Florida A&M University to Celebrate its Annual Grape Harvest Festival

By: FAMU Release
By: FAMU Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – August 8, 2012 -

Celebrating its 12th year, Florida A&M University (FAMU) will host its Annual Grape Harvest Festival on Saturday, August 25 at the Viticulture and Small Fruit Research Center located at 6505 Mahan Drive in Tallahassee. This year’s theme is “Stomp, Rattle and Roll: Celebrating a Legacy of Excellence.”

The festival will begin at 8 a.m. and the Vineyard Run/Walk will kickoff with registration at 7 a.m. The Annual FAMU Grape Harvest Festival is a community event sponsored by FAMU and coordinated through its Center for Viticulture and Small Fruit Research.

“We are pulling all plugs to provide an entertaining day of discovery and fun that helps to build stronger relationships between the university and the community as well as families and friends throughout Florida and beyond,” said Bobby Phills, festival coordinator.

This year’s festival will have an assortment of fun-filled amusements, educational displays and informative demonstrations for all ages. Some of the entertainment includes pony rides, a water slide, face painting and a petting zoo. Additional activities include: a hula hoop contest; grape throwing games; winemaking demonstrations/workshops; a health fair with exhibits from more than 20 local organizations such as the Bond Community Health Center, Leon County Health Department, Sickle Cell Foundation, and New Leaf Market; an invitational wine-tasting session featuring FAMU and other Florida commercial wineries; and an exciting and highly popular old-fashioned grape stomping contest.

Participants will have an opportunity to pick grapes at a specified time and place. Bags will be provided; but no buckets will be allowed. The festival promises to be jammed packed with fun-filled excitement for the entire family.

Admission is $2 per person and $5 for a family of four (two adults and two children 12 and under). For more information, contact Angela Harper at (850) 599-3996.

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