Mark your calendars for this year’s Grapefest! Now on its 32nd year, this four-day festival held in Grapevine, Texas, holds the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the U.S., among so many other unique wine events and experiences. Loaded with fascinating wines, foodie offerings, music, and carnival activities, this is a great festival for wine lovers in the Texas area and beyond.
Grapefest runs from September 13th to 16th this year, so free your schedule on these dates, and make sure to purchase tickets ahead of time. Single-day admission ranges from $5 to $8. You can also pick up tickets for special events like the Carnival Ride Pass, Golf Classic, and many more activities and events.
What’s not to love about music and wine? Sip your favorite drink while letting the music consume you. The line-up of performers along the three Grapevine stages is seriously worth the mention. Every music lover will find something they like among the diverse musical genres that will grace the stage―from jazz to country to modern funk to classic rock. So if you’re a wine fanatic/music buff, get ready for an epic festival.
This fest is full of inspiring new pairings to try for all you wino-foodies out there (which, let’s be honest, describes most of us.) Aside from the usual carnival treats of both the savory and sweet variety—think turkey legs, corn dogs, snow cones, and funnel cake, try a waffle on a stick from B&R Waffle Bar, chicken croquets from Brazilian Chef, alligator sausage from Ms. Piggy’s Catering, assorted macaroni and cheeses from Nomadic Noodle, chocolate covered strawberry kabobs from The Original Berrie Kabobs, and way more if you come hungry enough. For dining on the finer side, try one of the restaurants on Grapevine’s Historic Main Street, as they will all be open during the festival.
The entire family will enjoy the traditional old-school carnival rides and games scattered along the venue. If you want to take advantage of nonstop fun, get an Unlimited Carnival Ride Pass, which will be exclusive for September 13th. Together with games and rides, there are plenty of interactive activities for kids in the KidsWorld area, including SEA Life Aquarium, and Legoland.
Your wine knowledge needs cultivation in order to grow. The best thing about a good wine festival like Grapefest is how fast you improve your wine knowledge just by being immersed in a wine-centric environment. You can make a wine festival into your personal wine guru by taking part in as many tastings and experiences as possible.
Visit the Champagne Terrace to experience some bubbly from some of the top regions in the world, hone in on the Texas flavor at the Grapevine Wine Pavillion which features local tasting rooms, or take your wine knowledge global in the Premium Wine Pavillions where you can try offerings from all over the world. You can also attend pre-festival wine pairing dinners to discover tasty new companions for your favorite varietals at some of the best restaurants in the area. Or get your feet wet in a Grapestomp where you can squish your way to a closer understanding of the wine-making process. Wherever you step at Grapefest 2018, you’ll up your wine-game just by being there.
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