I found a nice article today on the success of Grapefest 2011. Among the highlights:
- Record-breaking numbers of turkey legs and roasted corn on the cob were sold (A curious statistic of fair food).
- Attendance was down somewhat from 2010, probably because of Friday night’s rain. We were there and it was a monsoon. A light drizzle is one thing but a soaking downpour definitely will keep people at home.
- Only four arrests for alcohol-related offenses, which isn’t bad and underscores the safe and relatively crime-free area that is Grapevine.
- People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic winners were published (this was previously seen on the GrapeFest website). Personally I was glad to see winners from among wineries I am particularly fond of, such as Llano Estacado and Lightcatcher. (On another note, I worked as a volunteer wine server this year and it is amazing how many people pronounced Llano as “lano” instead of “yah-no.” I told someone I was going to revoke their Texan cards).
- Perhaps most interesting, the $4,000 diamond that was in one of 100 glasses of champagne bought for $50 each, is still at large. 99 of the glasses had a cubic zirconia and one a real diamond. Organizers think the person might be from out of town and had it authenticated elsewhere – but what if they didn’t? I really should have invested the $50. OK, perhaps “invested” is using the term loosely, but 1 in 100 doesn’t sound like bad odds all things considered. Better than the lottery, anyway.
Grapefest 2012 is scheduled for the same week next year. Our calendar is marked.