Lift a glass to vineyard’s blessing of the vines festival

  • Thursday, October 31, 2013

Raise a glass to the Blessing of the Vines Festival at Irvin~House Vineyards. PHOTO PROVIDED

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Raise a glass to celebrate the 11th annual Blessing of the Vines Festival on Saturday, Nov. 9, from noon until 5 p.m, at 6775 Bears Bluff Road on Wadmalaw Island.

The public will get a chance to witness the blessing of muscadine grapevines by Father Greg Snyder, hear live music by The Jefferson Coker Band and enjoy food and drink at the Irvin~House Vineyards. The event is open to the public, admission is $10 per car and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Frierson Elementary After School Program and Center for Women.

Patrons can enjoy the annual sugar cane crushing; and new this year, a shrimp and grits cook-off by local Johns Island chefs from local restaurants including Fat Hen, Rosebank Cafe, Stono Cafe, Seanachi’s and Tomato Shed Cafe. Tickets for the shrimp and grits cook off can be purchased for $5 at the event and all proceeds will be donated to the school program and Center for Women. This family-friendly event will also have pony rides, hula-hoops and face-painting for the kids.

Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or a blanket to relax on the lawn. Food will be available for purchase from Stono Cafe, Tomato Shed Cafe, Home Team BBQ, the Dulce Truck and King of Pops. Wine-a-Ritas will be served on the patio and Irvin~House wine may be purchased by the glass or bottle and enjoyed outside.

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. Patrons will receive complimentary glasses during both tastings. Pets are allowed but must be leashed, and no coolers please.

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