As tradition goes, summer’s last big hurrah is Labor Day weekend. I cannot think of a better way to wrap up a busy summer then with a celebration of the harvest of wine grapes then Yonah Mountain Vineyard‘s Crush Fest. Fine wine, grape stomping, live music all day long, food trucks and vendors made for a fun day.
We were fortunate to be able to set up Friday afternoon, so the Saturday morning of the event, we were there at the beautiful vineyard and able to enjoy a little time to walk around and enjoy the opulent and massive tasting room that is Yonah Mountain Vineyards. This winery could be anywhere in the world but its right here in White County (pinch me!) Having been at the event every year since its inception, we knew we were in for a busy day of food demo, so we took advantage of the quiet time and enjoyed a tasty cookie from That Bread Lady of Cleveland.
I had laid in plenty of supplies for demo — crackers, cream cheese, cookies and napkins. Such a big shopping cart full of food and was surprised the clerk didn’t ask where the party was at. If she had, I would have directed her to Crush Fest!
When the crowds came, they came in force starting around 10 am. At one point, we stopped, looked up and it was 3:30. Talk about time flying when you’re having fun. There had been a chance of rain all day, but we were thankful for everyone that it held off until the end of the event. Some pretty big rain and thunder passed as quickly as it came in.
We met a lot of new faces and saw a lot of friends we’ve met in tasting rooms and other events. Some of our fans hadn’t tried our Georgia Vineyard Fire and were instantly hooked. They were also glad to see that we had listened to their requests and we had gift boxes for our spreads at the event and could ship them as well.
We look forward to next year’s Crush Fest but we’ll be there again before then and hope to see you there. Call and ask about their wine cave tours and live music schedule.