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Grape Stomp & Harvest Festival, Tow, Texas, Aug 22 & 29, 2009

Don’t miss this year’s 20th Annual Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival at Fall Creek Vineyards, Saturday, August 22nd and Saturday, August 29th, from 11:00am to 5:00pm, both days at Fall Creek Vineyards, Tow Texas.

The annual “Grape Stomp” is a two-Saturday traditional favorite; full of fun and activity for all ages! With great anticipation and excitement, families enjoy winery tours, live local music on the vineyard patio, Castle Bounce, a play house, hayrides, chain-saw ice carving, and, of course, the excitement of your own “bare” feet grape stomping, “I Love Lucy”-style with the video playing, in wine barrels, all free of charge! Receive a free souvenir wine glass with $4 wine tasting.

No wonder Fall Creek’s 20th Grape Stomp & Harvest Festival is where YOU want to toast the harvest in the Texas Hill Country! Enjoy lunch and the culinary talents of the following Chef’s August 22nd 1st Course Chef/owner Leu Savanh of Zagat Rated August E’s Restaurant in Fredericksburg, will prepare his Signature Crab Cake Stacks made of Sweet, Tender Lump Crabmeat, Butter Crostini, Avocado, Tomato, and a Wasabi Mayo Emulsion. 2nd course Chef Michael Flores of San Antonio, is a noted cookbook author, gourmet instructor and can be seen cooking on the morning show Great Day SA.

Chef Michael will be preparing Chile Pasilla Lamb on Preserved Lemon and Olive Couscous with a Fried Eggplant Jam. August 29th 1st Course Chef/Owner David Garrido of Garrido’s in Austin and former chef of Jeffrey’s, will prepare Shrimp Tostados with Mango Aioli, and Julienne Vegetables with Pumpkin and Watermelon Salad. 2nd Course Chef Brian Hay of the TV Show “Austin Cooks” and Program Director of ACC’s Culinary Arts Program, will be preparing a puffed pastry with American style Beef Tenderloin, Canadian Brined Pork Loin on Fried Greens with Smoked Corn Salsa, Habanera Cream Sauce and Cabernet Cranberry Sauce.

Lunches will be paired with two glasses of award-winning Fall Creek Vineyards wines at 2 seatings each Saturday, 11:30am and 1:30pm, by reservation/325/379-5361 for $22/person, all inclusive of food and wine! Don’t worry about the Texas heat, as all activities are either inside the winery or under shade tents or on the covered patio with misters to keep you cool. Additionally, there will be delectable catered food on the patio to purchase, including Sandwiches, cheese plates, fruit cups, as well as Hot Dogs and French Fries for the children.

All to enjoy while listening to a wide array of live music from the band Southern Travelers! Or, expand your wine knowledge with “Hot and Getting Hotter…4 Wines to Take the Heat” as Texas Culinary Academy Professor and Author, Jane/”Miss Jane” Nickles, presents possibly some of the most delicious, educational and fun time you have spent in a long time, offered at 1:00pm and 3:00pm both Saturdays, $21/person by reservation/325/379-5361! All our demo lunches and classes sell out early, so reserve your seat now!

To celebrate the 20th Fall Creek Grape Stomp, join Chef, Author and TV Cooking Star Michael Flores for a fabulous private 3-course seated dinner in the winery dining room with owners Ed & Susan Auler. This dinner for 12 lucky persons will be offered on Aug. 22 @ $82/person, inclusive of a delicious menu paired with library wines. Pre dinner wine and cheese nibbles will begin at 5:00pm with dinner to follow and conclude at 8:00pm.

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