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35th Annual Grapefest® – A Texas Wine Experience Offers Free Admission for Opening Day Only on Thursday, Sept. 16

Raise a glass and celebrate wine at Grapevine’s 35th Annual GrapeFest – A Texas Wine Experience , presented by Bank of the West, September 16, 17, 18 and 19. This year’s theme, Texas Wine: Come and Taste It! invites you to sip your way through delicious wines from Texas and from guest wineries from South Australia’s Barossa Valley and California’s Napa Valley. For up-to-the-minute schedule and event information, visit GrapeFest.com.

Today (Thursday) ONLY: FREE ADMISSION! 11am – 9pm

Special Event:

Thursday, September 16:

Sister Cities Friendship Hall dedication takes place at 11:30 a.m. at the Settlement to City Museums, located at 206 W. Hudgins St. This new community and event venue features artifacts and photographs of Grapevine’s Sister Cities: Parras de la Fuente, Mexico; Krems, Austria; and West Lothian, Scotland.

FESTIVAL EVENTS

People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic, the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the nation, features more than 30 Texas wines and is located at the Cotton Belt Railroad District (705 S. Main St.).

  • Thursday, September 16: VIP Session at 5 p.m.; Session 2 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, September 17: 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 18: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 19: 1 p.m., 3 p.m.  Awards Presentation at 5 p.m.

Liberty Park Plaza Wine Experience sponsored by Gaylord Texan Resort features wines from South Australia’s Barossa Valley and California’s Napa Valley, located in Liberty Park (215 S. Main St.).

  • Thursday, September 16: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday, September 17: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 18: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 19: Noon to 6 p.m.

Champagne Terrace, sponsored by DFW Hilton Lakes features champagne and sparking wine under the shade of the oak trees and is the ideal setting to enjoy a glass of premium bubbly. Champagne Terrace is located in Weem’s Alley (between Palace Arts Center and City Hall).

  • Thursday, September 16: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday, September 17: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 18: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 19: Noon to 6 p.m.

GrapeStomp invites teams of two tow stomp 18 pounds of grapes for two minutes to see how much grape juice they can produce. Winners earn  the highly- coveted Purple Foot Award. GrapeStomp located at Main Street and Wall Street.

  • Thursday, September 16: every half hour 4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., daily Stomp-Off at 8 p.m.
  • Friday, September 17: every half hour 2 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., daily Stomp-Off at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 18:  every half hour 2 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., daily Stomp-Off at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 19:  every half hour 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., daily Stomp-Off 3:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 19: Grand Champion Stomp-Off at 4 p.m.
  • Mayoral GrapeStomp occurs on Sunday, September 19 at 11 a.m. and will feature teams from across North Texas.

Champagne Cork Shoot-Off, sponsored by Texas Gun Experience, invites participants to test their accuracy shooting a cork from a champagne bottle.

  • Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 11 – 11:30 a.m.; Noon – 12:30 p.m.; 2:30- 3 p.m.; 5-5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 19: 11:30 a.m. – Noon; 2 -2:30 p.m.; 4:30- 5 p.m.;
  • Champagne Cork Shoot-Off Championship: Sunday, September 19 5 -5:30 p.m.  

LIVE MUSIC

Live Music will play non-stop on four stages during the festival.

For Thursday, September 16:

  • Grapevine Mills Stage: MurLoh 1 – 6 p.m.; Journey Tribute Band Escape – 7:30 p.m.
  • Liberty Park Plaza Stage: K Ellingson Group – 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Town Square Gazebo Stage: Josh Christopher Davis Band – 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m.  and Chaz Marie Band 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Peace Plaza at Grapevine Main Station: Rob Holbert Group starting at 6 p.m.

Remembering Our Fallen Photographic Memorial by Patriotic Productionsis in Grapevine to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 will be located at Main Street and College Street.   

GALLERIES

Tower Gallery at 636 S. Main Street features the “Festival of Grapes” art show.

Faust Event Center hosts the Grapevine Art Project’s “Artists Uncorked.”

THROUGHOUT THE FESTIVAL

The 35th Annual GrapeFest – A Texas Wine Experience opens on Thursday, September 16 at 11 a.m. Admission for everyone is free all day on Thursday.  Festival hours are Thursday, September 16 from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday, September 17 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Saturday, September 18 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; and Sunday September 19 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Admission prices are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors (62+) and children (6-12). Admission is free for children 5 and under. Credit cards and cash will be accepted at booths and various locations throughout the festival. Paper coupons will be used throughout the festival for various purchases and activities. For more information, call the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau at 817-410-3185 or visit GrapeFest.com.

Experience “Texas Wine: Come and Taste It!” at People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic During Grapevine’s 35th Annual Grapefest®

Celebrate Texas wine and participate in the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic at the 35th Annual GrapeFest, presented by Bank of the West on September 16 – 19. This year’s theme, Texas Wine: Come and Taste It! invites you to sip your way through delicious wines from Texas.

One of the signature and most popular GrapeFest events, The People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic, is the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the United States and features more than 30 Texas wineries pouring more than 130 wines. The competition offers eleven 90-minute sessions throughout the weekend, with wines being judged in 10 categories. Winners are announced and awards are presented on Sunday, September 19 at 5 p.m. in the People’s Choice Pavilion at its new location in the Cotton Belt Railroad District (705 S. Main St.). Cheese offered at this event is donated by Southwest Dairy Farmers. This is a separate ticketed event. Tickets are $23 in advance. Starting at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 16 tickets will be $25. Guests must be 21+ to enter.

New this year is a VIP two-hour tasting on Thursday, September 16 at 5 p.m. for $45 per ticket. This event includes light hors d’oeuvres and a souvenir wine glass.

As the fifth-largest wine producing state in the United States, the Lone Star State’s sunny, dry climate has is ideal for wine production. The first vineyard established in North America began deep in the heart of Texas. In 1662 Franciscan priests planted the first vines, followed by European settlers who planted grapevine cuttings and further developed the Texas wine industry through the 1800s. Today Texas is home to more than 4,000 acres of producing vineyard farmland across diverse wine-growing regions.

The state boasts eight American Viticultural Areas (AVA): Texas High Plains, Escondido Valley, Texas Hill Country, Bell Mountain, Fredericksburg, Mesilla Valley, Texas Davis Mountains and Texoma. Harvest time in Texas is normally around the end of July, two months earlier than in California and three months earlier than most of the wine regions in France.

Texas has 310 wineries that range from small producers who concentrate on tourism for the majority of their sales to large wineries who have developed state, national and international markets. The Texas wine industry contributes more than $1.83 billion in economic impact.

Texas wineries participating in GrapeFest include: Descarado Winery, Landon Winery, Valle della Pace Vineyards & Winery, Llano Estacado Winery, Rancho Loma Vineyards, Tara Vineyard & Winery, LLC, Red Road Vineyard Winery, 4R Ranch Vineyards & Winery, Silver Dollar Winery, Bingham Family Vineyards, Messina Hof Winery, Checkered Past Winery, O’Farrell Country Vineyards, Firelight Vineyards, Lost Oak Winery, Lucky Vines Vineyard & Winery, Bluff Dale Vineyards, Deschain Cellars, Blue OStrich Winery & Vineyard, Haak Vineyards and Winery, Watson Vineyard, Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards, White Fox Vineyards, Four I’s Winery, Bull Lion Ranch & Vineyard and Domaine des Hospitalieres LLC/ H-Wines.


ADMISSION

The 35th Annual GrapeFest opens on Thursday, September 16 at 11 a.m. Admission for everyone is free all day on Thursday. Festival hours are Thursday, September 16 from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday, September 17 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Saturday, September 18 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; and Sunday September 19 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Admission prices are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors (62+) and children (6-12). Admission is free for children 5 and under. Credit cards and cash will be accepted at booths and various locations throughout the festival. Paper coupons will be used throughout the festival for various purchases and activities. For more information, call the Grapevine Convention & Visitors
Bureau at 817-410-3185 or visit GrapeFest.com.

Experience “A Taste of Two Valleys” at Grapevine’s 35th Annual Grapefest® – A Texas Wine Experience

Celebrate wine at the 35th Annual GrapeFest – A Texas Wine Experience, presented by Bank of the West, September 16, 17, 18 and 19. Experience a “Taste of Two Valleys” with unique and exquisite wines from South Australia’s Barossa Valley and California’s Napa Valley. This event will be located inside the Liberty Park Plaza Wine Tasting Experience, sponsored by Gaylord Texan Resort. Enjoy live music during this one-of-a-kind, separate ticketed event. 

Explore the wines of South Australia’s Barossa Valley which is home to more than 500 grape growing families, many with the sixth generation still working the same plot of land as their ancestors. 

These families supply quality grapes to over 170 wine companies. Wine has been a way of life in Barossa since the 1840s, and the region incorporates both Barossa Valley and Eden Valley, making it one of the only areas in Australia to have neighboring warm and cool climate growing conditions. With such a diversity of growing conditions and soil types across both valleys, and vineyards that have been tended by hand for many generations. GrapeFest guests will be certain to find a favorite Barossa Valley wine at this year’s event. Participating wineries from South Australia’s Barossa Valley include Yalumba, Chateau Tanunda, Torbreck Vitners, Langmeil Winery and Heathvale Wines. 

Grapevine is pleased to welcome Australian Consul-General and Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner Mr. Benson Igua Saulo to GrapeFest. Mr. Saulo, based in Houston and the first indigenous person to be appointed as an Australian Consul-General, is a descendant of the Wemba Wemba and Gunditjmara Indigenous nations of Western Victoria, and the New Ireland Province in Papua New Guinea. Saulo has a background in banking, investments and social impact. 

Mr. Saulo became the founding director of the National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy (NIYLA), which engages young Indigenous Australians to develop and drive youth-led social action campaigns relating to suicide prevention, climate change, mental health and welcoming refugee and asylum seekers. Mr. Saulo has participated in the U.S. State Department’s International Leaders Program and has been recognized as a finalist for Young Australian of the Year (VI). He has also earned the Australian Human Rights Commission Medal for Youth and the 2012 NAIDOC Youth of the Year Award, recognizing emerging Indigenous leaders. Additionally, he has been an Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations and has represented Australian youth at the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. 

Mr. Stuart Nutting, South Australia Department for Trade and Investment (DTI) Regional Director, Americas – New York, and Ms. Regina Johnson, South Australia DTI Deputy Director also will be attending GrapeFest as well as meeting with wine distributors, retailers and other businesses of interest to South Australia. South Australia winemakers and exporters work to add value to food processing supply chains as well as research and development in food and agribusiness. 

Sip your way through the wines of California’s Napa Valley. Known for its hundreds of hillside vineyards, Napa Valley is home to more than 475 wineries and more than 40 different grape varieties. At only 30 miles long and five miles wide at its widest point, the Napa Valley is a unique wine growing region with a complex tapestry of vineyard locations. The valley’s topography and soil diversity changes as you travel through its diverse terrain which ranges from estuarine flats and gentle hills to the sheer walls of the Palisades at the foot of Mount St. Helena to the forested Mayacamas Mountains. Due to its unique geographic position between the cold Pacific Ocean and the warm Central Valley, a wide variety of climatic conditions exist within this small, contiguous area that are perfectly suited to producing a great variety of world-class wine grapes. Its unique attributes mean distinctiveness in every glass. Participating California Napa Valley wineries include Bootleg, Trefethen, The Hess Collection, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and Kerr Cellars. 

ABOUT GRAPEFEST – TEXAS WINE. COME AND TASTE IT! 

GrapeFest is a celebration of Texas wines. Home to more than 400 wineries and 4,400 acres of vineyards producing nearly three million gallons of Texas wine each year, Texas is the fifth-largest wine producing state in the United States. Grapevine is home to the Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association and Texas’ premier Urban Wine Trail, featuring a variety of award-winning winery tasting rooms. 

The 35th Annual GrapeFest opens on Thursday, September 16 at 11 a.m. Admission for everyone is free all day on Thursday. Festival hours are Thursday, September 16 from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday, September 17 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Saturday, September 18 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; and Sunday September 19 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Admission prices are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors (62+) and children (6-12). Admission is free for children 5 and under. For more information, call the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau at 817-410-3185 or visit GrapeFest.com.

Rev Your Engines for ItalianCarFest™

Fiats, Ferraris and Lamborghinis, oh my! Take in the sleek craftsmanship and quality of Italian automotive ingenuity at ItalianCarFestTM, presented by Boardwalk Auto Group on September 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

More than 90 modern and classic Italian vehicles will be on display at this free event, hosted by the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Italian Car Club of North Texas.

This event kicks off the 35th Annual GrapeFest® – A Texas Wine Experience, presented by Bank of the West, running September 16, 17, 18 and 19. Alfa Romeos, Lamborghinis, Maseratis, Siatas, Lancias and more will be on display.

Come experience the largest show of premier Italian automobiles in the southwest. Free tours of Nash Farm will also take place. Refreshments, including beer, wine, soft drinks, and Italian food provided by Chez Fabien and Main Street Bistro will be available for purchase.

WHEN:           Saturday, September 11, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

WHERE:         Nash Farm, located at 626 Ball St.  Grapevine, TX 76051

For more information, visit the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau or the Italian Car Club of North Texas.

Peace Circle Art Installation Unveiled at Grapefest®

Photo Courtesy of Grapevine CVB

WHAT:  The Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce the unveiling of the “Peace Circle” public art installation, an interpretation of the meeting of Republic of Texas President Sam Houston and 10 American Indian chiefs/ captains on the Grape Vine Prairie in 1843. Sam Houston and the tribal leaders met in a spirit of friendship, peace, hope and trust in an effort to establish a place – a line that would not be crossed – where the tribes could live in peace.  The Peace Circle meeting later lead to the signing of the Treaty of Bird’s Fort on September 29, 1843.

The installation features11 bronze statues standing 1.25 times life size, representing Republic of Texas President Sam Houston and American Indian chiefs/ captains from the Delaware, Chickasaw, Waco, Tawakoni, Keechi, Caddo, Anadarko, Ioni, Biloxi and Cherokee nations.  

The City of Grapevine commissioned Grapevine artist-in-residence Linda Lewis to recreate the moment of this historic meeting on the Grape Vine Prairie.  Lewis, along with members of the Peace Circle Advisory Committee, thoroughly researched Sam Houston and the American Indian representations to ensure their accuracy. The statue of Sam Houston depicts him as he was dressed in that final meeting – wearing his velvet, fox-embroidered suit, his silver spurs and an Indian blanket thrown over his shoulders. Each chief’s physical attributes and the finest details of their 1843 clothing were developed from consulting tribal members, studying photographs, paintings and/or relatives to ensure that the representations are accurate to each tribe. This information has been approved by the tribal nations they represent. The installation will be placed near the intersection of Main Street and Dallas Road in Historic Downtown Grapevine.

The art installation dedication will consist of representatives from the tribal nations, the Sam Houston Memorial Museum and members of the advisory committee.  Though the Comanches were invited but did not attend the original Peace Circle meeting on the Grape Vine Prairie, they will be attending the “Peace Circle” unveiling ceremony.

Some of the dedication events will include Comanche drum music led by June Sovo, Comanche Nation; Sia Eagle display and presentation by co-founder Bill Volker, Comanche Nation; the “Wyandotte Thanksgiving Address,” the words before all else, shared by Sallie Cotter Andrews, Wyandotte Nation; a Smoke Ceremony and Blessing by Eddie Sandoval, Apache Nation; presentation of the American, Texas and tribal flags with a Comanche flag song and more.  

WHEN:  Saturday, September 18 Dedication Ceremony from approximately 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. with festivities from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. during the 35th Annual GrapeFest® – A Texas Wine Experience, presented by Bank of the West

WHERE: Peace Plaza at Grapevine Main Station, located at 815 S. Main St. 

PEACE CIRCLE ADVISORY COMMITTEE:
Paul W. McCallum, Executive Director, Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau; Dr. Sam Haynes, Professor and Director, Center for Greater Southwestern Studies, The University of Texas at Arlington; Matt Reed, Pawnee Nation, Pawnee, Oklahoma; Eddie Sandoval, Apache Nation, Fort Worth; Leslie Thunderhawk, Rosebud Sioux Nation, Duncanville; Sallie Cotter Andrews, Wyandotte Nation, Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau; Cody Jolliff, Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau; and Linda Lewis, Artist, Grapevine Founder

INDIAN NATIONS ADVISORS: 
Delaware Nation, Sonnie Allen; Chickasaw Nation, Laura A. Stewart; Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, Gary McAdams; Caddo Nation, Derek Hill; Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, John Barbry; Cherokee Nation, Elizabeth Toombs;Mount Tabor Indian Community, Rusk County, J. C. Thompson.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Grapevine artist-in-residence, Linda Lewis, born in Lubbock, Texas, received her art education in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Utilizing detailed research by the Peace Circle Advisory Committee, Lewis has created and overseen the production of “Peace Circle” at the Grapevine Foundry located in the Cotton Belt Railroad Historic District, 701 S. Main St. For more than five years, she has been the owner/operator of the Grapevine Foundry and Fine Arts Program, bringing two decades of experience working with bronze to Main Street. She also is an art instructor, does mold making, wax working, sand blasting, bronze casting, welding and patina finishing.

ABOUT GRAPEVINE, TEXAS:

Historic Grapevine, Texas, centrally located between Dallas and Fort Worth, is the premier go-to destination when planning a getaway or vacation in North Texas! Step back in time on Historic Downtown Main Street with a collection of charming boutiques, art galleries and bistros and cafes. Enjoy fantastic hotels and resorts, great attractions for the entire family, a wide variety of outdoor recreational activities, exquisite winery tasting rooms, world-class shopping and much more. For more information, visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com.

Rock Legends Berlin & Asia Set to Headline Grapefest Sept. 16 – 19

Get ready to rock out at the 35th Annual GrapeFest® – A Texas Wine Experience, presented by Bank of the West! On September 16, 17, 18 and 19, festival attendees will experience non-stop live music on four stages during the four days of family-friendly festival fun. 

Friday, September 17 musical headliners include AshenMoon featuring Garry Beers of INXS starting at 7:30 p.m. and BERLIN featuring Terri Nunn starting at 9:30 p.m. 

Saturday, September 18 musical headliners include Stray Cats’ Slim Jim Phantom starting at 7:30 p.m. and Asia featuring John Payne starting at 9:30 p.m. 

Additional live music performances and entertainment will occur all day each day throughout the festival. Visitors will also enjoy a carnival midway and a shopper’s paradise at local Main Street boutiques, galleries and select vendors. 

The 35th Annual GrapeFest opens on Thursday, September 16 at 11 a.m. Admission for everyone is free all day on Thursday. Festival hours are Thursday, September 16 from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday, September 17 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Saturday, September 18 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; and Sunday September 19 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Admission prices are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors (62+) and children (6-12). Admission is free for children 5 and under. For more information, call the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau at 817-410-3185 or visit GrapeFest.com

ABOUT GRAPEFEST – TEXAS WINE. COME AND TASTE IT! 

GrapeFest is a celebration of Texas wines. This year’s theme, Texas Wine. Come and Taste It! invites you to sip your way through delicious wines from Texas. This year’s festival guest wineries from California’s Napa Valley and South Australia’s Barossa Valley will also be serving wines to suit every palate. Home to more than 400 wineries and 4,400 acres of vineyards producing nearly three million gallons of Texas wine each year, Texas is the fifth-largest wine producing state in the United States. Grapevine is home to the Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association and Texas’ premier Urban Wine Trail, featuring a variety of award-winning winery tasting rooms. 

ABOUT BANK OF THE WEST 

Bank of the West is proud to be an Independent Community Bank, headquartered in Grapevine and serving North Texas for more than three decades, helping to create flourishing communities by putting your dollars to work LOCALLY…with decisions made LOCALLY. Bank of the West, Member FDIC, is the Presenting Sponsor of the 35th Annual GrapeFest – A Texas Wine Experience. 

ABOUT GRAPEVINE, TEXAS 

Historic Grapevine, Texas, centrally located between Dallas and Fort Worth, is the premier go-to destination when planning a getaway or vacation in North Texas! Step back in time on Historic Downtown Main Street with a collection of charming boutiques, art galleries and bistros and cafes. Enjoy fantastic hotels and resorts, great attractions for the entire family, a wide variety of outdoor recreational activities, exquisite winery tasting rooms, world-class shopping and much more. For more information, visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com

GrapeFest, the largest wine festival in the Southwest U.S., will be held Sept. 16, 17, 18 and 19

Photo Courtesy of the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau 

The 35th Annual GrapeFest – A Texas Wine Experience will be held September 16, 17, 18 and 19 in Historic Downtown Grapevine.

The Grapevine Convention & Visitor’s Bureau welcomes Steve and Maggie Haley as GrapeFest Committee Co-Chairs for the 35th Annual GrapeFest – A Texas Wine Experience – presented by Bank of the West. This year’s theme, Texas Wine: Come and Taste It! invites you to sip your way through delicious wines from Texas and guest wineries from California’s Napa Valley and South Australia’s Barossa Valley on September 16, 17, 18 and 19.

The largest wine festival in the Southwest U.S., GrapeFest offers four days of family-friendly festival fun with live music and entertainment on four stages, a carnival midway and a shopper’s paradise at local Main Street boutiques, galleries and select vendors. Other festival highlights are the largest consumer-judged wine competition the Southwest, GrapeStomp, ItalianCarFest, and much more!

For up-to-the-minute event and schedule information, visit GrapeFest.com.

ABOUT GRAPEFEST – A TEXAS WINE EXPERIENCE

GrapeFest is a celebration of Texas wines. Home to more than 400 wineries and 4,400 acres of vineyards producing nearly three million gallons of Texas wine each year, Texas is the fifth-largest wine producing state in the United States. Grapevine is home to the Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association and Texas’ premier Urban Wine Trail, featuring a variety of award-winning winery tasting rooms.

GRAPEVINE’S 34th ANNUAL GRAPEFEST® FESTIVAL CANCELED

107998385_10157129025206968_5506700586486693291_oGRAPEVINE, TEXAS – (July 13, 2020) – In support of State of Texas and the City of Grapevine’s guidelines and procedures to stem the spread of COVID-19, the 34th Annual GrapeFest – A Texas Wine Experience has been canceled. “We made the difficult decision to cancel the festival,” said Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director, Paul W. McCallum. “Citing concerns for the safety of attendees, volunteers, staff, sponsors and vendors.”

The greatly anticipated annual festival is the largest wine festival in the Southwest and was to be held on Grapevine’s Historic Main Street District September 17, 18, 19 and 20, 2020. This annual four day festival attracts more than 260,000 visitors.

“GrapeFest is one of Grapevine’s marquee festivals that we take great pride in showcasing not only for the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, but to visitors from around the world,” said Steve and Maggie Haley, 34th Annual GrapeFest Co-Chairpersons. They further added “We want to thank our volunteers, 38 civic and service charitable organizations, sponsors and vendors. We now must look forward to GrapeFest 2021.”

This year would have marked the 34th Annual GrapeFest-A Texas Wine Experience, presented by Bank of the West. Each year the city bands together to plan four days of family-friendly festival fun where residents and visitors sip and sample premium Texas wines and champagne while enjoying live entertainment, festival food and so much more. Throughout the event, guests would participate in the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic the largest, consumer-judged wine competition in the United States that showcased 45 Texas wineries pouring 162 wines. In addition, 240 wines are featured from around the country and world.

For more information on Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau and for business and event updates relating to COVID-19, please visit grapevinetexasusa.com or call the Convention and visitors Bureau at  (800) 457-6338.

Short-term rentals prompt cities to action

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Airbnb listings for an entire home in Grapevine have increased from 5 to 58 from October 2014 to August 2018. (Sources: AirDna, cities of Colleyville, Grapevine, Southlake/Community Impact Newspaper)

The city of Grapevine in mid-September issued approximately 77 residents a cease-and-desist letter concerning their Airbnbs and other short-term vacation rental properties after the city revisited an ordinance aimed at preserving local homeowners’ quality of life.

This letter informed property owners that short-term rentals, or STRs, are illegal in the city of Grapevine and have been since 1982, with more specific language added to this ordinance in 2000. A Sept. 4 Grapevine City Council meeting affirmed this prohibition with a unanimous council vote. The letter said STR property owners have until Oct. 22 to terminate rentals or be faced with a $2,000 fine for each day of operation.

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Grapevine Chamber is looking for Grapefest Volunteers

GrapeFest

Volunteering at GrapeFest is a blast! 

What a great way to build teamwork and leadership skills, make new contacts and see old friends! The whole community pitches in to make GrapeFest such a success. Invite friends and family to join your crew. 

When: September 14 – 16, 2018

Where: Downtown Grapevine

For more information: Email Mary Jo at maryjo@grapevinechamber.org or call 817-481-1522. 

Available Opportunities:

Concessions Trailer:

  • Thursday, 9/13, 1 PM – 4:45 PM – 4 volunteers
  • Friday, 9/14, 8 PM – 11:45 PM – 6 volunteers
  • Saturday, 9/15, 8 PM – 11:45 PM – 8 volunteers
  • Sunday, 9/16, 2 PM – 6 PM – 6 volunteers

Beer Booths:

  • Sunday, 9/16, 11:45 AM – 3 PM – 4 volunteers
  • Sunday, 9/16, 2:45 – 6 PM – 16 volunteers

Benefits:

  • Free admission to the festival
  • Food from Chamber’s concessions
  • Marketing for your company. Wear company shirts and caps
  • Signage with your company name (must fill all volunteer slots per a shift)
  • Main stage location with great music and crowds

 

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