It is time again for the amazingly fun annual Grapevine GrapeFest!
In fact, this is the 37th iteration of this fantastic event, and it just keeps getting better every year. This really is one of our favorite events of the year, because it offers tons of fun for everyone in your family or a really fantastic date night. Of course, there’s gallons of wine for mom, dad, and the grandparents to try, but there’s also fun and games for the kiddos, non-stop live music, great food and a very affordable admission fee.
The festival begins Thursday the 14th and runs through Sunday the 17th. During that time the bubbly will flow at Champagne Terrace sponsored by Hilton DFW Lakes. Wine aficionados can experience internationally recognized wineries from Barossa, Australia, and Napa Valley at the Liberty Park Plaza International Wine Experience sponsored by Gaylord Texan Resort. It’s rosé all day at the all-new Rosé Rendezvous at the Gazebo featuring rosé varietals from Messina Hof Winery, Landon Winery, and Llano Estacado Winery. Of course, there will be The People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic sponsored by Audi Grapevine. This is the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the country featuring all Texas wines. Judges, i.e., guests of the festival, take part in 90-minute sessions and will decide the winners of the gold, silver, and bronze awards.
There will be several entertaining and educational workshops to attend; including the very popular charcuterie workshop, teaching those who attend how to put together the perfect cheese and meat board for entertaining. The Barossa Wine Walkabout seminar features a guided flight of Riesling and Shiraz. Guests will receive their Barossa Adventure Certification and in turn, become ambassadors of one of the premier wine regions of the world. At the all-new Texas Wine and Wicks, guests will enjoy two glasses of Texas wine while learning how to create an organic candle that they can take home and enjoy long after the festival. If that’s a little too tame, perhaps the Grape Stomp competition and the Champagne Cork Shoot-Off is more your speed.
As mentioned, this is a family friendly event. There will be live music on four stages all four days with two major headliners, country star and songwriter David Lee Murphy and pop vocalists Carnie and Wendy Wilson of Wilson Phillips fame. The winery tasting rooms and locally owned boutiques and restaurants along Main Street will be open for business, while unique vendors and artisans will be in the center of Main Street, along with delicious festival foods featuring everything from corn dogs and funnel cakes to international delights. There will be a Kid Zone, Carnival Midway, and pickleball courts, too.
This is also a very special weekend for the City of Grapevine as they will add Barossa Valley, Australia, to their list of Sister Cities. A delegation from Barossa Valley will be on hand to sign the official Sister Cities Accords as well as delegations from Grapevine’s other Sister Cities, Parras de la Fuente, Mexico; Krems, Austria; and West Lothian, Scotland. To mark this special occasion Grapevine and Barossa have teamed up with Qantas Airways, to offer a once-in-a-lifetime trip to visit Australia. Keep your eyes peeled for the Qantas promotional booth at the festival to sign up to win!
Tickets to GrapeFest are on sale now! As for admission, Thursday is complimentary as is Friday before 5pm. Then it’s only $10 for adults and $5 for kids and seniors. Head to GrapeFest.com to learn more about the experience, and Grapevine makes planning your visit super easy at GrapevineTexasUSA.com.