Barry Lewis of GrapeFest stopped by KTXS This Morning to talk about the 26th Annual GrapeFest: A Wine Experience.
GrapeFest is the largest wine festival in the Southwest U.S. While attending, people can sip Texas, West Coast, and international wines as well as premium craft beers. There will also be festival food and a "GrapeStomp."
The four-day festival features events such as the People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic, the Champagne Terrace, Culinary Pavilion, GrapeFest Golf Classic, and the GrapeFest Tennis Classic. There is also a Kid Zone area presented by Baylor Regional Medical Center of Grapevine.
The GrapeStomp competition involves two person teams stomping on appproximately 18 pounds of grapes for two minutes throughout the festival. The teams that produce the most juice can compete in the Grand Champion StompOff, and the winning team is awarded the "Purple Foot" Award. The entry fee is $5.
Texas is the fifth largest wine producing state in the U.S. The city of Grapevine is the headquarters of the Texas Wine Industry. Grapevine is named for the wild Mustang grapes that blanketed the land when settlers first arrived to the area in 1844.
GrapeFest takes place from Sept. 13 - 16. Admission is free to everyone all day Thursday and Friday until 5 p.m. For all other times, admission prices are $8 for adults, and $5 for seniors older than 62 and children (ages 6-12). Children five and under are free.
Hours are Thursday 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Weekend passes are available for $18 and souvenir weekend passes are $23.
For more info, visit www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com/GrapeFest