Irvin~House Vineyards celebrates decade of grapes at Grape Stomping Festival

  • Friday, July 26, 2013

Celebrating a decade of purple feet, Lucy look-a-likes and a stomping good time, Irvin~House Vineyards invites the public to join in the yearly harvest and stomping of the grapes at the 10th annual Grape Stomping Festival on Saturday, Aug. 24 from noon until 5 p.m. Admission is only $10 per car. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Frierson Elementary School and Lowcountry Local First.

Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or a blanket to picnic on the expansive lawn, but no coolers please. Along with live music from Bret Mosley and Guilt Ridden Troubadour, local craft vendors and food trucks will be on site. Kids will be entertained with a jump castle, face painting and hula hoops for the little stompers. Food vendors include Farm on Fire, Home Team BBQ, Lowcountry Creole, Stono Cafe, Tomato Shed Cafe, Dulce Desserts and King of Pops.

Tastings in the Firefly Vodka distillery and Irvin~House Vineyard winery are only $6 to taste six of 24 flavors of Firefly spirits and $5 to taste five wines. The vineyard’s famous frozen Wine-a-Ritas will be for sale to combat the summer heat.

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, the grape stomping contest brings 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 pounds of grapes in three minutes. To sign up your team or read rules about the competition, visit www.charlestonwine.com.

Charleston’s only winery, Irvin~House Vineyards, is located at 6775 Bears Bluff Road on Wadmalaw Island.

For more information, visit www.charlestonwine.com.

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