Grapefest events

It’s nearly that time again, one of our favorite times of the year – Grapefest!  The 25th anniversary of the event, themed “A Wine Experience,” is scheduled for next weekend, September 15-18.  We’ll be sharing a few other posts with information to know about Grapefest as the event draws closer, as well as posts and tweets during the festival itself.  Here are some of the events planned.  Some of them need advance tickets and/or reservations, so plan ahead.

People’s choice Wine Tasting Classic – We did this last year for the first time and it was a blast.  For $20 (doesn’t include festival admission – but does include a souvenier glass), you get to spend an hour tasting Texas wines.  You vote on your favorites and the winners will be announced at the end of the festival.  This is the largest consumer-judged wine tasting event in the country.    There are several choices of dates and times:  Thursday and Friday at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.  I highly recommend buying tickets in advance especially if you plan to go at one of the times the festival is more crowded (Saturday).  We went last year with some friends who had not bought advance tickets and they were not able to buy tickets at the door since that tasting was sold out.

Vintner’s Auction Classic – This is a live and silent auction giving you the chance to bid on many fun and exciting “prizes” such as hotel stays, other travel experiences, wine dinners, and winery tours.  The auction will take place on Friday at 6:30 p.m., at the Lancaster Theatre at 300 S. Main Street.  Included in these festivities will be “Bubbles and Baubles,” a new event where you can pay $50 for a glass of champagne that just might contain a diamond worth $4,000.  There will be 99 glasses containing a cubic zirconia and one containing the real thing.  Tickets are $20 in advance.

Texas Wine Tribute – The Texas Wine Tribute is a black tie gala held at the Gaylord Texan.  It includes a reception and dinner as well as silent auction.  Tickets are $125 per person and the event sells out every year, so don’t delay.  This event benefits the Grapevine Heritage Foundation as well as the Texas Wine & Grape Growers’ Association.

Champagne Brunch – This is a special event added this year to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Grapefest.  The brunch will be held in Weem’s Alley between City Hall and the Palace Arts Theater.  Tickets are $32.50 and include fruit, pastries, an omelet station, and other breakfast items, all catered by Main Street Bistro and Bakery.  Of course, also included are mimosas and champagne!  The Champagne Brunch will be held on Saturday and Sunday mornings (Saturday at 10 a.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m.)

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