10/27/2014 10:28:12 AM
Wadmalaw Island, S.C. -- Praying for a bountiful harvest for more than a decade, Irvin~House Vineyards invites the public to the 12th Annual Blessing of the Vines Festival on Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m, located at 6775 Bears Bluff Road on Wadmalaw Island. Guests can witness the blessing of the muscadine grapevines by Father Greg Snyder. This centuries-old tradition is used by vineyards from around the world to celebrate the new harvest, robust vines and savory grapes. The event is open to the public, admission is $10.00 per car and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Frierson Elementary After School Program and The Center for Women.
Enjoy live music from One Kool Blow and food by Food by Hello! My Name is BBQ, Rollin' South, Stono Cafe' and King of Pops.
This year, local Johns Island restaurants will compete in the ”Souper Bowl” to benefit Frierson Elementary School. By purchasing a ticket, visitors can vote for their favorite soup created by chefs from Fat Hen, Sweeney's, Chez Fish, Stono Cafe',Tomato Shed Cafe' and Lokal. The chef with the most tickets/votes wins the competition. All the proceeds from the “Souper Bowl” tickets will go to Frierson Elementary.
Along with local craft vendors on-site and sugar cane crushing, this family-friendly event will also have pony rides, hula-hoops and face painting for the kids. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or a blanket to relax on the expansive lawn. Pets are allowed but must be leashed, and no coolers please.
The famous Irvin~House Vineyards Wine-a-Ritas will be served on the patio and Irvin~House Vineyards wine may be purchased by the glass or bottle and enjoyed outside. Tastings in the Firefly Vodka distillery and Irvin~House Vineyard winery are only $6.00 to taste 6 of 24 flavors of Firefly Spirits and $5.00 to taste 5 wines. Patrons will receive complimentary glasses during both tastings.
What: 12th Annual Blessing of the Vines Festival
When: Saturday, November 8, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission: $10.00 per car
Where: Irvin-House Vineyards
About Irvin~House VIneyard:
Irvin~House Vineyard, located at 6775 Bears Bluff Road on Wadmalaw Island in South Carolina, is owned by Jim and Ann Irvin. In March 2001, they planted 2,700 muscadine vines and converted farm barns into a winery with a tasting room, creating a unique business and a new attraction for the Lowcountry, becoming Charleston's only winery and vineyard. The Irvins have produced five varieties of wine. These wines range from a semi-dry to the regular sweet muscadine that is reminiscent of the old South. Muscadines are the only grapes that will grow in the humid climate of the Lowcountry. Irvin House Vineyards works with 4 varieties of muscadine grapes. For more information, visit www.CharlestonWine.com, follow Irvin~House on Facebook,https://plus.google.com/+Charlestonwine/posts or twitter @CharlestonWine.