FUN | FAMILY | FOOD | FITNESS
Join us at the 18th Annual Grape Harvest Festival on Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. The festival is expected to draw more than 3,000 participants and will be held at the FAMU Center for Viticulture and Small Fruit Research, located at 6361 Mahan Drive in Tallahassee. Be sure to share about the festival on social media using #FAMUgrapefest!
Celebrate family, food, fun, and agricultural discovery in recognition of FAMU’s role as a national leader in viticulture research. Featured activities include the popular grape stomping contest, a kids petting zoo, water slides, a grape throwing competition, a grape and wine sampling, a hula hoop competition, live entertainment, the 5K/2K vineyard run and walk-a-thon, grape picking, a health fair, and more than 60 community exhibitors and vendors.
In addition to the various family-friendly activities, participants will have an opportunity to tour more than 45 acres of the University’s premier muscadine grape vineyard.
The event will be hosted by FAMU’s First Lady Sharon Robinson and Dean of the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences Robert Taylor, Ph.D.
On-site registration is $6 for adults, free for children under 12, free for FAMU students with ID, and $3 for non-FAMU students with ID.
Florida A&M University Vineyard Run/Walk (Preregistration Required)
7:30 a.m. – Vineyard Run/Walk Warm-up and Set up
8 a.m. – First Lady Vineyard Run/Walk Starts
9 a.m. – Awards Ceremony
General Registration, Events and Competitions
8 a.m. – Registration (Required for all activities)
8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Health Fair and Exhibits
- USDA-ARS/CBC Insect Demonstrations
- CAFS Extension Program Display
- Gulf Specimen Marine Lab Inc.
9 a.m. – 10 a.m. – Fresh Fruit Grape Varietals Tasting
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Guided Vineyard Trailer Rides
9 a.m. – 10 a.m . – Fitness Demonstration
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Home Winemaking Workshop
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Opening Ceremony
- Welcome – First Lady Sharon Robinson
- Greetings – Larry Robinson, Ph.D., President
- Acknowledgement of Special Guests – Dean Robert Taylor
- Recognition Ceremony: 40th Vintage Viticulture Research
12 p.m. – Grape Stomping Competition
12:30 p.m. – Stomping Awards Ceremony
12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – U- Pick Grape Experience**
Wine Tasting Experience***
*Some grape juice may cause allergic reactions. If you are sensitive to grape juice, we encourage you not
to participate in this particular contest.
**Registration is necessary to pick grapes in the vineyards. Multicolor gift bags will be provided.
*** You must be 21 years or older to participate. Photo ID is required.