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SML Wine Festival announces new location, music lineup

SML Wine Festival announces new location, music lineup

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People with wine glasses line up for samples during the 25th Annual Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival in 2013.

The Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival will take place at a new location this September, the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday.

Mariners Landing will host the event for 2021 as the wine festival looks to revamp in its 32nd year. The festival was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic but was most recently held at the Crazy Horse Marina. The festival has been based at various locations over the last three decades of operation.

The festival is scheduled for Sept. 25 and 26.

Several nationally acclaimed bands will provide music and entertainment this year, according to a news release from the chamber. Nashville-based bluegrass group The SteelDrivers, soul band St. Paul & The Broken Bones, and a yet-unannounced third band are scheduled to perform. Additional featured bands include a yacht rock band from Richmond — Three Sheets to the Wind — and Empire Strikes Brass, a North Carolina-based funk band.

General admission tickets are $65 per day. VIP tickets and other upgrades are available. Proceeds from the wine festival will go toward programs that promote tourism and business in the lake region.

More information is at smlwinefestival.com.

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