Von Stiehl Winery and the Community Improvement of Algoma are presenting the fourteenth annual Wet Whistle Wine Fest on September 11 and 12 as a chance to get silly and get grape juice soaked in the annual harvest grape stomp. Any individual over 21 can enter for a chance to get messy by stomping grapes to compete for pride and wine prizes.
In each round or “heat,” stompers will compete for audience approval to move on to the finale. Costumes and creativity are encouraged.
Those too bashful to stomp are invited to enjoy a “celebration of the senses” through other fest activities. Guests can pair wine with specialty foods, take in a (no-admission) fine art fair, soak in some super summer-ending tunes and partake in wine tasting all weekend long.
Highlights include a special “Salute to Sausage” breakfast on both mornings at the Farm Market Kitchen. Activities after breakfast on Saturday will include a celebrity stomp-off at 11AM, music by Abraxis in the morning and the Groove Hogs in the afternoon. The finale will come at the Grand Grape Stomp-Off at 4:30 Saturday afternoon.
But only half of the fun is provided by the venue. Keep an eye out for the groups below:
- Wine Royalty: Looking at a swank robe? Keep an eye out for these folks draped in vines, with their staffs ad crowns.
Chain Smoking Nuns: These ladies aren’t fooling anyone. They came here to drink Naughty Girl wine and let off some…smoke. But they’re super-nice.
Six foot bottle. These ladies can be seen with a different label every year and are said to be the sign of a good time.
Want to form your own group? Have a set of t-shirts printed, or go whole hog and come up with a theme. Just remember everyone is welcome!
Children 12 and under are free, but must be accompanied by an adult. For a schedule of events, visit www.vonstiehl.com or call 800-955-5208.
The event blog has these suggestions for those considering the trip:
*For a better time, bring a chair, costume, and lots of friends.
*Plan to eat food and drink water along with your wine.
*You may feel out of place if your party isn’t wearing matching t-shirts at the Wine Festival
*The brewery patio will be serving burgers Friday afternoon and Saturday night. Wine is now available in the tap room.
*It’s not the best setting for children.
*The nuns aren’t really nuns. The walking wine bottles aren’t full of wine… until the end of the day.
*We all get along at the Wet Whistle Wine Festival. The Police uniforms aren’t costumes.
*Intoxicated wine bottles aren’t allowed outside the wine festival grounds without a police escort.
*The wine festival tasting tent is packed from 11 am to 4 pm so plan to sample early or late.
*It’s a great day for a free self-guided walking tour of the winery.