Annual Fall Harvest Festival
Fall Harvest Festivities
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Galena Cellars Vineyard, Galena
4746 North Ford Road, Galena, IL
Are you looking to change up your search for the optimum fall festival event to attend this year? While there are plenty of them out there on the calendar, others don’t quite have the twist a Galena Cellars Fall Harvest Festival has. With plenty of wine, food and song to accompany the festivities, Galena Cellars highlights their event with a hands-on – or rather feet-in – grape stomp that is open to the public for participation – and plenty of laughs.
Designed to celebrate the fruits of our labor, Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery has set Saturday, September 23 from noon to 5 p.m. for our Annual Harvest Festival. The event will take place at the vineyard, 4746 North Ford Road, Galena, with a full day of family friendly activities. The Fever River String Band will provide live music all afternoon as the perfect backdrop to wine tastings and vineyard tours, horse-drawn wagon rides by local horseman, Kenny Koester of Scales Mound, and much more.
Selected area artists in many diverse genres will also be showing and selling their wares. Unique food options are being made available by Holliberri Icelandics (lamb) and the Galena Elks Club.
Highlighting the day is the festival’s grape stomp which draws a multitude of contestants of all ages and some very creative grape stomping techniques. Professional bag piper Bill Spivey of Apple River, Illinois, will also be providing a very distinctive accompaniment to the contest fun. Pre-registration for the grape stomp begins at 1 p.m., with the stomp scheduled for 2 p.m. Participation fee is $10 for adults; children stomp for free. Open invitations are always extended to previous winners of the stomp for defending their title. Prizes will be awarded. Participation is limited and on a first come, first served basis.
Admission to the general event is free. Vineyard tours are $7.50. The event also features wine tastings all day and a keepsake glass for an added fee.