Last weekend was the annual GrapeFest in Grapevine, Texas. It was a girls’ weekend with my daughter.
The GrapeFest begins on Friday night in downtown Grapevine and runs through Sunday for one ticket price of $8.00. Parking is hard to come by and expensive so we took the bus from the Grapevine mall to downtown. These buses run every 15 minutes and are free. It’s the way to go.
We planned to try the grape stomp but waited for my daughter’s friend to join us on Saturday. That was a mistake. We couldn’t get in after the crowds hit on Saturday! But the grape stomp is a contest to see how much juice you and your partner can stomp (in a bucket). It was a timed event and there was even one for kids. Your team of two people must have a “G” rated name and they compete against three other teams. After the stomp, juice is measured and one team comes away as the winner. I don’t know if there was a prize other than just knowing your can stomp better than most people.
We stood in line at the champagne tent a couple of times. You can pick your champagne from various grapes and for $5.00 you get a glass full champagne and can keep the glass! There was also an Italian Wine tent that cost $14.00 and you received 4 wine samplings and the glass.
You could visit other wineries and tents and pay for a glass of wine, but they were in a plastic glass. Many people carried their glass around and dumped the plastic one into the glass one.
We had dinner Saturday night at the Rainforest Café in the Grapevine Mall and were amazed at the jungle atmosphere. Lightening crackled, gorillas beat their chests, and elephants trumpeted the arrival of the storm. The bar was a huge mushroom and there were lots of aquariums. The gift shop was a big as the restaurant. Oh, and the food was good too!
If you are bored next fall visit the Grapevine, Texas GrapeFest! But go on Friday night or Saturday morning, it won’t be so busy.