Good ‘Vine’brations

Soldier Creek celebrates the grape harvest

-Submitted photo Teams work together in the grape stomping contest in the 2016 Good “Vine”brations Harvest Festival.

Soldier Creek Winery will celebrate the end of the year-long grape growing season during its annual Good “Vine”brations Harvest Festival this Saturday.

Events will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the winery, 1584 Paragon Ave.

To celebrate the grape harvest, Soldier Creek will be holding a Grape Stomp Tournament for guests starting at 11 a.m Such events have been used for thousands of years to celebrate the wine grape harvest.

“This is the first year we are offering a tournament for the grape stomp and prizes will be given away at every round,” Megan Secor, marketing coordinator at Soldier Creek Winery, said. “The grape stomp is a great way to channel your inner ‘I Love Lucy’.”

One teammate squishes juice from grapes in a barrel, and the other collects the juice in a bucket. The team with the most juice at the end of the round wins.

-Submitted photo Stompers leave their mark on the railing they use for support during the 2016 Good “Vine”brations Harvest Festival.

Thirty-two teams of two people will compete against each other. Teams will be limited to the ages of 21 and over. It will cost $35 per team, which will also include a stemless wine glass for each team member.

Each team will have a designated stomping time slot. Each winner of the quarter finals will receive a free T-shirt. The winners of the semi-finals will receive a bottle of wine to share, and the champions will win a free case of wine.

Along with the grape stomp, throughout the day Soldier Creek will be offering tours of the winery and hayrack tours.

There will also be an open air market including craft, direct sales and junkers taking place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The open air market will include vendors such as B.Accessorized, K & E Beads, Rustiq Charm, Barrel Me This, Thirty-One Bags, Addison James Fashion, Jamberry, LulaRoe, Paparazzi, Tupperware, Scentsy, LipSense Meg’nificent Lips by Meg, and more.

“We keep getting new vendors every day,” Secor said. “The open air market is new to the harvest festival this year. We are very excited to have it for guests this year.”

-Submitted photo Soldier Creek Winery employee Mary Alves measures how much juice the stompers got in the 2016 Good “Vine”brations Harvest Festival.

Food and drink vendors include an outdoor wine tent with wine samples from Soldier Creek Winery; ShinyTop Brewing with beer samples and glasses of beer for purchase; Grub Hub;The Dog House; and Fort Frenzy with freshly squeezed lemonade.

Also during the harvest celebration, three local bands will be hitting the stage to entertain guests.

The Wright County Rambler will perform first from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Following them will be Beaver Creek Trio from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. The final band to take the stage will be the Kris Karr Band from 6 to 8 p.m.

“The Harvest Festival is a great, fun way for Soldier Creek to celebrate the end of our grape harvest with our customers, friends and family,” Secor said. ”It is an amazing time for everyone to get together because there is so much for guests to do at the festival.”