By: Katie Austin
As the summer winds down and the kids get ready to go back to school, are you looking for something to do with the family that is fun, outdoors and easy on the budget? What about grape stomping? Ok, you are probably thinking that I have lost my mind or meant to type something else…LOL. Actually, that’s not a typo! I learned of a wonderful event taking place this month and wanted to pass along the information to you.
Earlier this summer, we went on an adventure with our closest friends to Charleston, SC where we stumbled across a hidden treasure, Irvin House Vineyards. I had never been to a vineyard before and was eager to see one in person (as well as sample some of their wines – yum!) Our visit exceeded expectations. Not only was the vineyard beautiful, as you can see in the picture below, but the place had a family feel. There were wine & Firefly Vodka tastings, a food vendor, live music and just an all-around great atmosphere. This is where we learned of their annual festival.
Grab your best Lucy costume and get ready to stomp some grapes for Irvin House Vineyards’ Annual Grape Stomping Festival scheduled for Saturday, August 24, 2013 from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. Admission is only $10.00 per car!! Plan to join in the yearly harvest and stomping of the grapes at Charleston’s only winery located at 6775 Bears Bluff Road on Wadmalaw Island. Bring your own lawn chairs or a blanket to picnic on their lawn and make a day of it!
The highlight of the Grape Stomping Festival is the Lucy Look-A-Like Contest, where “I Love Lucy” Fans will get their chance to don their best Lucy costume and reenact the famous 1956 episode of “I Love Lucy” when Lucy takes a job in a vineyard and stomps grapes. Along with the Lucy Look-A-Like Contest, a new contest has been added to bring out competitors who aren’t afraid to get a little dirty. The contest will consist of teams of two who will compete in a grape stomping contest to see who can produce the most juice from 20 lbs. of grapes in three minutes.
Here are a few things you can expect to see:
- Lucy Look-Alike Contest
- Grape Stomping and Wine Tasting
- Local Craft Vendors
- Jump Castle, Face Painting, and Hula Hoops for the Little Stompers
- Famous Frozen Wine-a-Ritas
If you are interested in attending, be sure to visit their website: http://irvinhousevineyards.com/grapestomp.php
Wishing everyone a wonderful day and happy grape stomping! 🙂