Welcome Spring with the 17th Annual Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival

As Spring approaches, one of the best events in Sedona Verde Valley is also around the corner. The 17th annual Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival, which includes the Verde Valley’s largest wine tasting, Verde River Runoff Canoe and Kayak Race and the Verde Valley Archaeology Fair is happening next weekend (March 18th-19th).

This event is for all-ages, with live music, 40 vendors, and activities for kids on the Community Field, in Camp Verde’s historic downtown. Come taste the region’s award-winning wines, race your canoe or kayak, and celebrate the rich agricultural history, as well as the rich and ancient cultural heritage of Arizona’s Verde Valley.

The Festival takes place in beautiful and historic Downtown Camp Verde, AZ, at the corner of Main Street and Hollamon Street .There are no entrance fees for the festival, charges apply to wine tasting and race entries. The fun starts at 10:00 am Saturday and Sunday! Here are the different events you can attend:

Pecan and Wine Festival: Featuring wine tasting from 14 of the valley’s premier wineries along with 60+ food and craft vendors. Member Wineries will be pouring samples and selling their award winning wines by the glass, by the bottle and by the case! For only $15 you will receive a commemorative Wine Glass and 6 Wine Tasting Tickets. Join us for the largest wine tasting event in Arizona’s Wine Country. The local food vendors will be selling homemade pecan pies, cookies, and other delicious specialties.

Verde Valley Archaeology Fair: Hosted by the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, this popular family event includes activities surrounding Arizona State Parks’ Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month, the International Archaeology Film Festival and the Festival of American Indian Art.

Verde River Runoff Canoe and Kayak Race: this is a five or ten-mile kayak, canoe and stand-up boarder race and fun run. This popular event draws novice and seasoned paddlers alike. Snow has been good up the hill so we hope for good river levels. Besides being a lot of fun, proceeds go to conservation efforts for the threatened Verde River and outdoor recreation in the Verde Valley.

Fort Verde State Historic Park is right next-door and will be sponsoring Vintage Baseball and an Ancient Indian Technology Display. Native Americans fashioned a variety of tools to help them survive the great American wilderness. Learn about ancient Indian technology they used, as well as the history of the Fort.

We hope to see you this weekend for a weekend full of fun activities!