Last year's inaugural Blue Ridge Trout Fest & Outdoor Adventures event was a big success, and this year is expected to be bigger and better. A celebration of trout fishing and the magic of outdoor living and recreation in the Trout Capital of Georgia centers upon north Georgia when the Blue Ridge Trout Fest & Outdoor Adventures comes to the city of Blue Ridge the last weekend in April.
The event—showcased among the ridges, peaks and trout waters of the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains just 90 minutes north of Atlanta—casts special attention upon trout fishing in the cold-water streams and rivers of Fannin County, while reaching out to outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds who enjoy unlimited opportunities to participate locally in outdoor recreation in the southern reach of the Appalachian Mountains.
Blue Ridge Trout Fest & Outdoor Adventures opens on the evening of April 28 with the High County Boil, a special fundraising dinner hosted by Mercier Orchards. This evening will feature great food, drinks, a silent auction and live entertainment. Dinner includes a bowl of tasty seafood, meat, and vegetables that includes corn, potatoes, sausage, and shrimp. Your entree is accompanied with salad, crusty bread, iced tea, and dessert. A limited number of chicken dishes are available for those with seafood allergies. Dinner tickets must be pre-purchased by going to www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2723037.
On Saturday morning, April 29, at 10 a.m., Blue Ridge city park will transform into the Breakout Marketplace. Local outfitters and fishing guides, fishing gear and tackle reps, kayaks, hiking clubs, mountain bikers/cyclists, whitewater outfitters and an impressive list of local experts in all things outdoor gather from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Live music provides entertainment. Food and beverage vendors will be on hand, too, to satisfy every appetite.
Admission is $5 for adults, and children under 12 are free. For information about sponsorships, vendor applications, event details and more, please visit BlueRidgeTroutFest.com.