Tuesday, September 27, 2011

stomp grapes to live music at hunt country in branchport

Hunt Country Vineyards will celebrate its 22nd Annual Harvest Festival, October 1 and 2.
The event will be held rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is free, and families are welcome. No reservations are necessary.

Food will be prepared by the culinary arts students of professor Chef Mike Ditchfield of Penn College's School of Hospitality. Dishes, which will cost $2 to $4 apiece, include vegetarian bean soup, marjoram garlic pork with caramelized apple chutney, bison burgers, chocolate truffle torte and cream sherry pecan pie.

A grape-stomping contest, costing $1 per person, will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday and at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Carl Blood's horse-drawn wagon rides through the vineyards will cost $3 for adults, $1 for children younger than 12 and free for infants. They will be given from noon to 4 p.m. both days.

Winemaker Jonathan Hunt will lead 45-minute special cellar tastings at 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Seating is limited, and the cost is $7 per person.

Free, 30-minute tours of the wine making facilities, including information on the basics of making wine, will start at 11 a.m. Saturday and noon Sunday. The last tour leaves at 5 p.m. both days.

Standard wine tastings will be free.

Live music in the afternoon will be performed by The Stick Mob, featuring Suzanne Hunt, on Saturday, and Bourbon Street Parade on Sunday.

Food vendors and artists will sell items ranging from beaded watches to squash seed oils.

For more information on the festival, including a complete menu and schedule, go to http://www.huntwines.com/Harvest-Festival or call (800) 946-3289.

Hunt Country Vineyards is at 4021 Italy Hill Road, Branchport, Yates County.