Tickets for the 36th Annual GrapeFest are now available

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The largest wine festival in the southwest is held in September

GRAPEVINE, TEXAS (July 7, 2022) – Tickets for the 36th Annual GrapeFest® – A Texas Wine Experience, presented by Bank of the West, are on sale now. GrapeFest is the Southwest’s largest wine festival and features the nation’s largest consumer-judged wine competition.

This year’s festival will be held September 15, 16, 17 and 18, 2022 in the historic Grapevine, showcasing the finest wines from Texas along with exquisite selections from guest wineries in California’s Sonoma Valley and area. Italian from Sicily. Visitors won’t want to miss the signature People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic, Liberty Park Plaza Wine Experience and Champagne Terrace events, as well as the region’s wine pavilions and award-winning winery tasting rooms on the Grapevine Urban Wine Route. . Not a wine lover? Alternative adult beverages such as craft beers, hard sodas and ciders will also be available at booths throughout the festival.

All new for GrapeFest 2022

New to GrapeFest this year is the addition of VIP Experiences – tasting sessions and exclusive offers – which will provide festival-goers with additional comfort and amenities such as a private tent with limited capacity for a more extensive tasting experience. intimate, luxury seating, gourmet charcuterie boards, live entertainment and more. VIP offers will be available at both the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic and the Liberty Park Plaza Wine Experience.

A celebration of Texas wines

GrapeFest is a celebration of Texas wines. Home to more than 400 wineries and over 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 has earned its reputation as the seat of Texas’ wine industry, home to a bustling urban wine trail along historic Main Street that offers daily wine tastings and special events throughout the year.

The 36th annual GrapeFest will once again host the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic, a competition of more than 30 Texas wineries in which festival-goers will have the chance to taste more than 100 of Texas’ best wines and vote for their favorites. This flagship event, located in the historic Cotton Belt Railway District, is one of the most popular at GrapeFest and is the nation’s largest consumer-judged wine competition.

Guests will receive a wine reference guide outlining the featured wines as well as a ballot. The wine is judged in 10 categories (White: Dry, Demi Doux, Doux, Blends, Blush/Rosé; Red: Light, Medium, Bold, Sweet and Red Blends), and the winners will be announced on Sunday, September 18 at 5 p.m.

People’s Choice will host eight 90-minute tasting sessions Thursday through Sunday and three VIP tasting sessions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tasting sessions ($25 in advance or $28 at the festival) include light hors d’oeuvres accompanied by a souvenir glass of wine. VIP Tasting Sessions ($50) will offer a limited-capacity tasting experience and include live music as well as gourmet charcuterie and a souvenir glass of wine. All guests must be 21 years or older to enter.

The Liberty Park Plaza Wine Experience, sponsored by Gaylord Texan Resort, will offer an international wine tasting experience featuring Sicily, Italy and Sonoma County, California, with live music as the backdrop. Guests can purchase a six-ounce wine tasting card of a selection of 12 wines from the two featured wine regions. Additional flights will be available for purchase as well as wines by the glass. Tasting cards ($18 in advance or $20 at the festival) include a souvenir glass of wine. VIP tasting cards ($50) include prime seating in the Gaylord Texas Lounge (first come, first served), light snacks and a souvenir glass of wine, plus two glasses of specialty wines from the private bar. Tasting cards will be required at the entrance to Liberty Park Plaza.

Champagne Terrace, sponsored by Hilton DFW Lakes, returns to the shade of the oak trees of Weems Alley, located between the historic Palace Theater and Grapevine Town Hall. Guests will enjoy a beautiful garden-like setting and a sophisticated ambience of classical music under the porte-cochere while sipping on sparkling mimosas, poinsettias by the glass, and a variety of champagnes. Seating will be available on a first come, first served basis.

For a fun wine-themed festival, GrapeFest will host a Champagne Cork Shoot-Off, sponsored by Texas Gun Experience. This ticketed event will take place near the main stage of Grapevine Mills at Franklin St. by Tolbert’s. Champagne bottles will be placed on a stand and participants will push the bottle cap towards a target. Shots will be measured for accuracy and prizes (including cash prizes!) will be awarded to the Daily Shot winners and Grand Shot champion. Tickets are $5 per person for a single shot or $20 for five shots.

The nearby Grapevine Wine Pavilion will feature wines from the Grapevine Urban Wine Route, with selections from the tasting rooms of local Main Street wineries.

Customers can also register to participate in the popular GrapeStomp Contest located between the Ole Grapevine Cigar Store and City Hall. Teams of two exchange turns by stomping around 18 pounds of grapes for two minutes, and officials measure the juice extracted. Prizes for champions are awarded hourly. Scores are kept all weekend long with a Grand Champion Stomp-Off on Sunday, in which winners will receive the coveted “Purple Foot,” a glass sculpture from Grapevine’s Vetro Glass Blowing Studio. The entry fee is $10 per team (participants must be over 13 to compete).

Events and activities for families

GrapeFest is for family fun! This year’s festival will feature plenty of parent- and child-friendly activities, with tons of fun to be found along the Carnival Halfway, a kids’ zone, and all along the historic Main Street. Customers can take a ride on the giant Ferris wheel, experience thrills on the many carnival rides and try their luck on the intermediate games. After working up an appetite, they can top off their winnings with frozen drinks and classic festival bites like corn dogs, turkey legs, nachos, funnel cakes, snow cones and popcorn .

In a new location, the Kid Zone will feature interactive activities from the LEGOLAND Discovery Center, SEA LIFE Aquarium and Peppa Pig, as well as arts and crafts provided by 121 Community Church, inspiring educational experiences with House of Shine, face paint and more. Festival-goers can then walk across the Grapevine Vintage Railroad train platform to the European-style Harvest Hall food hall, and for $3 visit the Tower Observation Level at the main Grapevine Station, located at 815 S Main St., for a 150-foot-high bird’s-eye view of the festival grounds from the south end of historic Main St.

Shopping and dining along historic Main Street

Each year, GrapeFest draws artisans and market vendors from across the metropolis and beyond. Attendees can wander to the north end of historic Main Street to find a market of handmade treasures and unique gifts, as well as gourmet treats showcasing all things Texas – from local honey to barbecue sauces, salsas, baked goods, candies, craft sodas and more. Festival flavors aren’t limited to street vendors, however – patrons can sit back and relax at any of Historic Main Street’s famous restaurants, from Piaf Kitchen’s coastal Mediterranean cuisine to Farina’s Winery & Café (try spaghetti pizza) at Chicago-style Weinberger’s Deli, with over 120 sandwiches and more. Additionally, boutiques, galleries, jewelry stores and other stores lining Main Street will be open, offering special offers and incentives.

The 36th Annual GrapeFest® – A Texas Wine Experience, presented by Bank of the West, opens Thursday, September 15 at 11 a.m.

TIMES & ENTRY

Thursday September 15: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. – free admission all day

Friday September 16: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. – entrance fee after 5 p.m.

Saturday September 17: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. – entrance fee

Sunday September 18: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. – entrance fee

DAILY ENTRY

Adults: $10

Seniors (62+): $5

Children (6-12): $5

Children 5 and under: FREE

WEEKEND PASS

$20 voucher for Friday, Saturday and Sunday admission

For more information, please call 817.410.3185 or email [email protected] Also visit GrapeFest.com for more information and times.

How to get there

GrapeFest is proud to partner with Trinity Metro TEXRail to provide festival goers with an easy way to get to and from the festival. Attendees are encouraged to park at a TEXRail station and take the train to the Grapevine/Main Street station, which stops right in front of the festival entrance. Riders can park for free at a TEXRail station and ride to the festival, and avoid the hassle of finding parking. Additionally, customers who use GoPass to purchase a TEXRail ticket will receive a 50% discount on their round-trip ticket, plus $2 off festival admission with proof of attendance.

For those wishing to drive, there will be two free parking lots with free shuttles. Lot 1 is located in Grapevine Mills and will be dropped off at Front Gate #2 (E. Texas and Smith Street). Lot 2 is located at the Grapevine Public Library and will be dropped off at the main entrance of Hotel Vin. Shuttles for these lots will run from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Where to stay

Guests can book a getaway and save as area hotels and resorts offer various seasonal packages and promotions. Enjoy a range of accommodation options, including resort-style hotels, boutique hotels, and budget hotels. With over 20 accommodation options to choose from, there’s a place for every type of vacation experience and every budget. Visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com/hotels/deals-and-packages/ for details.