GrapeFest which begins on Thursday, September 11 and runs through Sunday, September 14, 2014, is 28 years old and growing bigger every year. It is the largest wine festival in the Southwest and it takes place right here in the metroplex. The entire city of Grapevine and many of its residence take part in the celebration of wines. There are so many activities and events with this festival that you will have to choose carefully what you want to see most.
There are a plethora of activities and events leading up to GrapeFest. Here are just a few:
- Friday, September 5, 2014 - GrapeFest Golf Classic
- Saturday, September 6, 2014 - Italian CarFest
- Saturday, September 6, 2014 - Texas Wine Tribute
- Monday, September 8, 2014 - Ferrari’s Italian Villa Chop
- Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - Chill Sports Bar & Grill
- Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - Old Hickory (inside Gaylord Texas Resort)
This festival includes live entertainment on five different stages. Check out the line-up HERE. There will even be a special Grapevine Opry Show - “GrapeFest” on Saturday, September 13 at 7:30 pm.
Take part in the GrapeStomp competition. Competitions will take place each day of the festival. This is a very popular event, so sign up early. There are special competitions for Seniors and children. “I Love Lucy” anyone? If stomping grapes is not your forte, then try your hand at the Champagne Cork Shoot-off contest.
There will also be many fun and interactive activities for the little ones at KidsWorld. Make plans to visit the SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium and LEGOLAND Discovery Center areas. And of course, no festival would be complete without carnival rides and midway.
Leave time on your schedule for Friday, September 12 at 5:30 pm or Saturday, September 13 at 7:30 pm to watch as artisans turn blocks of ice into wonderful sculptures. Other artisans will include numerous vendors selling original art.
If you get tired and need to sit a spell, head on over to the Palace for the “Palate Pleasers” for chef demonstrations, food pairing seminars, and more.
Craft and domestic beer will also be be available in addition to a variety of food choices for purchase. This festival has something for everyone.
And of course just as the name suggest, there will be plenty of opportunities for wine tastings throughout the weekend.