Children can join the action at Irvin-House annual grape stomp

  • Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Cameron Craw, daughter of Angie and Harold Craw had a good time stopming grapes last year at Irvin~House Vineyards. PHOTO PROVIDED

Calling all kids. It’s your chance to get stomping. Spots are still available for the Children’s Stomp at Irvin~House Vineyards’ 10th annual Grape Stomping Festival happening Saturday, Aug. 24 from noon until 5 p.m.

Similar to the Adult Stomp, which will be held in heats, the Children’s Stomp will have two children, between the ages of 6-12 years old, stomping grapes during an allotted time period. The catcher, or person who will catch all the grape juice that will be measured, can be of any age. The team to stomp the most juice will win prizes. To sign up your 6-12 year old team, call 559-6867 or email Fran Collins at info@charlestonwine.com.

Admission is only $10 per car and a portion of the proceeds Will be donated to local nonprofit, Lowcountry Local First and Frierson Elementary After School Program.

The public is invited to join in the yearly harvest and stomping of the grapes at Charleston’s only winery, Irvin~House Vineyards, located at 6775 Bears Bluff Road on Wadmalaw Island. 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.

Another 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 lbs. of grapes in three minutes. To sign up your team or read rules about the competition, visit www.charlestonwine.com.

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