throughout the day. The festival is operated by OMINE Productions.

“It’s been a great turnout,” Kim Jennings, owner of OMINE Productions, said. “We sold out of tickets online for our advance ticket sales, and we’ve had tickets at the gate, so people have been steadily coming in.”

Food vendors, artisans and other business who set up at the event included Butts Up BBQ, Spreads by Shonda, Tali’s Grill, Upper Crust Pizza, BedCo Hemp Company, Hissy Fittin’ Boutique Three Reasons Home Decore and many more. The Karlee Raye Trio, The Frequency and Mended Fences all performed at the festival.

Among the festival’s many beverage vendors were Apocalypse Ale Works, Bright Meadows Farm, DeVault Vineyards, Three Roads Brewing Co., Virginia Eagle Distributing and Mattaponi Winery.

At previous festivals beer samples were offered, but this year, due to the ongoing pandemic, Jennings and her distributor decided only to sell prepackaged beer at the event. Wine and cider samples were still offered.

Events like the Lynchburg Beer, Wine & Cider Festival provide opportunities for beverage vendors like Janette Evans, owner of Mattaponi Winery, to reach new customers.

Mattaponi Winery’s wines have won awards at the Virginia Wine Showcase, Virginia State Fair, New York International Wine Competition, Riverside International Competition in California and other wine competitions. A long queue waited for samples at their table, as was the case for many vendors at the event, while she described her winery’s strawberry, peach, blackberry, blueberry and other fruit wines, which are made with 100% fruit, rather than simply flavored grapes, and their new wine-tails.

“We just are very excited about our wines,” she said.

The festival provided an opportunity for fun in the sun in Lynchburg, and benefits the community in other ways too.

“Our goal with OMINE Productions is we give back to charities that are in the community,” Jennings said. “We keep all of our money local. And for each event, we choose three to four charities that we donate money to.”

In the past, Jennings said OMINE Productions has donated to the Challenged Sports Exchange and the Vietnam Veterans Association. She said this year’s charities have not been announced yet, but will be posted online once OMINE’s board makes a decision.